Health and Safety

Our approach

We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of the more than 25,000 people working for us globally.

We also recognise that maintaining the health and safety of our employees, contractors and the general public avoids the material and financial risk that may result from delayed or suspended operations, financial penalties due to legal and regulatory non-compliance, or the increasing costs of rehabilitation and compensation.

Looking after the well-being of those who work for and with us is embedded in our core values. Our global management system and safety culture are distinctive features and characteristics of which we are very proud.

Ensuring a safe workplace across all our businesses is the responsibility of all employees and contractors. This is supported by our network of HSE Health, Safety and Environment professionals embedded in our operations and coordinated by regional and sector specific executive HSE Health, Safety and Environment managers. The HSE Health, Safety and Environment strategy is established and directed by the EGM – Global Health, Safety, Environment and Community in conjunction with the Company’s executive management team.

Our AS/NZS 4801 accredited management system outlines the Company’s key HSE Health, Safety and Environment objectives and minimum operational standards, and also provides detailed guidance to operations to drive continuous improvement in HSE Health, Safety and Environment management. The 10 operational standards focus on the key high risk activities performed by employees. These include but are not limited to vehicles and driving, working in confined spaces, working on isolated plant and structures, and working at heights.

HSE Health, Safety and Environment management performance is monitored via lead and lag indicators and is reported to executive management weekly, and to the Board Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) Committee quarterly. Significant HSE Health, Safety and Environment issues and incidents are raised immediately to executive management’s attention.

This performance is tested through internal and external auditing processes, and overseen by the HSEC Committee.

Our management system is built on our Mandatory Safety Rules and Operational Standards. More detail on these can be found on the Safety Management System page.

Key reference materials