Safety

Safety: a core value

We believe that all incidents and injuries are preventable. We also believe that everyone's behaviour contributes to an injury free workplace. We strive to create a workplace culture where all employees and contractors share these beliefs.

Our goal is to have no incidents or injuries at all.

We are committed to protecting our people from harm by eliminating hazards in the workplace. All of our sites acquired prior to 2005 are certified to OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health & Safety Assessment Series). All newly acquired or commissioned sites are required to be OHSAS 18001 certified within two years.

Our safety standards

We seek to adopt best practice safety management systems to deliver world class safety performance. Our safety standards are aligned with broader Rio Tinto safety standards. These standards apply to all employees and contractors and are audited regularly to improve our performance.

Promoting safe practices

A safe workplace is essential to our continued success. Our safety professionals implement policies, systems and procedures to continuously improve our performance. Behavioural observations and regular safety or "toolbox" meetings actively promote safe practices.

Site based safety committees and a safety executive committee work to improve safety performance by:

  • Raising safety awareness
  • Enhancing safety skills through training
  • Implementing systems that assess the risk of operational hazards

Major initiatives that continue to improve our safety performance include:

  • Man-machine interface programme
  • Hazardous energy control programme
  • Safety leadership programme
  • Major risk management assessments