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Health & Safety

We’re powered by our people. Port Waratah is dedicated to the health, safety and wellbeing of our team, our visitors and our contractors. We want our people to go home the same way they come to work – with zero injuries.

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The health and safety of our people is a core focus

Every day our goal is zero injuries to anyone on our site. Port Waratah’s value of caring, especially around safety and family, drives our overriding commitment to the health and safety of our people at the core of our business.

Our robust systems, processes and training provide the foundation for our Health & Safety Management Plan, underpinned by our certification to ISO 45001.

Port Waratah’s obligation to health and safety extends beyond our own people. We have a duty of care to all contractors, customers and visitors accessing our facilities. As both an industrial site and an international port, we operate under Federal Security Legislation and have developed an Access Control system to manage these requirements. 

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A shared responsibility to working safely

Everyone at Port Waratah is responsible for the safety of themselves and those around them. We have partnered with our people to establish a strong safety culture.

Each team member at Port Waratah is trained and empowered to identify and report work-related hazards through our incident reporting system, ensuring the hazards are communicated to others and containment controls or rectification actions can be implemented.

Our shared responsibility is underpinned in our safety programmes, such as Fatal Hazards that cites the personal commitments eliminating fatal risks on our sites, and the ongoing implementation of fatality prevention through the Critical Control Monitoring Plan.

Port Waratah has established a Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Committee, consisting of employee and leader representatives from each work group and Health & Safety, and Environment team members. The HSE Committee meet monthly to continually improve systems and policies, and promote a healthy, safe and environmentally conscious workplace through open, honest and transparent consultation. 

We also share this overriding value in partnership with our suppliers and contractors, providing site-specific inductions and regular safety interactions to ensure everyone on site is aware of potential workplace hazards and the mitigating controls, personal responsibilities and commitment to the safety of the team. 

Caring for our people

Our Work to Live programme for employees shares our commitment to Health & Safety for our people and develops our health, safety and wellbeing culture across the business. It connects our safety at work to the things we care about outside of work – our family, friends and interests.

We take a holistic approach recognising and addressing pre-existing conditions, age and lifestyle factors that may increase an employee’s risk of injury and illness. The programme also includes voluntary health screening and services, such as skin checks, bowel cancer screenings, employee medicals and flu vaccinations.

Our dedicated wellbeing programme Live Better, Work Better, focuses on support for our people’s physical and psychological health. As part of this programme, our Mental Health Framework and Peer Support Network, raise awareness of mental health issues, providing and connecting support services, and training team members and leaders to be able to help others. While an online Wellness Hub provides resources to improve holistic health such as fitness workouts, mindfulness and sleep support, hypnotherapy and webinars.  

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Maintaining occupational hygiene

We have an ongoing comprehensive occupational hygiene programme based on identified health risks, which includes:

  • procedures in our Occupational Health and Safety Management System that outline the minimum requirements for the management of work that can impact on workers’ health 

  • training and communication regarding potential health hazards

  • a personal monitoring programme that includes ongoing measurement of personal exposures to health affecting agents, for example, noise, dust, welding fumes, organic vapours, legionella and the quality of potable water

  • a medical surveillance programme that includes the provision of pre-employment and periodic medicals to identify changes in workers’ health during their employment.