Health & Safety

The health and safety of our people is a core commitment

We want our people to go home the same way they come to work – with zero injuries. Port Waratah’s value of caring, especially around safety and family, drive our overriding commitment to the health and safety of our people at the core of our business.

Robust systems, processes and training provide the foundation for our Health and Safety Management Plan, underpinned by our certification to AS/NZS 4801.

Port Waratah’s obligation to health and safety also 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, our operations fall under Federal Security Legislation, and we have developed an Access Control system to manage these requirements. We partner with our suppliers and contractors, providing site-specific inductions and regular safety interactions to ensure everyone on site is free from injury and harm.

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, and our ongoing focus is to further develop a shared responsibility towards health and safety. This shared responsibility is underpinned in our safety programmes, such as The Fatal Eight, a set of personal commitments in respect to the fatal risks on our sites, and the ongoing implementation of fatality prevention through the Critical Control Management Plan.

All employees at Port Waratah are represented by an elected Health and Safety representative (HSR), from each work group. The HSR’s are joined by Port Waratah’s nominated representatives, as well as OHS and Environment and Community Relations team members monthly for the Port Waratah Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Committee Meeting. The HSE Committee works to continually improve systems and policies, and promote a healthy, safe and environmentally conscious workplace through open, honest and transparent consultation.

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 system has a number of risk management tools and processes, including:

  • pre-task hazard assessment tools, such as Take 5 and Job Safety and Environmental Assessments (JSEA). These tools are designed to be used on the job every day to identify hazards and implement appropriate controls before commencing a task
  • qualitative risk assessments, using a 5x5 risk matrix to assess the consequence and likelihood of a health and safety outcome. Completed by an experienced facilitator with a cross-section of experienced workers, they are used for the development of standard procedures and standard operating instructions, hazardous work, projects and more; The health and safety of our people is paramount and that means a non-negotiable commitment to zero injuries
  • Critical Control Monitoring Programme (CCMP), which involves developing risk assessments for each of our fatality risks and identifying critical controls and verification methodologies. They are verified by leaders in the field on a regular basis, who also ensure the CCMPs are effective and understood by workers completing tasks involving critical risks.

Occupational Hygiene

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

  • procedures in our 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.

Our commitment to Health & Safety

We are constantly improving and developing initiatives to enable us to progressively reduce the number of work-related injuries that occur at Port Waratah, to ultimately achieve our goal of zero personal harm. This includes:

  • Regular safety meetings and safety interactions
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Management procedures
  • Take 5 risk assessments
  • Equipment improvement to reduce and eliminate hazards.

Port Waratah’s employee wellbeing program takes a holistic approach to health, safety and the wellbeing of individuals. It recognises and addresses pre-existing conditions, age and lifestyle factors that may increase an employee’s risk of injury and illness. This programme includes voluntary health screening and services, such as:

  • skin checks
  • bowel cancer screenings
  • occupation hygiene samples
  • employee medicals
  • flu vaccinations.