Port Waratah Coal Services has been receiving, stockpiling, blending and loading coal for export at the Port of Newcastle for over 40 years. We own and manage the Kooragang and Carrington Coal Terminals, with a combined capacity of 145 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). We have approximately 330 employees working across our business, operating our terminals 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
Port Waratah has an Environmental Management System (EMS) and Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) accredited to internationally recognised best practice standards ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 respectively.
These systems provide our framework for managing environmental and occupational health and safety aspects of the business.
Our management systems are subject to external auditing on an annual basis to ensure they are effective, fully implemented and continually improved in accordance with the ISO standards.
Port Waratah’s EMS and OHSMS were both recertified in 2020, which involved a seven-day auditing programme by an external auditor across both terminals and a thorough review of our management systems. Certification for the OHSMS also transitioned from OHSAS 18001 to the more current ISO 45001 standard, 12 months earlier than required. No non-compliances were observed during the certification process.
Due to COVID-19 site visitation restrictions at the time, the audit required the use of digital online engagement platforms, which replaced the face-to-face interactions and real-time video in the field in place of site inspections.
Our EMS has maintained ISO 14001 accreditation since 2009, and OHSMS since 2014. Internal audits, reporting of incidents, and training also assess the performance of the management systems. Our management team approves objectives and targets, which are tracked monthly.
All employees at Port Waratah are represented on health, safety and environmental matters by an elected representative from each department or work group. The employee representatives, Port Waratah Leaders, and nominated resources form Port Waratah’s Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Committee. The HSE Committee works to continually improve systems and policies, and to promote a healthy, safe and environmentally conscious workplace through open, honest and transparent consultation.
Our Sustainability Report is in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative core option, but at present is not externally assured.
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