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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2009
Whitehaven Coal Limited -- Annual Report 2009 15 Achievements Appointment of the Group OH&S Manager and OH&S Advisor. In January 2009 Whitehaven appointed Justin Lawrence to the role of Group OH&S Manager. Following this appointment Rachael Schneider commenced in the role of OH&S Advisor in June 2009. The focus for the first half of 2009 was system review and improvements, incident reporting and data capture and compliance. Coordination of the legal compliance audit program. All sites, excluding Narrabri Underground due to Whitehaven not being the operator, were involved in a legal compliance audit to the Coal Mines Health and Safety legislation. Coal Handling Preparation Plant Occupational Health and Safety Management System Review. A full review of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System of the Coal Handling Preparation Plant was coordinated with involvement from all levels of the workforce. A detailed action plan supports the review with individuals assigned actions to implement system improvements. Improvements to the Health and Safety Communications Process. A system to improve health and safety communications across the group was developed and implemented. The system incorporates learnings from Whitehaven incidents, communication of safety programs and initiatives and general tool box talk topics. The communications process improves the sharing of information to all levels of the organisation. Preparation of crisis management protocols for improved response if the worst case scenario occurs. Work has commenced on the establishment of a crisis management plan, crisis management duty cards and crisis management facilities for both the underground and opencut operations. Crisis management is a risk mitigation process to ensure family, media, legal, community and business concerns are managed in a controlled form. Employee Assistance Program implementation. A reputable employee assistance company has been engaged to provide confidential support and counselling to Whitehaven employees and immediate family members. The program consists of a 24 hour 7 day a week support service that is able to be utilised over the phone or by arranging face-to-face appointments. Health and Safety document management and consolidation. An intranet is currently under construction to improve access and availability of documents. The intranet includes provision for a document management system that will ensure only the latest version of a controlled document is available.
Annual Report 2008
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