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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2012
Whitehaven Coal Limited -- Annual Report 2012 25 SAFETY HIGHLIGHTS Improvement in group-wide safety statistics with lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) -- falling to 4.1 per million manhours from 6.4 per million manhours in FY2011 - well below the NSW Coal Mining industry average of 5.8 per million manhours. Safety values have been redefined and communicated following extensive consultation with the workforce: • We believe that safe production is the only way. • We believe that all incidents can be prevented and working safely is a condition of employment. • We want and need everyone's input to do business safely. Planned Task Observations have been introduced to our safety platform. All sites have now received training in how to conduct planned task observations. It is anticipated that the number of Planned Task Observations will continue to increase throughout FY2013 and beyond. Whitehaven's Group Safety Standards have been reviewed to align them with the Work Health and Safety legislation which came into force in 2011. In addition, information sessions were provided for our open cut and underground management teams and broader workforce to ensure the implications of changes to the legislation were well understood. Additional training has been provided for both supervisors and Health and Safety representatives, with more than 50 supervisors completing an advanced course during the year and 30 safety representatives undertaking either a full five-day training course or a one-day update training session. The Whitehaven Coal Fatigue Management Standard and the hours of work at our Werris Creek mine were reviewed by a specialist consultant during the year. The results of this review were presented to the Trade & Investment Resources and Energy Advisory Body and the Government Inspector, with positive feedback received. The findings of the review are also being implemented across the wider Whitehaven group. In addition to our existing Employee Assistance Provider (EAP), we are trialling an onsite EAP at both our Werris Creek and Tarrawonga mines. The trial is of an interventional care model that is designed to increase the visibility and accessibility of the counselling service. A counsellor is onsite one day per week at crib break and/or shift change over. Hazard awareness training was conducted at Rocglen, Tarrawonga, Werris Creek and Sunnyside mines. The sessions included information regarding hazard management, Take 5s, job hazard assessment and incident causation. New contractor access systems are progressively being introduced at all of our sites. For access to be permitted a contractor must have, as a minimum, the WHC Generic Induction, Site Induction and Letter of Competency. This system is now in place at all Whitehaven operating sites. The company's revised Alcohol and Other Drugs Standard has been authorised and communicated. The alcohol limit was reduced to 0.00 grams of alcohol per 100ml of blood, from its previous limit of 0.02 grams of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The disciplinary process was reviewed and is now two strikes, reduced from three strikes. This disciplinary process now also applies to contractors.
Annual Report 2011
Annual Report 2013