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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2013
30 Whitehaven Coal Limited Annual Report 2013 3 Health and Safety 3.1 OUR APPROACH TO ENSURING THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR WORKFORCE Whitehaven is committed to protecting our workers (employees and contractors) from injury or illness while working at any of our operations, construction projects or exploration areas. We take this commitment seriously and expect those working for us to share the same level of commitment. Whitehaven aims to: • Achieve zero workplace injuries and illnesses. • Achieve zero plant and equipment damage; and • Achieve zero environmental incidents. These objectives have been communicated to our workers in the form of the Whitehaven Coal Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Policy approved by the Managing Director. They underpin our three-yearly Health and Safety Strategic Plan and our annual Health and Safety schedule, which was renewed at the commencement of 2013. Whitehaven's Health and Safety Management Systems are based on the requirements of AS 4801 -- Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and relevant Health and Safety legislation. Our management systems have been tailored to the speci c activities including the: • Open Cut Health and Safety Management System • Underground Health and Safety Management System • Construction Health and Safety Management System; and • Exploration Health and Safety Management System. The speci c activity-based Health and Safety Systems are supported by the overarching Group Health and Safety Management System. The Group Health and Safety System comprises mining, construction and exploration standards that are consistent across these activities. For example, risk management, con ned spaces, working at heights, alcohol and other drugs, fatigue management, etc. Whitehaven's Health and Safety Systems are supported by a robust Health and Safety planning process aimed at delivering improved Health and Safety performance. A Company-wide three-year Health and Safety Strategic Plan is developed by senior management identifying key Health and Safety Improvement Programs for implementation at each of the operations. The 2013 Improvement Programs include: • Golden Rules and Health & Safety Tolerance Levels • Behavioural Health and Safety Program • Contractor Management -- Compliance and Behaviour • Signi cant Incident Learnings • Whitehaven Group Health and Safety Auditing Program Based on the three-year Health and Safety Strategic Plan an annual Health and Safety schedule is developed to monitor the completion of assigned actions. Development of the annual Health and Safety Schedule is through close consultation with Senior Management and Health and Safety personnel. Key milestones achieved to the 2013 Health and Safety Schedule include: • Completion of the SafeStart Pilot Program at Rocglen Open Cut mine • Implementation of an Incident Management Database • Review of the Change Management Standards • Completion of Supervisor Health and Safety Training • Development of a Training Needs Analysis • Internal Auditor Training -- Whitehaven Group Standards • Distribution of the Whitehaven 2013 Safety Calendar • Improvement to Whitehaven's injury management protocols • Communication of Whitehaven's Health and Safety Values The 2013 annual Health and Safety Schedule continues to be implemented with action completion regularly monitored by the Group Health & Safety Manager.
Annual Report 2012