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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2013
32 Whitehaven Coal Limited Annual Report 2013 A key positive performance measure for Whitehaven is the number of Planned Task Observations (PTO) conducted at our mining, construction and exploration areas (Figure 4). PTOs involve the observation of all steps of a task as it is being carried out to ensure procedures are safe, accurate and being followed correctly. Figure 4 -- Whitehaven Group, Underground Operations & Open Cut Operations Planned Task Observations FY2012 -- FY2013 0 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000 6000 7000 WHC Group PTOs U/G PTOs O/C PTOs FY2012 FY2013 Whitehaven introduced the PTO process across its operations in late FY2011 with the aim of improving safety outcomes for the Company. Following a steady uptake in FY2012 the number of PTOs completed in FY2013 reached a total of 6,070, signi cantly higher than the 758 completed in FY2012. In an e ort to maintain the momentum of the process, the Company has set a new target for FY2014 of one PTO per manager/ supervisor per week. Progress against this target is reported to the Board each month in an e ort to reinforce the importance of the process to improving safety outcomes across the Company. Health & safety initiatives Safety Day In August 2012 Whitehaven arranged a series of 'Safety Days' with the following objectives: • Demonstrate that Whitehaven Coal is serious about the safety of employees and contractors and that everyone has the right to go home safe at the end of the work day. • Communicate that unsafe behaviour is not acceptable and all incidents are to be reported. • Reinforce some of our key safety processes; and to • Communicate and receive feedback on our Safety Values. 4 A toolbox talk is a short, 10-15 minute discussion led by supervisors with their employees, also allowing employees to ask questions and make comments. A toolbox talk is usually focused on one speci c topic -- in many cases toolbox talks relate to safety initiatives. Seven Safety Days were held in total with ve occurring for the open cut operations and two for the Narrabri mine. Over 1,200 workers attended, including Board members, senior management, employees and contractors. Production ceased at each of the respective operations while their safety day occurred. In response to the feedback received a Safety Day action plan was developed and is being implemented across all Whitehaven operations. The remaining Safety Day actions will be completed by end the of calendar year 2013. Safety Day 2012 Safety Values An important objective of the Whitehaven Safety Days was to communicate a draft set of safety values with the intention of receiving feedback from Whitehaven employees and contractors. As a result of the feedback received the following Whitehaven Safety Values were nalized and communicated to the workforce: • We believe safe production is the only way • We believe that all incidents can be prevented • Working safely is a condition of employment; and • We want and need everyone's input to do business safely. The Whitehaven Safety Values have been communicated by site toolbox talks4, 2013 Safety Calendar and included in the Whitehaven Group Generic Induction. 3 Health and Safety
Annual Report 2012