Health and Safety


At Whitehaven Coal, safety is the number one priority. The focus on safety leadership and culture empowers everyone to take whatever action is required to ensure safe operations, including stopping production when necessary. Our goal is for zero workplace injuries and for every person at Whitehaven to go home safe and healthy after each work day.

Approach

Whitehaven Coal recognises health and safety is inherent in the business and across the entire mining sector. As a consequence, safety is identified as a key focus across all operations. Whitehaven’s people are committed to continually improve safety performance and provide a safe workplace for fellow employees, business partners and contractors.

Whitehaven’s health and safety program is based on two key priorities: achieving zero workplace injuries and zero workplace illnesses.

Safety interactions are a key component of Whitehaven’s overall safety program, and are an integrated part of daily work at all operations. Whitehaven encourages safety awareness and a thoughtful approach to managing the risks. Positive safety behaviour is commended and encouraged, while leaders take the time to discuss at risk behaviour, which may compromise safety.

Safety Performance

Whitehaven’s reporting on safety confirms the effectiveness of the Safehaven Rules introduced by Whitehaven in 2014 (see case study).

In FY16, Whitehaven’s TRIFR (Total Recordable injury frequency rate per million hours worked) was 10.6 per million hours worked. The Whitehaven TRIFR has reduced by approximately 24% since the implementation of the Safehaven Program in 2014.

Whitehaven’s TRIFR rate compares favourably with the NSW coal industry average of 15.5.

Over the year there were no fatal accidents across Whitehaven’s operations. All high risk accidents were investigated and necessary measures taken to prevent similar incidents.

Health

Whitehaven takes care of its employees by preventing and reducing their exposure to noise, dust and vibration. We also promote the fundamentals of fitness for work, particularly for safety-critical roles.

The potential for fatigue to contribute to safety incidents is understood across the industry, and Whitehaven uses a range of methods to reduce potential for harm.

As part of Whitehaven’s wellness programme, campaigns have been implemented on making Whitehaven a smoke-free workplace from 2016 and on obesity, mental health, stretching, hydration and skins cancers

Approach

Whitehaven Coal recognises health and safety is inherent in the business and across the entire mining sector. As a consequence, safety is identified as a key focus across all operations. Whitehaven’s people are committed to continually improve safety performance and provide a safe workplace for fellow employees, business partners and contractors
Whitehaven’s health and safety program is based on two key priorities: achieving zero workplace injuries and zero workplace illnesses.
Safety interactions are a key component of Whitehaven’s overall safety program, and are an integrated part of daily work at all operations. Whitehaven encourages safety awareness and a thoughtful approach to managing the risks. Positive safety behaviour is commended and encouraged, while leaders take the time to discuss at risk behaviour, which may compromise safety.

Safety Performance

Whitehaven’s reporting on safety confirms the effectiveness of the Safehaven Rules introduced by Whitehaven in 2014 (see case study).
In FY16, Whitehaven’s TRIFR (Total Recordable injury frequency rate per million hours worked) was 10.6 per million hours worked. The Whitehaven TRIFR has reduced by approximately 24% since the implementation of the Safehaven Program in 2014.
Whitehaven’s TRIFR rate compares favourably with the NSW coal industry average of 15.5.
Over the year there were no fatal accidents across Whitehaven’s operations. All high risk accidents were investigated and necessary measures taken to prevent similarincidents.

Health

Whitehaven takes care of its employees by preventing and reducing their exposure to noise, dust and vibration. We also promote the fundamentals of fitness for work, particularly for safety-critical roles.
The potential for fatigue to contribute to safety incidents is understood across the industry, and Whitehaven uses a range of methods to reduce potential for harm.
As part of Whitehaven’s wellness programme, campaigns have been implemented on making Whitehaven a smoke-free workplace from 2016 and on obesity, mental health, stretching, hydration and skins cancers.

SAFEHAVEN PROGRAM

WOULD YOU PUT YOUR CHILD IN THAT SITUATION?
During FY15 Whitehaven enhanced the Safehaven Program with the creation of a video to promote the program’s seven safety rules. Featuring employees and their families, the film’s theme of ‘Would you put your child in that situation?’ questions workers to check that the controls they have in place are good enough to allow a child in that particular situation.

The seven rules are:

  1. Never work at heights above 2m without fall protection/prevention
  2. Always confirm that equipment is correctly isolated and de-energised before commencing work
  3. Never operate maintenance or operational equipment unless trained and authorised
  4. Never work on a tyre without first deflating the tyre to a safe working pressure
  5. Always follow positive communication requirements
  6. Never enter designated exclusion/no go zones without appropriate authorisations
  7. Always ensure that you are not standing or working within the fall zone of a suspended load, unsupported roof, unstable high wall or an inadequately supported load

Launched at Whitehaven’s annual Safehaven Conference, attended by more than 100 employees, the video was sent to every employee in the company, along with contracting partners. To date the Safehaven video has received more than 3,000 views on Youtube.