Health and Safety

Health and Safety

The mining industry has seen significant progress over the last decade in how it addresses safety. There are inherent hazards on every mine site but we work hard to ensure that each of our employees and contractors return home safely at the end of each work roster. Our number one priority is for no fatalities or serious incidents to occur. To achieve this we have structured our safety systems around the identification of principal hazards and controls to reduce risk to as low a level as reasonably practicable.

View our Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy here.

Based on AS/NZS 4801:2001 and 4804:2001, our health and safety management system covers everyone who performs work at any of our sites. The health and safety management system identifies 12 elements that support the goals of Sandfire’s occupational health and safety policies. These elements outline expectations in key areas of health and safety management and have associated standards and supporting procedures. We undertake a program of monitoring, auditing and reviewing to ensure the effectiveness of our health and safety management system.

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Health and wellbeing

We strive to create a workplace culture in which our people are able to bring their best selves to work. To achieve this, we have implemented a number of initiatives and standards focused on physical health and mental wellness. Our HSMS requires personnel be assessed for their fitness to work and that health and hygiene hazards are understood and managed. Each year our Business Units undertake a review of their health risk registers which describe how health hazards will be controlled.

The benefits of physical exercise to mental wellbeing are well known. At the DeGrussa mine site we have a gym, sports courts and walking track for our workforce to use at the accommodation camp. We work with our catering contractor to offer healthy food options. We also drive annual health initiatives including skin cancer checks and flu vaccinations.

The last decade has seen a concerning increase in the diagnosis of mental health illness within the mining sector. The nature of FIFO mining, which combines time away from family with long hours and physically demanding tasks, can create a challenging work environment. We aim to ensure our people feel safe to reach out for help and are equipped to recognise the signals that could indicate a colleague may need help.

All employees, contractors and their immediate family members have access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a confidential service that supports, guides and counsels people to manage their mental health. We also provide mental health wellness training to our employees every two years, focused on raising awareness of mental health in the workplace and imparting strategies to manage mental wellbeing.