Health and Safety


The health and safety of our people is our highest priority and we remain committed to achieving our goal of zero injuries. We will never compromise on safety.

The Health, Safety and Environment Committee assists the Board in overseeing Yancoal's health, safety and environmental responsibilities.

Focused on ensuring the implementation and improvement of Yancoal's HSE policies and procedures, the Committee conducts its meetings on-site, visiting operations throughout the year to engage directly with Yancoal's underground and open cut teams.

Yancoal is consistently working to educate, communicate and record employee safety initiatives across all sites.

No significant events were recorded at Yancoal mine sites for 2015, with the business continuing to improve its Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rates (TRIFR) and Lost Time Injury Frequency Rates (LTIFR) over the past four years.

Our sites use the latest safety management systems, such as the SAFEmap Safety Management System, for which Proactive Hazard identification and extensive hazard and incident investigation are fundamental.

Our emphasis on personal protection and safety apparel is matched by incident and emergency preparedness. For example, Yancoal’s operation in Western Australia, Premier Coal, has a “fitness for work” program aimed at fatigue management, physical and mental fitness, and the achievement of a site free of risk from the effects of alcohol and other drugs.

Employee health and wellbeing is also a key focus, reflected in medical and fitness programs to ensure employees are assessed and educated about health issues. Combined with a monthly physiotherapy clinic, these programs aim to improve overall health and reduce the risk of illness, injury or reoccurrence of injury.

Provision of an Employee Assistance Program, using external counselling, is aimed at resolving or assisting with personal issues that may have an impact on work.

Other initiatives include basic workplace first aid training, ergonomic risk assessment of individual work areas and training in strain injury prevention.