HEALTH AND SAFETY
At Yancoal, the health and safety of our people is our highest priority and we remain committed to minimising harm. We will never compromise on safety.
The Board’s Health, Safety and Environment Committee (HSEC) sets the direction for the company’s continued commitment to operating its mines to the highest safety standards in accordance with legislative requirements. This approach is formalised in Yancoal’s Health and Safety Policy. Working with Yancoal’s executive and senior management teams, the HSEC is chaired and led by members of the Board of Directors of Yancoal Australia Limited (Board), providing external oversight of the company’s operating and reporting standards.
Each mine implements proactive strategies to update and monitor its safety standards, behaviours and reporting to ensure operations are aligned and focused on achieving Yancoal’s aspirational goal of zero harm. Taking responsibility for the safety of all employees, contractors and visitors, Yancoal continues to implement robust safety and risk awareness and management practices across all areas of its operations.
Yancoal’s Total Recordable Inury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) and Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) both steadily improved during 2018 compared to the previous year. There was an overall reduction on a site-by-site basis in the number of work-related incidents, as well as a reduction in the number of high consequence, lost time injuries, notwithstanding the significant increase in the number of hours worked following the acquisition of the Coal & Allied operations. These improvements reflect the company’s continued emphasis on safety and the ongoing implementation of the Core Hazard Critical Control program.
CORE HAZARD CRITICAL CONTROL PROGRAM
Yancoal commenced the roll-out of the Core Hazard Critical Control program in 2017, with the objective of increasing control over rare, but potentially significant, events by identifying Core Hazards within the workplace and associated Critical Controls to prevent significant consequences. The implementation of the Core Hazard Critical Control program continues, with the focus on mandating and implementing verification activities around Critical Controls to ensure they are implemented and operating as designed across sites.
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
During 2018, Yancoal conducted a review of the business’ wellbeing programs and approval was given for a pilot to be conducted to establish the feasibility of a formalised Yancoal Mental Health Program. The pilot is programmed to be completed in 2019 and subject to its efficacy, the program is proposed to be implemented across Yancoal in 2020.