Health, Safety & Wellbeing

At Ausenco we believe that all accidents and incidents are preventable. Our commitment to the health and safety of all of our employees is driven by strong leadership, the engagement of our employees and the effective systems needed to achieve our vision of a zero harm working environment. We make sure we learn from incidents that occur and exhibit behaviours that demonstrate our commitment to health and safety.

Our HSE Strategy is designed to ensure people make the right decisions each and every time through a shared culture of Safety Citizenship. This is because achieving excellence (zero harm) is only possible when we are working together, with a unified and aligned approach, where we all know where we are headed and how we are going to get there. Our HSE strategy is underpinned by seven (7) elements, which are:

  • Leadership that drives a shared culture of Safety Citizenship.
  • World Class Systems that are compliant with OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 and demonstrate that our critical risks and hazards are being effectively managed.
  • A Reporting System that provides us with ‘Line of Sight’ into our HSE performance and the effectiveness of our HSE strategy.
  • Core HSE Tools that enable our people to manage our critical hazards.
  • HSE Front End Loading designed to provide the framework for successful project delivery.
  • HSE Communications that ensure we are effectively engaging with our people and sharing and applying lessons learned through a process of continuous improvement.
  • Governance and Assurance that demonstrates the effectiveness of crucial systems

Safe Work Week 2016

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Our core tools

At Ausenco, we have a range of initiatives and tools we use globally, both internally and externally, to ensure the health and safety of all our employees.

HSEC Hub
HSE Incident and Data Management System (IDMS)
Job Safety Environment Analysis (JSEA)
Right to Start Hazard and Risk Assessment Booklet
Right to Start Mouse Mats for office use
Safe Act Observations (SAO)
Pre-Start and Toolbox meetings
HSEC eLearning modules
International SOS for medical and security assistance Chemwatch to manage our Dangerous Goods
Risk Assessments
Personal HSEC Plan
Golden Rules of Safety

Our Golden Rules of Safety

Ausenco’s Golden Rules of Safety focus on preserving life, changing behaviours and managing hazards and risks that could potentially cause serious personal injury or loss, through a common set of globally applied safety rules. They focus on activities where the safe behaviour of people is critical to the delivery of a safe outcome and also improve understanding and communication to achieve Zero Harm.

The Golden Rules of Safety apply to all Ausenco employees and contractors in our offices, project sites and operations. They are:

Only enter a confined space if a permit has been issued and you are trained and authorised to do so.

Wear your seatbelt and do not use hand held communication devices whilst driving.

Isolate and discharge all energy sources.

An excavation and ground penetration permit is required for all ground penetration below 300mm.

Use of illicit drugs and alcohol is strictly prohibited; fatigue must be managed.

Ensure the lifting device can safely lift the load and everyone remains clear of suspended loads.

A permit to work is required for any work requiring hot work, confined space entry, excavation, removal of grid mesh/checker plate flooring or energy isolation.

Use fall protection and fall prevention measures when working at height.

Reporting system that provides line of sight

Our Incident and Data Management System (IDMS) captures, measures and reports in real time on a suite of Positive Performance Indicators (HSEC metrics) designed to provide line of sight into our HSEC performance. Through the IDMS, we:

  • Manage and capture incidents and data on a single web based global system that operates and translates into 25 different languages.
  • Discuss HSEC performance, track progress, actions and focus on addressing critical risks and hazards.
  • Share critical information to prevent loss from occurring across our business.
  • Highlight emerging trends and act strategically to prevent incidents from occurring or reoccurring.
  • Modify or change our HSEC strategy based on the feedback from our people and/or through real time data.
  • Monitor and review an expansive set of HSEC metrics to gain greater insight into trends and effectiveness of mitigation strategies.
  • Produce real time dashboards and data facilitating ‘line of sight’ for business leaders, employees and HSEC professionals.
  • Produce real time reports and statistics to facilitate efficient and globally aligned reporting.

Communication and consultation - reaching the hearts and minds

Our aim is to ensure that information is valuable and successes and lessons learnt are shared for continuous improvement. We encourage collaboration and feedback so that we reach people on a personal as well as a team-level.

Our communication and consultation tools are continually evolving, but include:

  • HSEC moments at the start of every meeting – An opportunity to share knowledge and keep HSEC at the forefront of everything that we do.
  • Pre-start meetings on site – Primary tool for the identification of risk and management of change by discussing the daily scope of work whilst walking and inspecting the work area and interface points to develop or test the validity of the JSEA.
  • HSEC alerts - Designed to share critical information from events or innovation in the workplace to mitigate risk.
  • Toolbox topic - Aimed at addressing emerging trends for project and office environments that is relevant and to the point.
  • Group HSEC meetings - Discuss employee issues, performance. Subject TRI and SPI Presentations to peer review and share important lessons learned.
  • Annual HSEC weeks, including Health Week, Environment Week and Safe Work Week - Dedicating an entire week to promote ingenuity, participation and collaboration (health, safety, environment).
  • Use of internal communication channels, including digital media.

HSEC performance snapshot

  • Improved 12 month Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) to 0.23 per million man hours.
  • TRIFR has risen slightly to 3.71 per million hours worked, seen as a consequence of a near 5 fold increase in reporting in 2013 due to the introduction of the new Incident and Data Management System (IDMS).