Safety is a core value of Aeris. We work safely and ensure our colleagues do the same. Our Health and Safety Policy details our commitment to safety, to working safely in good mental and physical health, and to travelling safely to and from work. Aeris’ safety management process is based on risk management standards and processes including risk and hazard identification, consequence and likelihood impacts, and risk and safety management controls to eliminate or reduce risk to acceptable levels, workflow planning, and assurance.
We develop and maintain safe conditions by establishing risk and safety management controls including suitable equipment, fitness for work, engineering controls and authorisations, work practices and behaviours, monitoring, training and supervision.
Aeris risk assessments occur in:
- Mine sites as a Broad-Based Risk Assessment (BBRA);
- Activity and work planning as a Workplace Risk and Control Assessment (WRAC);
- Team or procedural as a Job Safety Analysis (JSA); and
- Employment as a Take 5 or Job Start prior to starting work.
Aeris’ risk management and safety plans are stored in a Safety Health Management System (SHMS) and are sanctioned by statutory leaders.
Aeris’ duty of care requires employees and contractors to adhere to the requirements detailed in the SHMS.
Major risks are known as “principal” and “critical” risks, which require specific risk assessments, control identification and assurance processes to check and verify the establishment of critical controls. Aeris monitors and examines incidents, injuries and illnesses, including their severity and impact as safety metrics. When incidents are investigated the ICAM (Incident Causal Analysis Method) method is used to identify key causal factors.
Aeris’ occupational hygiene performance is monitored in individual and work environments to identify respirable dust and silica, Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM), hydrogencyanide and noise. Monitoring is conducted and reported independently by specialist consultants.
In leading risk and safety indicators, which commonly reflect safety and reporting culture, Aeris monitors hazards reported, near miss incidents and safety interactions with site leadership. Actions identified by investigations, risk assessments, inspections or interactions and assurance are monitored to facilitate applied learning, continuous improvement and improved risk control.
Aeris’ key injury metrics are reported as:
- Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR)- Injuries which require medical treatment as a minimum, calculated at rate of injury per million working hours; and
- Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR)- Injuries where the worker is unable to be present at work or perform alternative duties, calculated at rate of injury per million working hours.