SAFETY, HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT – ONE OF CSR’S CORE VALUES – ENSURING A SAFE WORKPLACE AND PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT.
Safety, health & environment
Safety, Health & Environment (SH&E) is paramount at CSR. Our goal is zero injuries, as is minimising the impact of our activities on the environment and the communities in which we operate.
SH&E is one of CSR’s five core values. We aim to live this value at CSR by taking individual responsibility for the safety and health of ourselves, our co-workers and our environment.
SAFETY, HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Since the mid 1990s CSR has implemented a Safety, Health & Environment Management System, known as SHEMS. SHEMS has been established to ensure that all activities which may have an impact on the safety and health of people associated with CSR’s operations or products and the environment are carried out in a manner that will not result in harm. It ensures compliance with:
- all relevant statutory Acts, Regulations and codes or Practice
- Australian standards referenced in legislation
- statutory licences and industry codes
- CSR SH&E policies, standards and other mandatory requirements
- responsible care
- Managed System standards (ISO 9000, ISO 14001 and AS/NZS 4801)
To achieve this we have operational policies covering all SH&E functions and related hazards and environmental aspects. These operational policies are designed to be applied to all CSR businesses and sites.
SH&E Leadership Program
In 2006 CSR introduced a new SH&E Leadership program to facilitate the development of effective leaders to ensure safe workplaces and that the environment is protected.
The program incorporates key aspects of CSR’s SH&E Management System, problem solving techniques, risk assessment methods and our leadership skills program.
Key to the success of the program is the practical application of the skills learnt in the program through a workplace improvement project. Teams are required to identify a risk on site, develop a means to mitigate this risk and implement the new procedure or process.
OUR GOAL IS ZERO INJURIES. WE TAKE INDIVIDUAL responsibility for the safety and health of ourselves, our co-workers and our environment.
The accreditation process covers the entire spectrum of SH&E issues.
During YEM08 a number of SH&E initiatives were undertaken including:
- CSR’s SH&E policy was revised to incorporate CSR’s updated values
- SH&E responsibilities and accountabilities were standardised across the company for all job positions. This is to ensure a consistent standard of SH&E across the company
- We began updating the SH&E Management System manual to reflect changes in the SH&E policy. This manual is a guide for assisting managers to know and better understand the expectations of the SH&E Management System
- We continued to roll out our SH&E Accreditation System across CSR, with all manufacturing sites (other than the acquired Viridian™ operations which will be included from next year) achieving bronze accreditation
- We will continue to assess our activities each year to ensure that each site maintains their accreditation level at a minimum and are encouraged to improve
- We continued to deliver the SH&E Leadership program across CSR
- We continued with our internal and external safety and environment audit program
SH&E Accreditation System
Established in December 2006, the purpose of the SH&E Accreditation System is to develop uniform SH&E standards across all of CSR’s sites and to provide benchmarks against which the performance of each operational site may be assessed and progress tracked.
The aim of the accreditation is to recognise those sites with excellent performance and commitment and highlight those areas requiring improvement.
The system includes an independent assessment of each site’s plant and equipment, management and other systems and of the site’s culture (the way people think and act), in particular the commitment of CSR’s employees to effective SH&E practices.
The accreditation process covers the entire spectrum of SH&E issues, from injury severity and environmental incidents through to water and energy use, emissions and waste production.
The assessment criteria and measures for the SH&E Accreditation System are consistent across all CSR sites. They are shared and clearly understood, which enables employees to compare their performance against that of other CSR sites and to learn from the best. The criteria provide targets for continuously improving processes, systems and site culture to achieve best possible practice.