Health & Safety

Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL)

Health and safety performance

QAL worked hard to improve its safety performance after a poor start to 2014. In total, 21 recordable injuries were recorded for 2014, of which 16 recordable injuries occurred in the first half and five injuries in the second half.

Despite the improvement in safety performance in the second half of 2014, QAL was unable to achieve the recordable injury reduction target of 14 in 2014.

QAL improved its monitoring of workplace and employee health and hygiene, introducing revised scheduled surveillance medicals and similar exposure group monitoring, which was undertaken throughout the year.

Show Table

2013

2014

2014

Performance

2015

All injury frequency rate (AIFR)

1.02

1.20

0.82

0.82

Lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR)

0.55

0.69

0.74

0.54

Lost time injuries (LTIs)

9

12

13

13

All injuries (AIs)

17

21

14

14

Occupational illness

2

4

<11

<7

Significant potential incident (SPI) closure rate

100%

100%

95%

95%

Significant potential incident (SPI) closure rate - We use significant potential incident reporting and remedial action closure measures to promote identification, investigation, management and sharing of lessons learned from near-miss events with potentially fatal consequences.


Injuries
Injuries to body part

Hand safety

Hand safety was a major focus in 2014, with 71 per cent of recordable injuries occurring to fingers and hands. Sprains and strains accounted for 19 per cent of the remaining recordable injuries.

The occurrence of hand injuries was reduced significantly in the second half of 2014. We introduced a hand safety campaign, which focussed on injury awareness and prevention with a number of initiatives, including the Take 5 Pre-Task Hazard Assessment and the Zero Incident Process (ZIP) training programme, which were embedded throughout the year. This campaign, and commitment from our workforce, helped us reduce the number of hand injuries and the total recordable injury rate in the second half of the year.

We are committed to the continuation of that hand injury reduction throughout 2015.

Health and safety training initiatives

The Zero Incident Process (ZIP) training programme was introduced at QAL in 2014 with positive feedback gathered from the pilot sessions. This psychology-based safety training programme was presented to key employee groups throughout 2014 and will be rolled out to the rest of the workforce in 2015.

HSE Bravo! awards

In 2014, 77 Bravo! safety innovations were submitted for review by the Plant Health and Safety Committee. These initiatives were judged by the panel and the winners were presented with HSE Bravo! awards for their efforts and positive contribution to QAL. This initiative has allowed our employees to take ownership of their own health and safety and has helped engage and inspire other employees to come up with ideas to make QAL a safer place.

Health and wellbeing initiatives

The new QAL Health and Fitness standard commenced implementation in August 2014. In 2015, the objective is to achieve a system that provides the “one best way of doing things”, meaning that contractors and employees will both undertake the same pre-employment medical processes.

Case Studies

Ergonomic improvements in Lubrication team

Annually, approximately 130 twenty litre drums are delivered to the top of Tertiary Tanks One to Four.
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