Occupational Health & Safety

Commitment and Compliance

The Perth Mint Refinery has Occupational Safety and Health Systems in place to minimise health and safety risks to employees, contractors and the public. The systems ensure that policies, procedures and work instructions comply with legislation and codes of practice. Objectives and targets are set and performance in achieving these outcomes is monitored and reviewed.

Consultation

At The Perth Mint Refinery there is regular consultation with employees, through weekly toolbox meetings and Occupational Safety, Health & Environment Committee meetings, which are attended by Managers and the Refinery's five Safety and Health representatives. The Occupational Safety, Health & Environment Committee meets monthly to review safety performance and propose improvements. Staff members participate actively in the site Safety Observation System, with more than 900 observations conducted in 2015, which contributed to site safety. 

Injury Management

The Perth Mint Refinery ensures compliance with the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981. Management is committed to ensuring all injured employees, regardless of work-related or non-work-related, return to work as soon as is medically appropriate. Return to work programmes are developed and implemented, and injury management consultants, are engaged when appropriate.

Third Party Certification

The Perth Mint Refinery achieved international accreditation for Safety AS/NZS 4801:2001 and OHSAS 18001:2007 in 2010. It underwent recertification for AS/NZS 4801:2001 and OHSAS 18001:2007 in 2013, with its Safety Management Systems found to be well established, implemented, maintained and controlled. The Refinery is regarded as a Western Australian mine site and is regulated by the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994. The Department of Mines and Petroleum undertakes regular audits of the Refinery.