Health and safety

Our Approach

The safety, health and wellbeing of our employees, contractors, visitors and communities is a core value.

At MMG, we think safety first.

Our objective is to have our people (employees and contractors) competent and motivated to work safely, supported by visible leadership and effective systems and processes. We strive to continually reduce workplace injuries and create a safe work culture that extends beyond the workplace.

Protecting and promoting the health of our people is as vital as protecting their safety. We do this by assessing the pre-employment suitability of workers for the activities they will need to perform, supporting them to lead healthy lifestyles that contribute to fitness for work and minimising occupational exposures.

    Our Fatal Risk Standard, Safe Task Management Standard, People and Asset Protection Standard and Occupational Health and Hygiene Standard define MMG’s minimum requirements for Health and Safety, and provide the basis working safely and staying healthy at our operations. These requirements are audited as part of an integrated assurance process.

    Through the application of the MMG Operating Model, our operations focus on essential safety and health delivery work, supported by functional excellence that drives continual improvement of our management processes.

    Creating Safe Work

    To achieve sustained improvement in injury reduction across the organisation, MMG is driving a consistent approach to creating safe work.  Our program aims to build supervisor and workforce skills in planning and executing work safely. It also focuses on eliminating hazards.  The programme includes Field Task Observations undertaken by managers and superintendent, who provide in-field coaching on safety behaviour. 

    Fatal Risk Management

    Our risk management process focuses on specific, material events and their direct causes.  This process is applied to all operational risks, not just fatal risks. 

    We identify which of our activities is essential to preventing a risk event (the critical controls). We then detail the design, execution and verification requirements for each of these controls to be effective in preventing or mitigating a risk event.

    By implementing and verifying our critical controls as planned, we gain confidence that the greatest threats to our business and our people are being managed.

    Exposure Management

    The health risks at our workplaces include occupational exposure to noise, vibration and carcinogenic substances.  Central to our exposure management approach is the collection of baseline exposure monitoring data to establish a risk profile for harmful agents.  Controls to reduce occupational exposure are then identified, implemented and verified. 

    We aim to control occupational exposures at their source, during project design and at equipment selection. However, a formal personal protective equipment program (hearing protection and masks) and administrative controls (eg work schedules) also form part of our control strategy.  Our medical surveillance programs help us to identify when additional exposure controls are required.

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