Safety Management Systems

The OHS Management System Audit Program utilises the national self–insurers auditing model to facilitate an internal safety management system audit process. This provides the site with gap analysis and recommendations for safety system improvements and supports our national self–insurance licensing.

A new OneSteel computer–based safety information management system has  been  implemented within our  Recycling and  Market Mills businesses. The system is designed to improve consistency of reporting, facilitate the sharing of information, as well as provide a tool to facilitate the effective management of corrective actions. Implementation of the system across the organisation is underway.

Risk Management

During the year, OneSteel continued to implement its 14 codes of practice. The codes of practice represent the minimum standards for the management of significant risks across the organisation. The OneSteel Assurance Program reviews compliance with the codes of practice.

Included in work under the OneSteel Safety Plan for the year was the building of capability in hazard identification, risk assessment and risk management.

Employee Engagement

Ensuring a high level of employee involvement in safety activities is an essential element of OneSteel’s approach to further reducing workplace injuries and incidents. OneSteel is working towards a culture of  interdependence in  safety, whereby employees accept responsibility for their own safety and also actively care for the safety of one another. Engagement of all employees is a key step to our success in reducing incidents and accidents.

Continuing to build the capability of our employees to better recognise significant risk is a key element of the OneSteel Safety Plan. OneSteel operates a number of programs aimed at increasing awareness of hazards in the working environment, encouraging employees to take time to consider potential risks prior to starting work and to reporting potential issues or incidents.

External Environment

Our Occupational Health and Safety systems, practices and performance have been an important element in OneSteel being granted Workers Compensation Self–Insurance status in all states where it is eligible.

OneSteel’s LTIFR of 1.3 is well below that of our global steel industry peers which averaged a LTIFR of 3.25 for the five–year period from

2006 to 2010.

At the 2010 Self Insurers of South Australia Safety Awards:

  • Whyalla Rehabilitation and Injury Management Advisor, Rick Santucci, received the Outstanding Practitioner Award
  • The Whyalla Steelmaking Department received a commendation in the Best Work Health and Safety Solution for its “Super Billets” project
  • Whyalla Steel Products employee, Frank Rocchi, received a comm–endation in the Outstanding Employee Contribution Award.

OneSteel was also well represented in the 2010 Australian Steel Institute Health and Safety Excellence Awards:

  • Laverton Rolling Mill Maintenance Planner, Robin Unger, received the Individual Award
  • Whyalla Steel Products employee, Frank Rocchi, received a High Commendation in the Individual Category
  • The Pneumatic Winch Puller developed by the OneSteel Reinforcing Acacia Ridge Team received the Improvement Initiative Award
  • The Sydney Steel Mill Billet Disconnect Project received a high commendation in the Improvement Initiative Category
  • Demonstrating a strong link between the two OneSteel core values of Safety and Customer, OneSteel’s ARC Transiflat System was the winner of the Excellence in Safety – Development and Design Award at the Lend Lease Australian Incident and Injury Free Awards 2010.