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Organisational Health and Safety
Health, Safety and Environment Strategy
AGL’s strategy is based on our commitment to provide
a safe workplace, with engaged and resilient employees.
AGL understands the importance of having a strong, risk-focused
health, safety and environment culture. The AGL Health, Safety
and Environment (HSE) Strategy provides the framework to drive
change in HSE culture and performance, assisting AGL in achieving
its goal of being a safe and sustainable business.
The HSE Strategy is built on four cornerstones which are:
>> leadership
>> an active HSE culture
>> safe workplaces and equipment
>> a systematic approach.
The HSE Strategy is enabled through the delivery of the
annual HSE Action Plans, and measured through HSE monthly
performance reports.
Strong and dedicated safety leadership is an essential component
of achieving a ‘zero-harm’ work environment at AGL. An effective
safety culture requires commitment, accountability and continuous
reinforcement from all levels of management, including the
AGL Board.
The AGL Board and executive team review safety performance
via the monthly Group Performance Report. The Board Safety,
Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Committee also reviews
safety performance on a quarterly basis, as well as reviewing
audit findings and recommendations, strategic priorities and
incident performance.
Safety is included as an agenda item in all business unit leadership
team meetings. In addition, the Merchant Energy and Upstream Gas
business units have established HSE Councils as a further mechanism
for monitoring safety performance. Membership of these councils
includes leaders, employees and Health and Safety team members
from the business unit.
Active HSE Culture
Improving the safety culture at AGL continued to be a focus
during FY2012.
The process for conducting ‘safety and wellbeing conversations’
has become well-established at AGL. A safety and wellbeing
conversation is a tool for ensuring leaders and employees participate
in open discussions about safe and healthy behaviour, with a view
to challenging and preventing unsafe, or unhealthy, behaviour.
During FY2012, AGL recorded 1,242 safety and wellbeing
conversations across the entire business. Senior leaders discussed
the outcomes of safety and wellbeing conversations at leadership
team meetings, with the purpose of improving the quality of
conversations conducted and highlighting any potential safety
improvements. Increased use of the safety and wellbeing
conversation process has encouraged senior leaders to engage
directly with employees to demonstrate AGL’s commitment to
safety, particularly in relation to employee wellbeing.
New employees and contractors are introduced to the safety
culture at AGL through the delivery of induction training. AGL’s
online induction program was completed by 733 new employees,
transferees and contractors as at 30 June 2012. Existing employees
with over one year’s service are required to complete an annual
online refresher in AGL’s HSE framework. As at 30 June 2012,
1,946 existing employees and contractors had completed this
program, equating to 100% of eligible employees.
During FY2012, the safety training provided to new leaders at
AGL was reviewed and revised. A workshop introducing new leaders
to AGL’s HSE framework was piloted in June 2012, with further
workshops to be held in FY2013.
Workplaces and equipment
In addition to managing HSE systems, safety culture and leadership,
the physical risks present in AGL work environments are assessed
and managed continuously. Risk registers in each of AGL’s business
units have been reviewed during FY2012 to ensure risk levels are
as low as reasonably practicable.
HSE consultation committees and representatives are an important
link in engaging with employees on matters relating to safety, health
and the environment; and in delivering the HSE Strategy.
During FY2012, AGL continued to consult with employees on
HSE issues with 71 employee representatives on the nine HSE
Committees, covering AGL’s 2004 employees (FTE basis).
The HSE committees discuss, among other topics, the potential
risks present in workplaces and the safe use of equipment.