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People and
safety
Sustainability Performance Report 2012 61
Organisational Health and Safety
Systematic Approach
AGL’s HSE management system, Life Guard, is based on the
requirements of AS/NZS 4801 (2001): Occupational Health and
Safety Management Systems; and AS/NZS ISO 14001 (2004):
Environmental Management Systems.
Internal and external audits of the Life Guard system facilitate a
culture of continuous improvement. Audit findings are reflected
in both local action plans and improvements to the management
system, strategic direction and safety programs.
In FY2012, Noel Arnold & Associates completed the second year of a
three-year audit cycle of AGL’s Life Guard HSE Management System.
Audits were conducted at 14 AGL sites, covering all business units.
Topics covered by this year’s audits included incident management,
emergency response, and management of hazardous substances, as
well as a number of environmental topics. The audits recognised the
visible commitment of leaders to HSE, the systems in place at sites
to ensure effective risk management and the communication with
employees on HSE matters. During FY2013, AGL will develop action
plans to respond to the auditors’ recommendations, focusing on
incident close-out and emergency response planning.
On 1 January 2012, harmonised Work Health and Safety legislation
was enacted which impacted AGL’s operations in New South Wales,
Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. AGL undertook
a number of activities to prepare for the new legislation, which
included training workshops for employees, updating Life Guard
system documentation to reflect the new requirements, and
implementing action plans to address detailed changes applicable
to individual business units.
AGL has annual HSE Action Plans in each business unit, tailored to
deliver improvements for specific risk areas. During FY2012 AGL
completed 99% of the actions in the HSE Action Plans, delivering
improvements in:
>> completion of incident investigations;
>> communication of incident investigation findings;
>> risk control;
>> contractor safety management; and
>> completion of online training.