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Health & Safety

Health & Safety

Aurecon believes that engagement is the key to improving health and safety.

From our CEO through to individual employees working on site, we are committed to health and safety as a way of being, not just something to comply with. Your safety is incredibly important to you as an individual, but it is also incredibly important because people depend on you. Your partner, children, parents, siblings, friends and even your pets all depend on you to keep yourself safe so that you can continue to be there for them.

By remembering the true reason as to why health and safety is important, Aurecon employees are proactive in keeping themselves and their colleagues safe. The concept ‘Because people depend on you’ is more than a slogan, it is a call to action that empowers our employees to take time to do their work safely and stop any unsafe acts or work. We take our humanistic approach to health and safety to our clients and joint ventures, including our culture as well as our tools, knowledge and competency.

At Aurecon, our leaders are our role models who are constantly seeking ways to lead, demonstrate and communicate positive safety behaviours. They inspire and challenge our people to continuously improve, knowing that people depend on them. This is our commitment to our employees, our clients and the communities in which we operate.

We underpin our strong culture of health and safety with a detailed, targeted and responsive health and safety governance framework and management system.

Through application of our health and safety management system, our goal is to:

  • Provide  a safe and healthy work environment for everyone associated with Aurecon
  • Provide practical tools and techniques for use in the assessment and consideration of health and safety issues across all work we undertake
  • Provide expertise and resources to implement and maintain our health and safety policies, standards and procedures
  • Provide health and safety management processes to anyone working on an Aurecon project to assist in:  
    • eliminating hazards
    • preventing incidents  
    • assessing, managing, controlling and reducing risk  
    • comprehensively managing injury and rehabilitation  
    • promoting health, safety, well-being and continual improvement

We are proud to share our internal health and safety campaign - a call to action that empowers our employees to take time to do their work safely and stop any unsafe acts or work

Aurecon's Health & Safety Safety Essentials programme

Aurecon employees work in a range of environments and can be exposed to high risk activities. It is pivotal to prepare our people for the work they undertake and establish the critical controls for that particular environment or task. The high risk activities that Aurecon employees are exposed to are captured in Aurecon’s Safety Essentials programme.

The Safety Essentials programme is designed to clearly specify the critical controls and what employees need to put in place prior to commencing work. In developing the fundamentals which underpin our Safety Essentials, we consulted across all levels of our business. This allowed Aurecon to tailor a set that is relevant to the work we undertake and understood across the organisation as our key risks.

What do Safety Essentials represent?

  • Safety Essentials are formulated to address significant risk of injury or fatality
  • They are a minimum standard of safety
  • They are a symbol of our commitment to safety
  • They are non-negotiable
  • As part of our Health & Safety Management System, they offer a clear message on how to manage these health and safety risks

Strict compliance with our Safety Essentials is pivotal to managing the work our people undertake and preventing incidents, in our own and in contractor environments. Achieving this requires personal ownership of health and safety, education, and the courage to step in as soon as you see something being done incorrectly or where a situation has the potential for harm. This is strongly underpinned by the campaign ‘Because people depend on you’ which empowers all employees to work safely.

Aurecon's Safety Essentials poster

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Recent Achievements

Each Aurecon region has a health and safety representative that works with management to achieve our ultimate goals of incident and injury free work environments. 

Injury frequency rates across the geographies Aurecon works in

Injury frequency rates at Aurecon

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Proactively managing health risks

Working in diverse geographies, our employees sometimes face exposure to high-risk diseases, natural disasters and political instability.  We carefully manage the health, safety and security of our employees working in these locations through the following initiatives:

  • Our Project Risk Assessment Process (PRAP) involves assessing any health, safety and country-related security risks during the pursuit stage of project opportunities.  Any such risks are monitored throughout the delivery of the project and planned mitigation actions updated as appropriate.
  • Travel reservations are made via Aurecon’s in-house travel management company, in order to activate relevant travel insurance. This also ensures emergency evacuation processes are activated, in the event of a medical emergency.
  • Employees are informed of health, safety and security issues via email/sms alerts provided by the International SOS alert centre, open for assistance 24 hours a day.
  • Employees travelling to high risk areas are required to contact the country managers ahead of the trip for up-to-date guidance around preventative measures, together with medical consultations to manage health risks appropriately.
  • A Travel Advisory Guideline document is given to everyone travelling to African destinations excluding South Africa. This contains relevant information on the management of Ebola, Malaria, Tuberculosis (TB) and Cholera situations, among others.

Safe design

Aurecon as a designer is committed to the health and safety of all people involved in various parts of the project lifecycle. Our Safe Design process helps to minimise risk to people and reduce the cost of projects, through the application of a systematic risk process to identify and eliminate hazards within our control, and where elimination is not possible, to reduce the risk as low as practicable. 

Key parts of our approach are the concept of safe design consultation with project stakeholders and minimum requirements globally that require all projects to create a safe design register and communicate hazards that have not been eliminated to the client at completion of our services. 

As part of our continuous improvement process, Aurecon has reviewed the Safe Design Methodology, training framework and tools. Our new materials cover all the enhancements and align with current legislative requirements. 

Stay safe . . . Why? Because people depend on you - Images from our internal campaign

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