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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 driving continuous improvement in our health and safety management system. Across our global network of health and safety professionals, we are able to respond quickly to project demands and work closely with joint venture partners to make health and safety an intuitive part of our culture.

At Aurecon, we understand that fostering a robust and responsive health and safety culture is a critical part of our obligation 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 safety governance framework and management system.

Supplementing our formal systems are a variety of cultural and behavioural initiatives to keep our focus on lead indicators as opposed to the traditional lag indicators. Our safety leadership index is one such initiative that constitutes our “balanced scorecard” and consists of three constructs namely: safety leadership practices, safety climate and operational indicators.

Our leaders encourage and support an ethos of ‘safety as a value’ and empower our staff to ‘make the big calls' if they believe safety is being compromised or risks exist that may pose unacceptable risk to peoples’ lives or wellbeing.

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

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

Aurecon's Health & Safety Safety Essentials programme

At Aurecon, our aspirational goal is zero harm.

Within our industry, a wide variety of risks exist across our activities. Our Health and Safety framework is there to support us in this and supporting our management system is Aurecon’s Safety Essentials programme.

The Safety Essentials programme is designed to offer practical lessons to use in the efficient and effective management of Health and Safety risks specific to our day to day operations. In developing the fundamentals which underpin our Safety Essentials, we consulted across all levels of our business. Each Safety Essential addresses situations frequently encountered in our own workplaces and industries where we are typically engaged.

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 a robust safety culture
  • They are non-negotiable
  • As part of our Health and 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 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. By sharing these principles and meeting their stringent standards, we go a long way to preventing harm to ourselves and others in our workplaces.

For violations of our Safety Essentials, we apply the general principle that if we choose not to comply, we choose not to work for Aurecon. This is how seriously Aurecon views Safety Essentials.

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.

Safety in 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 cost of projects through the application of a systematic risk process to identify and eliminate risks within our control, and where elimination is not possible, to reduce the risk as low as possible. 

A key part of our approach is the concept of safe design consultation with project stakeholders as well as a minimum standard globally that requires all projects to create a safe design register and report to be communicated to the client at completion of our services. 

As part of our continuous improvement process, Aurecon has reviewed the Safe Design process, training framework and tools. New materials, due for release in late February 2017, cover all the enhancements and align with current legislative requirements. 

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