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:
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.
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.
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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.
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:
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.