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.
The health and safety of employees covers both physical health as well as mental health. In 2015 Aurecon launched the Mind Matters programme in the Australia and New Zealand region to improve awareness of mental ill-health and in turn help to reduce mental health stigma.
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:
The health, safety and wellbeing of our people is paramount. We want to equip our people with the skills and knowledge to undertake their work safely. Aurecon is a diverse business operating in many different environments across the globe, from offices to construction sites, from cities to farmland to operational facilities. Following an assessment of our biggest health and safety risks, we developed My Life Saving Rules to provide our people with the critical controls they must have in place to keep safe when undertaking high risk activities. This includes looking beyond the traditional construction risks, which is why we have included everyday issues like driving, working alone and mental health.
Co-creation was the key to us developing a programme that would resonate across the entire organisation. By working with our delivery and support teams, we were able to better understand the risks they are exposed to and the controls that would reduce those risks. The programme truly has been designed by our people for our people.
We make Health and Safety a way of being by remembering that you keep yourself safe not only for you, but Because people depend on you. Achieving this requires personal ownership, good foresight and work planning, and the courage to step in as soon as you see something, or where a situation has the potential for harm.
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 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.