Safety

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Our Safety Vision

Aussie Hydrovac Services strives for the highest standard of work health and safety and is committed to a workplace that is free from injuries. Employees and contractors have specific responsibilities for observing and maintaining a safe working environment, as detailed in our Work Health and Safety Policy. Feedback, discussions, hazard analysis, auditing and drills are used to continually improve procedures and practices, along with meeting our obligations for WHS Consultation in our workplace.

‘SAFE TODAY, ALIVE TOMORROW’

We believe that

No business objective will take priority over health and safety. All injuries and incidents are preventable. No task is so important or urgent that it cannot be done safely. Without diminishing management’s obligations, the responsibility and accountability for health and safety rests with every individual.

At Aussie Hydrovac Services, we are committed to conducting our business in a manner that prevents injury or illness to employees, contractors, customers and the public who may be affected by our work activities. We encourage best practice in health and safety management. To achieve this we will:

  • Maintain and continually improve our company Health, Safety & Environmental Management System (HSEMS).
  • Provide a balanced focus on the management of health and wellbeing, personnel and process safety.
  • Proactively pursue the identification of all hazards and eliminate or, if not possible, manage the risk to as low as reasonably practical.
  • Consult with and promote active participation of employees in the management of their own and others’ health, wellbeing and safety.
  • Require that companies providing sub-contract services to Aussie Hydrovac manage their health and safety in line with the WHS Policy. In addition all Subcontractors will be subject to our Subcontractor Evaluation Process prior to official engagement of services.
  • Provide resources to achieve a systematic approach to health, personnel safety and process safety management to ensure continual performance improvement.
  • Identify performance measures, set improvement targets, measure and report performance at all levels.
  • As a minimum comply with relevant legal and other requirements.
  • Develop a culture where all employees and contractors are constantly aware of safety hazards around them and act accordingly at and away from work.
  • Include health and safety performance in the appraisal of employees and contractors and recognise accordingly.
  • Oversee the health and safety performance of joint venture activities operated by others

Our company wide Health, Safety and Environmental Management System (HSEMS) provides a structured framework for effective environmental and safety practice across all of our Sites and Operations. The system, based on the ISO 9001 ISO 14001 and AS 4801 standards, has been designed to ensure consistent standards for all employees and contractors. It incorporates industry best practice and includes 17 management standards and more than 30 hazard standards.

Aussie Hydrovac Services investigates and reports all accidents, near misses and hazards. The primary indexes used to measure safety performance are the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) and the Medical Treatment Injury Frequency Rate (MTIFR), which is defined as the number of recordable cases, being either medical treatment or lost time injuries per the actual hours worked for Aussie Hydrovac Services employees and contractors.

To ensure the work meets the highest standards the company has adopted and implemented our parent companies WHS&Q triple ISO approved safety systems and procedures, this process was introduced to cover the complete business and to link the critical elements of quality, Environment, Safety and Training. This system is our commitment to ensuring the client’s needs are met by the delivery of quality service ensuring adherence to strict environmental and safety standards. This has advanced our operational outcomes considerably and our safety record and other related statistics are evidence of our commitment to continued improvement.

Listed below are the key competencies and qualifications that our operators gain through our training program:

  • Certificate III in Trenchless Technology
  • Heavy Rigid, Heavy Combination or Multi Combination Truck Licence
  • Fatigue Management
  • Various WHS Induction Courses
  • Manual Handling
  • Confined space entry
  • CPR
  • First aid
  • Traffic Management
  • Working at Heights
  • Optus & Telstra accredited locators