Our BHP Billiton Charter value
of Sustainability articulates safety
as a fundamental element.
The safety of our people and the
communities in which we operate
always comes first. Our working
environments by their nature expose
our employees and contractors to
risk. This is why our objective is
to identify those risks and implement
controls. Our material safety risk
assessments include potential
community impacts and controls
to mitigate these broader impacts.
Our Requirements for Safety (PDF 106 kb) standard
defines a number of the most common
safety risks and their minimum controls.
Each operation assesses further controls
that may be required to manage the
specific risks at their operation to meet
the objective of no fatalities.
We believe having the right controls
in place to effectively manage our
risks that have safety impacts will lead
to improved safety outcomes.
We continue to provide opportunities
for interaction to improve our safety
performance. Routine engagement
with employees and contractors
includes health and safety committees;
pre-start meetings; in-field leaders
discussing job-specific safety risks;
and safety toolbox talks; all of which
visibly demonstrate our priority
of working safely.