Safety essentials

Safety Essentials provide guidance on what must be in place and the checks that must be undertaken before commencing high risk activities. Our Safety Essentials are non-negotiable as nothing is more important to us than the safety of our people, contractors and community.

We relaunched our revised Safety Essentials to our internal stakeholders on 14 May 2018. Plans are underway to communicate how they will apply to contractors. In the meantime, contractors should continue to comply with their current contractual requirements.

Safety Essentials poster (May 2018)

Guides

The Leader's Guide outlines the mandatory system requirements that must be in place to support the management of high risk activities.

The Field Guide is a tool for field workers to check mandatory requirements are in place. The mandatory requirements for each Safety Essential can also be found listed below.

When undertaking a task, and the plan or condition changes, have you:

  • Understood your role within the process and know when to escalate decision making? (e.g. I understand my role and responsibilities before commencing)
  • Discussed the importance of identifying and managing change conditions and variations during the pre-start? (e.g. change in site conditions, agreed approach, weather, design, people, plant or equipment)
  • Escalated changes to the task design to your supervisor and received formal direction before proceeding? (e.g. don’t start a task that is different to the plan until re-assessed with input from your leader)
  • Identified potential changes, documented changes on the risk assessment and communicated controls to the work crew? (e.g. people impacted by the change have understood and assessed the change with subject matter experts)
  • Ensured the work crew are aware of the right to stop work if they feel the changes have not been adequately controlled? (e.g.if I am unsure, I won’t commence work until I have sought clarity)

When working in or near a confined space, have you: 

  • Considered the whether the confined space entry can be avoided? (e.g. use of cameras for inspection, clean externally)
  • Received training to enter, control or monitor a confined space? (e.g. work in confined space, atmospheric monitoring, OSH permits)
  • Obtained approval prior to entering a confined space? (e.g. confined space entry permit)
  • Established methods of communication between the person entering and the stand by person? (e.g. radio)
  • Tested the atmosphere and set up continuous monitoring? (e.g. oxygen concentration or airborne contaminants present)
  • Identified and isolated potential energy sources within the confined space? (e.g. lock out tag out)
  • Established an exclusion zone to prevent unauthorised entry? (e.g. barricading and signage)
  • Developed a rescue plan and checked emergency response requirements are in place? (e.g. emergency response plan, emergency response equipment).

When working on or near electricity or electrical equipment, have you:

  • Received training and authorisation to undertake this electrical work? (e.g. electrical workers license, high voltage operation, electrical compliance and safety, working near electricity network assets)
  • Identified other adjacent services and ensured that you have controls in place? (e.g danger zones, minimum working distances)
  • Sourced personal protective equipment suitable for the task and will it protect you from arc flash energy and/or electric shock? (e.g. arc flash rated work-wear, gloves, hood and cotton undergarments)
  • Checked that electrical systems have been isolated and tested for de-energisation? (e.g. labelling, approved test device/ multimeter, lock out tag out)
  • Obtained approval prior to conducting this electrical work (e.g. clearance to work, approval to access)
  • Checked that controls to protect you from electric shock are in place? (e.g. tested and tagged, RCD, bridging cables)

When working with or near plant, equipment or infrastructure which has the potential to release stored energy, have you:

  • Received training to Lock Out and Tag Out equipment? (e.g. lock out, tag out, OSH permits)
  • Identified potential energy sources? (e.g. electrical, mechanical,gravity, chemical, pneumatic, and hydraulic)
  • Isolated potential energy sources? (e.g. fluid system isolation plan, isolation request form and isolation handover form)
  • Attached the correct lock and tag onto the isolation point(s)?(e.g.personal danger lock and tag for each isolation point)
  • Checked that no one is in the line of fire? (e.g. protection during isolation and re-energisation, potential to be hit by moving object, equipment movement, dropped objects, sparks, hydraulic/pneumatic pressure)
  • Checked that the equipment has been isolated and tested? (e.g.a physical check in the field ensures the equipment has been isolated)

When working in or near an excavation, have you:

  • Received training to undertake excavation works? (e.g. excavation awareness, install trench support, excavator ticket, competency verification, use locating devices)
  • Obtained approval prior to entering the excavation? (e.g. clearance to work, excavation competent person, confined space entry criteria considered)
  • Identified overhead and underground services? (e.g. DBYD, site plans, ground penetrating radar, potholing, vacuum excavation)
  • Implemented controls suitable for the soil condition to prevent a collapse? (e.g. batters, benching, dewatering, trench boxes)
  • Established methods of access and egress? (e.g. ramp, ladder, stairs)
  • Installed exclusion zone to prevent uncontrolled entry? (e.g. barricading and signage)
  • Scheduled ongoing inspections to check the excavation stability? (e.g. excavation inspection)
  • Organised emergency response requirements and checked they are set up and tested? (e.g. emergency response plan and equipment).

When working where there is the potential to fall from one level to another, have you: 

  • Received training to undertake work where there is the potential to fall? (e.g. prevention of falls, FIPS, scaffolding license, EWP license)
  • Selected the appropriate prevention of fall control(s)? (e.g. elevated work platform, scaffolding, fall restraint, limited free-fall, fall arrest)
  • Installed exclusion zone(s) to prevent uncontrolled entry and control the risk of dropped objects? (e.g. barricading, signage, drop mats, tool lanyards) 
  • Inspected your equipment and does it display a current inspection tag? (e.g. scheduled inspections, visual check)
  • Organised emergency response requirements and checked that are they are set up and tested? (e.g. emergency response plan, emergency response equipment).

When working with or near hazardous substances and dangerous goods, have you: 

  • Received training to handle, store and work with hazardous materials? (e.g. asbestos awareness, chlorine awareness, chlorine operations, dangerous goods and hazardous substances)
  • Checked that hazardous materials are correctly stored, labelled and signposted? (e.g. bund, containers labelled)
  • Checked the asbestos register for the area you are working in? (e.g. lupin, QR code to asbestos report)
  • Obtained the current Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for the hazardous materials you are working with? (e.g. ChemAlert, site MSDS folder)
  • Organised emergency response requirements and checked that they are set up and tested? (e.g. emergency response plan, safety showers, eye wash, spill kits, calcium gluconate).
  • Checked location and operation of safety showers and eye wash prior to commencing?

When operating or working near lifting equipment, have you: 

  • Received training for your role in the lift? (e.g. high risk work license, competency verification)
  • Selected the correct lifting equipment, devices and accessories for the task and are they fit for purpose? (e.g. gantry crane, vehicle load crane, chains, slings, shackles)
  • Checked that a lift study is in place for critical lifts? (e.g. over or near critical operating plant , above 80% of cranes rated capacity, multi crane lifts)
  • Installed exclusion zone(s) to prevent uncontrolled entry to the lift zone? (e.g. barricading, signage, spotter)
  • Checked your lifting equipment, devices and accessories have been inspected? (e.g. riggers check for damage, tagging, equipment is correct for the task)
  • Checked the load is secured and communication methods are agreed? (e.g. radio contact with operator, agreed hand / horn signals)

When operating or working near mobile plant, have you:

  • Received training to operate the mobile plant? (e.g. high risk work license, competency verification)
  • Checked that guarding is in place to protect you from being caught in the equipment? (e.g. guards on equipment, pre start checks, inspections)
  • Separated mobile plant and people? (e.g. designated parking, warning signs, exclusion zones, walkways)
  • Agreed communication methods with the operator? (e.g. radio contact with operator, agreed hand / horn signals)
  • Checked your mobile plant has been inspected and maintained? (e.g. maintenance on mobile plant and pre-start check)

When operating or working near vehicles and trucks, have you:

  • Received training and are licensed to drive? (e.g. valid licence class, defensive driving, fatigue management)  
  • Completed a risk assessment to select the most appropriate vehicle for the task? (e.g. 4WD)
  • Developed a journey management plan prior to starting your journey? (e.g. driving on high risk routes, unfamiliar with route)
  • Secured goods being carried? (e.g. cargo barriers and load restraints).
  • Separated vehicles or trucks and people? (e.g. traffic management plan, designated parking, warning signs, exclusion zones, walkways)
  • Checked your vehicle or truck has been inspected and maintained? (e.g. maintenance on vehicles and pre-start inspection)