health and safety
We are committed to providing healthy and safe working conditions.

We will only be successful when everyone goes home safe and well every day, and lives a life free from illness caused by workplace exposures.

Health and safety is everyone’s responsibility, and we all need to look out for one another's physical and mental wellbeing. As part of our commitment to mental wellbeing BHP provides access to Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) in all locations.

As part of our commitment to health and safety, all workplaces should be free from the use of alcohol and illegal drugs, and the misuse of other substances. Alcohol must not be offered or consumed at any BHP workplace without prior approval from the most senior person sponsoring the event.

The use of cigarettes, including e-cigarettes, must be confined to designated areas.  

Expectations and resources

  • Our expectations of you
    Health and safety practices are governed by Our Requirements for Heath, Our Requirements for Safety and Our Requirements for Health, Safety, Environment and Community Reporting, as well as local standards and procedures. To ensure a safe workplace you must adhere to all relevant requirements.

    Our leaders are accountable for implementing these requirements and ensuring that supporting systems are in place. Our leaders must provide an environment where everyone feels safe to report any threats to their own safety, or the safety of others.

    It is everyone’s responsibility to prevent and report workplace-related injuries and illnesses.

    As we expect you to be alcohol and drug free, you may be asked to undergo random drug and alcohol testing and you must comply with these requests. You are required to observe all smoking restrictions.

    We understand that some employees may suffer illnesses associated with drug or alcohol dependency. If you need support to address an alcohol or drug dependency or if you are concerned about a colleague, please contact the EAP.

    There are additional health and safety requirements you need to consider if you travel to a high or extreme risk destination. Refer to Business travel for more information.
  • Our expectations of others who work with us
    Anyone who visits a BHP site must comply with all relevant health and safety procedures. It is important they familiarise themselves with these procedures before they arrive on site. Information will be provided by their primary contact and is also available on our governance page.

    All visitors are expected to be alcohol and drug free, and might be asked to undergo random alcohol and drug testing. Visitors must also observe all smoking restrictions. For more information, speak to your primary contact at BHP.
  • Where to go for help
    • Your line leader or your 2Up leader
    • Health, Safety and Environment
    • Human Resources
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • EthicsPoint
  • Tools and resources




  • Comply with relevant health and safety requirements and use all personal protective equipment, and help others who work with us to do the same.
  • Cooperate with alcohol and drug testing programs.
  • Identify, assess and take steps to control health and safety hazards.
  • Immediately stop any work that appears unsafe or if the required personal protective equipment is not used.
  • Speak to your line leader, or your 2Up leader, if you have any concerns about your or a colleague’s fitness for work or ability to carry out assigned work safely.
  • Handle and dispose of all materials properly, safely and lawfully.
  • Be prepared for emergencies by making sure you, and any of your visitors, are familiar with emergency procedures.
  • Report any accidents, injuries, illnesses, unsafe or unhealthy conditions, incidents, spills or release of materials to the environment to your line leader or your 2Up leader.
  • Seek help if you or a colleague may have a drug or alcohol dependency. Act on all complaints or warnings raised with you.


  • Undertake work unless you are trained, competent, medically fit and sufficiently rested and alert to do so.
  • Attend the workplace if you have consumed any alcohol.
  • Undertake work or attend a work function if you are under the influence of drugs (legal, prescribed or illegal).
  • Take prescribed or non-prescribed drugs without understanding and declaring the impact on your ability to safely do your job.
  • Consume alcohol on BHP sites, unless an event has been pre-approved.
  • Smoke in undesignated areas on site.
  • Have illegal drugs on BHP sites or property in your possession.
  • Bring firearms onto BHP premises without an approved firearms management plan in line with Our Requirements for Security and Emergency Management.
  • Assume that someone else will report a safety risk or speak up.
  • Forget our commitment to health and safety when consuming alcohol at a Company function where alcohol has been approved.

Example questions and answers


Mental Health

Question: I’ve recently been diagnosed with depression and my doctor has prescribed medication to help me with this condition. Do I need to tell my line leader?
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    You must speak with your doctor to understand if your medication or your condition will affect your ability to safely perform your role. If your fitness for work may be impaired in any way then you must advise your line leader or your 2Up leader in accordance with your site alcohol, drugs and fitness for work procedures. BHP recognises that mental illness is a very real and relevant issue for us all, both in and outside of work. Your line leader or 2Up leader will work with you to make sure you are supported in the workplace. You also have access to the Employee Assistance Program. We want you to go home safe and well every day.


Question: I’ve been asked to complete a maintenance task before the end of the day that is critical to ensure our daily production targets are met. The task has a work instruction which requires that a specific tool be used when carrying out the task. The tool is not available on the job and my line leader has told me to get the job done no matter what. What should I do?
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    All of our safety procedures are necessary and must never be compromised. You should not start the task until a safe system of work is established and you have access to the right tools and equipment. If you’re unable to resolve the matter with your line leader, contact your 2Up leader or Health, Safety and Environment.

 Report a concern


In person: Speak to your line leader, 2Up leaders or Human Resources representative


Online: EthicsPoint Online

Phone: EthicsPoint Telephone


BHP Business Conduct,
GPO Box 86,
Victoria 3001, Australia