A healthy and safe workplace

Ensuring a healthy and safe workplace is our priority and everyone’s responsibility.

A healthy and safe workplace

  • What this means for you

    To manage risks to physical safety, you must adhere to all global and local BHP health and safety standards, procedures and plans, including the Our Requirements for Health and Our Requirements for Safety standards. To manage risks to psychological safety and well being, you must not engage in disrespectful behaviours contrary to this Code - these behaviours can cause harm. It is everyone’s responsibility to prevent and report workplace-related injuries, illnesses, hazards, near misses and actual events in line with these safety requirements and procedures. If preferred, safety issues and concerns can be reported anonymously via EthicsPoint.

    If you are a leader, you must implement these requirements and ensure supporting systems and processes are in place. You must also provide an environment where everyone is encouraged and feels safe to report any threats to their own health, safety or security, or to that of others.

    Being fit for work means being able to perform your role safely. You are required to be alcohol and drug free at work and comply with applicable alcohol limitations at accommodation villages and during other work-related activities or travel. We may ask you to undergo random drug and alcohol testing and you must comply with these requests.

    If you are concerned about a colleague, please talk to a leader or contact the Employee Assistance Program.

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• Immediately stop any work that appears unsafe or if the required personal protective equipment is not used.

• Comply with relevant health, security and safety requirements, use all personal protective equipment provided and help others who work with you to do the same.

• Report all accidents, injuries, illnesses, unsafe or unhealthy conditions, incidents, spills or release of materials into the environment to your line leader or 2Up leader.

• Identify, assess and take steps to control health and safety hazards according to your site Health, Safety and Environment plans and procedures.

• Speak up to your line leader, or your 2Up leader if you have concerns about your fitness for work or a colleague’s fitness for work or ability to carry out assigned work safely.

• Comply with alcohol consumption limits at villages, when travelling for work, representing BHP or participating in a BHP organised event such as a celebratory dinner.

• Be prepared for emergencies by ensuring you and any visitors are familiar with emergency procedures.

• Act on all complaints or warnings raised with you.

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• Undertake work unless you are trained, competent, medically fit, free of alcohol and drugs and sufficiently rested and alert to do so.

• Undertake any work that appears unsafe, including if the required personal protective equipment is not available.

• Consume any drugs, be intoxicated or consume more than the local alcohol limit at a BHP accommodation village, while participating in a BHP organised event or representing BHP.

• Take prescribed or non-prescribed drugs without understanding and declaring the impact on your ability to safely do your job.

• Have illegal drugs or property in your possession on BHP sites.

• Bring firearms onto BHP premises without an approved firearms management plan in line with the Our Requirements for Security, Crisis and Emergency Management standard and Business Continuity Plans.

Hypothetical scenarios

  • Q: 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 a specific tool be used when carrying out the task however the tool is not available and my line leader has told me to get the job done. What should I do?

    A: Safety procedures must never be compromised.Don’t start the task until a safe system of work is established and you can access the right tools and equipment. If you’re unable to resolve the matter with your line leader, contact your 2Up leader or a member of the Health, Safety and Environment function.
  • Q: I’ve recently been diagnosed with a medical condition and my doctor has prescribed medication to help me with it. Do I need to declare the medication?

    We want you to go home safe and well every day and it is important you never undertake work unless you are medically fit to do so, due to your medical condition or medication use. Speak to your line leader if you have any concerns about your or a colleague’s fitness for work or ability to carry out assigned work safely. Specific requirements for declaring medications are outlined in local procedures.

    If you have any questions regarding local requirements or procedures speak to your line leader or HSE business partner.

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How to speak up

If you have questions about Our Code, speak to your line leader, 2Up leader, Ethics and Investigations, Compliance, Legal, Employee Relations advisor, HR Business Partner or contact EthicsPoint. Anyone who works with us, on our behalf, or is associated with us, can also access EthicsPoint.

Online: EthicsPoint online

Phone: EthicsPoint Telephone