Zero harm is always our target. Zero harm to all people as we responsibly operate our assets to their full potential. This focus on safety guides everything we do.
At St Barbara, we take a holistic approach to safety.
We believe in everyone’s right to physical and psychological safety. Everyone deserves to be safe at work and feel safe about coming to work because they are respected and accepted. That’s why we’re committed to providing an inclusive and respectful workplace, free from harassment, violence and discrimination.
Everyone at St Barbara has a responsibility as individuals, or within their work group, to apply the appropriate behaviours and work practices that contribute to maintaining a healthy, safe workplace.
At its heart, safety is about care. Having a culture of care has always been important to us at St Barbara, which is why our CARE safety behaviours are central to our safety culture; because acting with CARE is how we always put safety first. CARE stands for: Control; Action; Respect; Engage.
- We Control our environment by identifying hazards, conducting risk assessments and reducing our exposure.
- We take Action by planning our work, managing change and reporting.
- We Respect our processes that are there to keep us safe including permit to work, inspections and incident investigations.
- We Engage through visual leadership, safety discussions and forums.
To achieve and maintain this vision requires strong visual leadership, and the involvement of all employees and contractors with a genuine and proactive approach to caring for each other and the environment we work in.
St Barbara is the only gold mining company conducting regular gender safety audits. These audits have been regularly conducted at our Simberi Operations in Papua New Guinea since 2016, and at our Leonora Operations in Western Australia since 2018. They are a valuable tool in creating a safe and inclusive workplace for our people and to recognise and respond to the needs of women.
You can read more in our 2020 Sustainability Story and Report.