We continually seek to improve our operations and believe the provision of a safe environment for employees, contractors and customers alike is an integral part of our business strategy.
At ResourceCo we believe all workplace injuries are preventable. The ResourceCo Occupational Health and Safely Policy and our pro-active approach to hazard management has resulted in a steady decline of reportable incidents and significant reduction in workplace accidents, with the number of Lost Time Injuries decreasing by 90% since 2004. This success has been driven from all levels of our business, as we strive to minimise health and safety risks within our operating environment.
Our business activities often include potentially hazardous tasks, including; the operation of plant machinery, conveyers, working at heights, moving vehicles and exposure to loud noise. As a team, ResourceCo approaches issues created by these conditions with a view to continuous improvement.
In 2008 we put in place a number of strategies to address dust suppression and plant guarding. Through the use of water spray systems, foggers and dust extraction systems we have greatly reduced the amount of dust generated by both our concrete crushing plant and our Alternative Fuels venture and our fixed plant guarding complies with the Australian Standard.
The people of ResourceCo are the secret of our success. Therefore we strive to ensure that each and every ResourceCo employee returns home injury free. To attain this goal ResourceCo conforms to all relevant legislation and requirements while ensuring the appropriate policies, procedures and facilities are in place across all our facilities. Through continuous review of our safety policies and our commitment to the communication and consultation approach with all employees we aim to facilitate a safety culture in all our operations.
Safety is a key element of our OHS & E accreditations. In 2011, we re-launched our safety campaign to our staff under our safety mantra of ‘Project Prevention – Think, Act, Be Safe’.
This message will be communicated to our customers, visitors and contractors visiting our site, to ensure that all works are undertaken in the safest possible manner at all ResourceCo locations.
Our customers are made aware of the materials and substances that ResourceCo does not accept through notification during the initial setting up of their account, via prominent signage at both site entrance and weighbridge and on the dockets issued for the receipt of every load. ResourceCo does not accept liquid, hazardous, radioactive or listed wastes including asbestos.
ResourceCo's EPA license states that we are unable to accept asbestos.
The ResourceCo Asbestos Management Plan ensures that any material delivered to ResourceCo containing asbestos is identified and handled in a safe manner to prevent inclusion into the manufactured final products.
All loads delivered to the processing stockpile are inspected by the traffic warden. High-risk loads are unloaded away from the main stockpile and spread out to allow thorough inspection. If any listed material is identified the traffic warden alerts the weighbridge clerk with the offending vehicle’s registration number and company name The Asbestos Control Safe Operating Procedure is implemented and the load is removed from the site
There are a number of methods used during the processing stages to identify materials containing asbestos. Both excavator operators and crusher operators inspect incoming loads as they are prepared for processing. As part of the process associated with the crushing plant, there are picking stations where staff visually scan and remove unwanted waste material on the transfer belt . ResourceCo provides a list of sites, including Southern Waste ResourceCo, that accept asbestos to all customers that are rejected due to a contaminated load.