Kalbar Conversations Column

Safety first at Kalbar

   Thursday 16th September, 2021

Kalbar Operations is committed to creating a strong health and safety culture. This culture is based on visible leadership, consultation and engagement, and every employee accepting accountability for their own personal safety and the safety of others.

Kalbar’s key objective is for everybody to return home safe and healthy every day.
In September 2020, Kalbar’s team was expanded with the appointment of an Occupational Health and Safety Systems Specialist. A key focus of this role has been to expand and develop Kalbar’s existing Health and Safety Management System and to provide health and safety advice and support to all areas of the business.

Some of the priorities for the past year have included the development and implementation of:

  • Hazard identification and risk management tools
  • Incident reporting and investigation tools
  • Fitness for work procedures
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives

To support the health and wellbeing of employees and their family members, Kalbar has introduced an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

This program is a free and confidential 24/7 service facilitated by an external provider and is accessed via telephone, face-to-face and video consultations. In addition to mental health counselling services, the EAP provides advice for a range of topics including nutrition, sleep, resilience, mindfulness, conflict resolution and addictive behaviours management.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Kalbar has developed a COVIDSafe plan which is regularly updated in line with government health advice and restrictions. Kalbar is committed to minimising the risk of infection to employees and the local community and has adapted and restricted work processes where required. One of those initiatives is that the Bailey Street office remains closed for the time being. Despite the physical office being closed, all staff are busy working from home and all calls to the office telephone number are being answered.

Kalbar is an active contributor to the Mineral Council of Australia’s state Safety and Health working group. Through collaboration and sharing with other Victorian operations, the industry works to eliminate fatalities, injuries and occupational illnesses, with a strong focus on building and sustaining respectful workplaces.

Kalbar’s commitment to health and safety will be further enhanced next year with the introduction of a cloud-based health, safety, environment and community software solution, an updated health and safety induction for new employees, the development of performance standards, and a focus on principal hazard protocols and critical control management.

Leigh Searle - Occupational Health and Safety Systems Specialist