The key area of focus for safety at Iluka is the management of personal and process safety risks across operations.
The company aspires to achieve a culture where incidents are rare events, aiming for an overall minimisation in the severity and frequency of safety incidents, with an overarching focus on reducing injuries.
To assist Iluka in achieving these goals, the company’s safety strategy focuses on leadership, capability, positive messaging, and creating a culture that promotes continual improvement. This is supported by group standards and specific safety programmes which are overseen by the Sustainability group and implemented by safety representatives at Iluka's operational sites. The environment, health and safety management system standards stipulate mandatory requirements for adequate staff training, risk management, incident reporting and investigation, emergency and crisis preparedness, and process safety.
Iluka’s primary safety measures, in accordance with industry practice, include the lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) and total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR). These measures include both employees and contractors. Iluka also measures a series of proactive or leading measures, such as the number of safety visits, planned workplace inspections, and the identification of near hits and hazards.
Membership of external bodies are maintained to encourage continuous learning and development in the field.
Iluka reports on its safety performance each year in the sustainability section of its Annual Report.
Safe Production Leadership programme
Iluka established the Safe Production Leadership (SPL) programme in 2011 with the aim of improving the company’s safety culture and performance. Since its inception, 73 per cent of employees have completed Iluka’s leadership skills training. The performance improvements on the metrics of LTIFR and TRIFR since the implementation of SPL highlight the success of the programme.
The key SPL focus during 2014 was implementing the leadership skills packages to US operations’ workers and to Australia-based functional support groups. In 2014, an extension to SPL – Fatality Free Operation – was developed to enhance the identification of major risks where employees and contractors who interact with equipment on a day-to-day basis.