The nature of our business means that many of our people work in areas that involve fatal risks. The SafeCoal program was introduced in 2009 across all our operations to improve our safety performance and our focus on preventing fatalities. SafeCoal comprises four elements to which all our operations must adhere:
1. Reduction of TRIFR: The goal is to reduce TRIFR by 50% over a two-year period, compared to 2009 performance, with zero fatalities.
2. A focus on fatal hazards: There are 12 Fatal Hazard Protocols in place, which establish minimum requirements for managing those types of hazards. All employees are trained on these protocols. Each site analyses its own processes, identifies its relevant hazards and develops its own methods for meeting the requirements of these protocols.
3. Streamlining sustainable development systems: All sites are reviewing and streamlining their sustainable development management systems, with the goal of reducing the time spent on governance activities and allowing key personnel more time to make direct observations and safety interventions in the field.
4. Consistent communication: Developing a SafeCoal 'brand' and collateral helps reinforce the safety message on a daily basis and provides workers with a common language for the ongoing effort of building and maintaining a team culture of safety.
Based on the Fatal Hazard Protocols, all employees and contractors must know what fatal hazards relate to their daily activities and their responsibility for preventing any safety incidents. During 2011 we conducted a full review of the protocols, identifying some minor updates to be introduced later in 2012. We also began a three-yearly cycle of third-party audits of the protocols. Details of the outcomes of these audits can be found under 'Sustainable Development Assurance Program' in our Xstrata Coal Australia Sustainability Report 2011 online.