At IPL, we understand that delivering first-class safety training is key to achieving Zero Harm.
Each year, a wide variety of safety training is undertaken across IPL, including: Induction training - as part of our induction process, which is compulsory for all new employees, employees are provided with site safety information and undertake a discussion, and sign off on our Health, Safety, Environment and Community Charter.
Our 'safety non-negotiables', as described in the 'Rules to Live By', are clearly communicated at the induction and reinforced by managers.
A 'Safety Leadership Training' course is included in our Global Leadership Development curriculum. It aims to improve safety leadership skills across the organisation to support the 'Passionate Leadership' component of our 4Ps approach to safety.
Employees can also undertake ZIP (Zero Incident Process) behavioural safety training program. In 2013, ZIP principles are being incorporated in to an IPL specific Safety Partners Program, which will be rolled out to the business across 2013/2014. Employees also undertake training in our Take5! and Safe Act Observation (SAO) safety processes.
Health and Wellbeing
Each business unit and, frequently, each site offers health and wellbeing programs appropriate for local needs and to suit local regulatory and cultural requirements.
Programs include: All Australian and US employees have access to an Employee Assistance Program. Available 24-hours a day, this counselling service is available to employees and their families. At a site level, campaigns are also conducted to address nutrition awareness, manual handling, prevention and management of eye injuries, hearing conservation, fatigue management, stress management and health and fitness.
Case study: Driver Alertness Program
Dyno Nobel Transportation Inc. (DNTI) Driver Alertness Program has demonstrated a range of safety, productivity and personal wellbeing benefits this year. A Fatigue Management Policy was launched last year in response to our concern for driver safety after an increase in the number of driver fatigue-related vehicle incidents.
Experts estimate one in five Americans have some form of sleep apnoea. Shift workers and those in the transportation industry have been identified as having a higher than normal rate of sleep apnoea. At any given time, DNTI has 160 drivers on the road and clocks up some 12 million miles per year.
An employee survey to determine the potential for fatigue (in particular sleep disorders) supported the Policy launch.
Results indicated that 50 per cent of respondents probably suffered from some form of sleep disorder, so training was promptly implemented for all drivers and their managers to address the widespread issue.
Management then worked with the Injury Prevention and Management Specialist to identify the most cost effective, least invasive testing and treatment program for sleep apnoea. We implemented a program called SleepWell, starting with 20 volunteers from the Carthage Terminal. The response from the volunteer group was overwhelmingly positive and other drivers requested they be part of future programs.
A full roll out of the Driver Alertness program was implemented in January 2012 for the remaining drivers and senior managers. Participation was voluntary and all costs were covered by the business. In total 191 drivers have been screened to date with 86 per cent showing some risk; of those at risk 75 per cent were positive for some level of sleep apnoea.
The cost of implementing the Driver Alertness Program to date has been less than half of the cost of one fatigue related incident without injury/fatality. The Driver Alertness Program was supported by two other initiatives, implemented to address risks associated with driving. The Smiths System® focuses on driver awareness and ZIP (Zero Incident Process) helps drivers make safe choices when on the road. Together, these initiatives resulted in the number of fatigue related incidents being reduced to zero.
Since the implementation of the Program, our drivers’ health indicators for blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol have improved and our drivers are now more engaged and taking ownership for their own health and safety. The business benefits are also positive with reduced number of driving accidents and decreased driver absenteeism and turnover.