Health and safety come first

Health and safety are our utmost priorities - this is non-negotiable and there are no exceptions.

The safety and wellbeing of our staff, contractors and visitors is paramount. To ensure that we meet our high health and safety standards, we have a comprehensive and exhaustive health and safety policy endorsed by our Board of Directors.

Each operating division has its own committee, which monitors incidents, provides direction and works in conjunction with OH&S professionals. Every health and safety incident, no matter how large or small, is recorded within our comprehensive safety system. This allows us to analyse the possible causes of incidents and implement mitigation strategies to ensure that they are not repeated.

Health and safety is everybody's business at Sims Metal Management - it is a shared responsibility. Initiatives undertaken include peer-to-peer observational behaviour audits, continuous risk assessments, initial staff induction and ongoing Health and Safety training. We have also recently engaged DuPont Safety Resources to conduct an extensive review of our OH&S practices.

Our Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate – which is the number of lost time injuries recorded multiplied by one million and divided by the number of hours worked - for the Group dropped from 3.2 in fiscal 2010 to 2.7 in fiscal 2011. In addition, the number of Medically Treated Injury Frequency Rate (similarly defined) dropped from 14.2 in fiscal 2010 to 12.4 in fiscal 2011, making fiscal 2011 our safest year ever.