WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2018

Safety initiatives

Each of our businesses has undertaken safety initiatives this year that target their particular safety risks. Some of those initiatives include: 

  • Bunnings launched a new cut-resistant glove for all team members to use as part of the ‘Protect Your Hands’ focus. Retractable barriers were deployed to reduce injury risk associated with falling stock at height. Forklift safety continued to be high on the agenda, with virtual reality experiences showcased to the team at the Bunnings Expos to help the team identify and manage forklift safety risks in all locations.
  • Coles focused on safety leadership and culture with more than 77,000 team members participating in role-specific safety training. Due diligence training was also provided for senior leaders emphasising the importance of proactive safety management and the role of senior leaders in influencing safety improvements. Safety training was also reviewed to enable it to be more accessible and interactive.
  • Kmart introduced a new governance model to help target opportunities for improvement and increase supervision and monitoring through zone manager safety health checks.  Accountability has been increased through a combination of leading and lagging performance metrics and auditing. 
  • Target's key safety projects delivered for the year included the provision of due diligence training for senior leaders, the Target Asia Sourcing safety program and the maturation of Supply Chain Safety Management Processes. The focus for this coming year is to implement Safety Leadership Training for operational managers and improvements to the hazard reduction program to further improve Target’s safety performance.
  • Officeworks implemented its Safety Starts with You training program, incorporating the Safety FIRST behaviours. These identify how every team member can promote safety whilst highlighting unacceptable behaviour. The Stay Safe system, which is the Officeworks health and safety management system, was reviewed and updated to both simplify and better align the system to business requirements. This included the incident investigation process incorporating the Safety FIRST behaviours.
  • WIS implemented a 10,000-step physical activity challenge and delivered a health and wellbeing survey to inform program developments. In the operational excellence program, difficult to manoeuvre magnetic hoops which are used in embroidery processes were swapped in Blackwoods to reduce hazardous manual tasking on heavy garments. The initial scoping of distribution centre upgrades was completed utilising an ergonomic expert to inform design of tasks and physical environments.
  • WesCEF's Safe Person Commitments program launched last year remains a primary tool to reinforce behavioural expectations for all employees when completing high-risk tasks. High potential hazard reporting increased by 53 per cent in the year.