The safety of Australian Paper employees is undoubtedly the most important aspect of our business.
Our management approach to safety applies to all Australian Paper activities and operations, whether at our Maryvale Mill, our Australian Paper manufacturing and warehousing facilities or our sales, marketing and customer service centres.
We have formal agreements to ensure the best health and safety conditions for all employees, with the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) and the National Union of Workers (NUW).
Site policy and procedures across all of our operations cover the following areas:
- Provision of personal protective equipment
- Joint management/employee health and safety committees
- Participation of worker representatives in health and safety inspections, audits and accident investigations
- Training and education
- Complaints mechanisms
- Right to refuse unsafe work
- Periodic site inspections.
Bushfire Mitigation Plan
Australian Paper is no stranger to bushfire especially in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria where our Maryvale Mill is located.
Nearly every summer the region suffers at the hands of bushfire which directly and indirectly impacts our facilities and our staff.
Some of our employees are volunteers of the Country Fire Authority which is something we are very proud of. Unfortunately, their skills are often put to use.
Following the Black Saturday Bushfires in 2009, Maryvale Mill developed a High Voltage Line Bushfire Mitigation Plan as required by the Electricity Safety Act and the Electricity Safety (Bushfire Mitigation) Regulations.
This Plan is designed to minimise the risk of bushfires as a result of the Mills overhead power-lines. This plan meets requirements of Section 83BA(2)(b) of the Electricity Safety Act 1998.
Our staff are highly trained in the implementation of procdures if a bushfire situation should arise.
Find out more about our safety initiatives and performance in our 2013 Sustainability Report.