A commitment to Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) is the
hallmark of GHD’s approach to business. It means embedding HSE into
every aspect of our operations, and protecting the safety of our
people, our clients and the communities and the environments in
which we operate.
We aim to maintain above industry practice in all aspects of
Health, Safety and Environment, and observe all relevant statutes
and other HSE requirements.
GHD continues to see significant improvements in HSE
performance, as we develop our HSE culture from one of compliance
management to fostering a strong ownership of HSE across our
GHD’s internationally certified (AS4801 / OHSAS 18001 and ISO
14001) approach to HSE promotes industry leading practice in the
management of HSE related risk related to GHD, both to our business
and our projects.
The GHD HSE Management System includes an electronic compliance
database and a HSE Index using leading indicators to drive
organisational culture change and greater levels of management
engagement. Our people are trained in the system using face
to face methods and also via our e-learning
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Safety and Environment (HSE) Policy
Our health and safety management system was
recognised by Safe Work Australia at the 2010 Safe Work Australia
Awards where GHD was awarded "Best Workplace Health and Safety
Management System - Private Sector". The award acknowledges
demonstrated commitment to continual improvement, achieved through
implementation of innovative solutions enabling an accessible
integrated systems approach.
Our demonstrated commitment to HSE has enabled
us to achieve the following:
- Integrate our Health and Safety Management System with our
Environmental Management System
- Improved understanding of "safety in design" to benefit
- 68% reduction in LTIFR (since 2007)
- 69% reduction in MTIs (since 2007)
- 69% reduction in TFR (since 2007)
- periods of 2.8 million, 3.5, 3.98 and 4.3 million hours LTI
GHD continues to make significant improvements
in its approach to health and safety. The listed results are a
combination of implementation of targeted strategies to better
manage risk and an instilled safety culture.
Achieving our goals enables us to produce better outcomes for
our clients and ensures the safety of our people.
Incident Frequency Rates (based on 1 million hours
MTIFR - Medical Treatment Injury
LTIFR - Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate
TFR - Total Frequency Rate
Managing our environmental impacts
Key areas impacting our environmental
management include our leased buildings, transport between offices
and projects and on-site activities delivered on behalf of our
clients. In this context, our environmental impacts are highlighted
as water, electricity, paper and fuel consumption and our approach
to waste management.
GHD continues to measure its greenhouse gas
emissions annually. Those activities with greatest contribution to
GHD's carbon footprint are: Office electricity (26%), Base
Building Energy (35%) and Air Travel (16%) – based on 2009/10
Examples of our demonstrated commitment to
environmental improvement include:
- Environmental impacts from site activities are identified,
assessed and control measures implemented to minimise our impact on
- Office Energy Plans developed for each of our Operating Centres
to identify key performance improvement measures. In recognition of
our energy efficiency achievements our Victorian Operating Centre
was named as finalists in the 2011 Victorian City Switch
- GHD has committed to pursuing new leases with buildings rated
as 4* Green Star performance and above as part of our property
- Improved air travel review and approval systems ensure all air
travel is scrutinized for necessity prior to travel and use of
teleconference and video calling is growing in acceptance. Further
studies regarding multi-point videoconferencing for GHD offices is
GHD’s greenhouse gas emissions for 2009/10 were calculated at
6.8 tonnes of CO2 / FTE / - per annum. We continue to identify
strategies that enable greater efficiencies both in our overall
reduction of emissions and also calculation methodologies.
This is illustrated by our Operating Centres in Victoria, Newcastle
and Sydney having invested in accredited GreenPower. Victoria now
secures 50% of its electricity from renewable energy sources and
25% for Newcastle and Sydney. This provides the opportunity to
reduce the greenhouse intensity of our energy consumption and
improve visibility of consumption through automated online
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