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Next Steps Towards Fatality Elimination

BHP Fatality Elimination Program

BHP, in partnership with Austmine, is pleased to launch the Next Steps Towards Fatality Elimination Program to the Australian METS sector. This program builds upon and aligns with our current collaborative work with the Supplier Innovation Program.

Find more information about the program by viewing the recording of our launch webinar here

Submissions are now closed. 

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Program Overview:

Going home safe at the end of each day remains BHP’s number one priority.

BHP are stepping up their efforts towards eliminating fatalities and have therefore commenced a global safety improvement initiative that will enable a step change to permanently remove fatalities across the business.

“Without question, we must become even safer. We have been reducing the rate at which people are being seriously injured or worse, but this isn’t good enough. We must focus on eliminating fatalities and high potential injuries.” – Mike Henry, CEO, BHP

Supplier Opportunity:

A central component to BHP’s safety improvement initiative is to assess industry best practice and to gather a broad range of insights, experience and innovation to achieve the goal of fatality elimination.

Therefore, BHP and Austmine are inviting organisations or individuals to put forward your emerging solutions and innovations that can enhance safety and reduce workforce risk at BHP’s global operations.

The program provides an opportunity to:

  • Increase visibility of your products, services and solutions within BHP’s product owner team.
  • Understand the current focus areas for BHP and engage in future conversations as they strive to eliminate fatalities and reduce risk at operations globally.
  • Utilise this engagement as a starting point to becoming a potential preferred supplier further down the track in the safety initiative process.

Option 1- Open Submission

BHP has established key areas for safety initiatives to be implemented across the next 18 months. These focus on BHP’s top ten risks:

  1. Vehicles and mobile equipment
    1. In pit
    2. Underground
    3. Off-site
  2. Dropped or falling objects
  3. Electrical (including arch flash or blast)
  4. Fire and explosion
  5. Energy release (excluding electrical)
  6. Fall from height?
  7. Geotechnical failure?
  8. Lifting?
  9. Entanglement or crushing?
  10. Loss of containment?

Option 2 – Challenge Submission

Within the top 10 risks, BHP has identified specific challenge areas that they would like solved. 

  1. Multiple risks or all categories
    Improved understanding of hazards within the work environment
    Improved understanding of control application
  2. Dropped objects, lifting and fall from height
    Exclusion zone identification and management
    Identification of changes within the task environment
    Reduce exposure of personnel to tasks at height
    Setting and Monitoring Load Limits
  3. Vehicles and mobile equipment
    Maintaining Separation Between Person and Vehicle
    Ensuring a Vehicle does not Roll Away
    Ensuring the Use of a Mitigating Control
    Working Near Edges 
    Avoid Distraction of the Driver During Shift Hours 
    Ensuring Operation of Equipment Within Safe Limits for Road Conditions 
    Improving Roads, Intersections, Signs and Information 
  4. Geotechnical, fire & explosion & loss of containment risks
    Exclusion Zones
    Identification of Geotechnical Hazards
    Compliance to Geotechnical Design
  5. Electrical, energy release, entanglement/crushing
    Use of incorrect blueprints or piping and instrumentation diagram
    Personnel alert to the presence of electrical energy
    Reducing energy transference from operating equipment

Submission Process:

Submissions are now closed.

The information gathered through this process will inform BHP’s research and options identification process at this early stage of the program. The challenge topic may or may not present an external market opportunity in the future.

Your EOI will be reviewed by the project team who will shortlist submissions. Successful suppliers will be invited to attend a Pitch Day with BHP’s teams on Wednesday 7th October. 

To ensure shared value on this extensive, global improvement initiative, BHP is committed to:

  • Provide ongoing updates to suppliers who submitted an EOI.
  • Drive awareness and engagement of their safety improvement initiative with the METS sector through future engagements, such as events and webinars.

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