Health and Safety
Damage to underground utilities has significant potential to result in serious injury to workers undertaking activities associated with ground penetration, similarly this also presents significant risk of injury to other persons including members of the general public. By protecting underground assets, by means of advanced accuracy in service location techniques and non-destructive vacuum excavation, we effectively minimise these risks.
The protection of underground assets also ensures that the hundreds of thousands of kilometres of underground pipes and cables which carry essential services to households and businesses around the country, are kept safe and service interruptions, costly delays to projects and large damage bills are avoided.
Our dynamic health and safety management system is supported by specific field and operational procedures that are designed to protect the health and safety of our staff any other persons who may be associated or in proximity to our operations. Our standards are progressively improved to ensure we continue to comply with legislative requirements and satisfy each of our client’s individual health and safety requirements.
Our commitment to health and safety and the professional standards of our staff is further demonstrated by the significant investment we regularly apply in the training and development of our employees at all levels within our company. Our objective is to provide skilled personnel with the competence necessary to see that our services are routinely delivered to a safe and professional standard. This training investment strategy has proven to be successful through the positive feedback we regularly receive from our many clients.
VAC GROUP's Work Health and Safety Policy
The VAC Group recognises the importance of and is committed to, providing a safe and healthy working environment for all of its employees, the public, contractors, clients and visitors to our work sites. Our goal is to achieve so far as is reasonably practicable, a healthy, injury free workplace. The VAC Group regards compliance with the Work Health Safety Act 2011 and other relevant OHS legislation as fundamental to achieving this goal.
While management has a duty to provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment, health and safety in the workplace is a responsibility shared by all employees.
The VAC Group is committed to the prevention of injury and illness to its employees, however, on those occasions where an injury occurs, the Vac Group is equally committed to applying our rehabilitation program and providing all necessary support and care to achieve a safe, timely and durable return to work for our employees.
Vac Group management is responsible for:
- Providing and maintaining safe systems of work, which includes the provision of safe plant and equipment, and safe access / egress to / from the workplace;
- Identifying potential hazards that could cause incident or injury and develop methods to assess those hazards/risks;
- Providing hazard/risk controls to, where practicable, eliminate or otherwise minimise those hazards/risk;
- Providing employees, relevant contractors, clients and visitors with information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to enable them to perform their duties in a safe and healthy manner;
- Providing for the safe use, handling and storage of chemicals and other substances;
- Maintaining effective consultative arrangements with employees, health and safety committees and health and safety representatives;
- Ensuring a robust system is in place to report work related incidents, injuries, illnesses and suggestions to actively support the continuous improvement process;
- Providing resources and other organisational arrangements necessary to achieve the aim of this policy;
- Undertaking regular review of health and safety performance; and
- Establishing measurable objectives and targets to ensure continued improvement aimed at elimination of work-related injury and illness.
Vac Group employees are responsible for:
- taking reasonable care for their own health and safety;
- taking reasonable care that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons;
- comply, so far as the worker is reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction given by Vac Group to enable compliance with the Work Health Safety Act 2011 and other relevant OHS legislation;
- Actively participating in hazard identification and risk assessment process for their respective work areas and in the development of controls for these hazards/risks;
- not wilfully interfering with or misusing items or facilities provided in the interests of health, safety and welfare of employees; and
- Reporting issues, in accordance with Vac Group reporting requirements.