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Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is one of the world's leading mining companies. It was created by the merger in 1995 of The RTZ Corporation PLC and CRA Limited. Its worldwide operations supply an unrivalled range of minerals and metals providing a firm foundation for long term profitable growth. Group companies in 40 countries around the world employ some 34,800 people.

Rio Tinto concentrates on the development of world class, long life mines and takes a long term and responsible approach to all aspects of its business, providing the necessary raw materials for international economic progress and prosperity into the 21st century.

Duty of Care

Issue

The Dampier Salt Human Resource Superintendent requested Ringshaw Consulting to develop a training course that would address Dampier Salt's need to educate their entire workforce in relation to the duty of care requirements outlined in the Western Australian Occupational Safety and Health Legislation (The Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 and associated legislation).

This course was to compliment Dampier Salt's Induction process for all existing and new employees.

Solution

Neil Ringshaw consulted with the appropriate stakeholders and as a result of discussions with Dampier Operations Safety and Training Manager, Ringshaw Consulting sent a proposed course outline to suit Dampier Salt's needs.

In addition to participant workbooks with review questions, the classroom sessions included actual case studies for review and discussion, and reviewed precedents in the area of foreseeability, reasonableness, etc.

The course "The Legislation and You" was accepted and training of all Dampier Salt personnel began immediately, a series of workshops were conducted at the Dampier Operations and then at the Lake McLeod Operations out of Carnarvon.

The Perth office personnel were included in the process; and each year (or more often, as required) Ringshaw Consulting would go to the appropriate sites to conduct ongoing training for all new employees the most recent being held at Lake McLeod.

The course content was updated on a regular basis to ensure currency.