The Australian Mining Industry is intent on eliminating sexual harassment in mining workplaces. As such, it has amended its safety and health policy to incorporate protecting workers from sexual harassment.

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Respect@Work: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry found that 40% of people working in the minerals industry had experienced some form of sexual harassment in the past five years. Women were more than twice as likely as men to have experienced sexual harassment.

In response, Tania Constable, CEO of the Mineral Council of Australia said, “Safety is the core value of the Australian minerals industry and a safe and fair workplace is essential. It is clear that the industry needs to lead a decisive response and take stronger action. Our workers are our greatest asset and must be valued, respected and protected.”

The Safe, Healthy and Respectful Workplaces policy has been established in response to ensure mining companies work to end illegal and predatory behaviour.

A Respect@Work Taskforce has been created to implement changes to the mining industry’s safety and health policy. The industry’s commitment to eliminate sexual harassment will be fulfilled through an industry code and toolkit outlining expectations and protocols for preventing and responding to instances of sexual harassment at work.

Sexual Harassment falls into the field of both HR and Safety, as it concerns employee relations and safety at work. All employees have a right to feel protected and safe at work, and that the correct measures will be followed if someone is inappropriate towards them.

The statistics applicable to the mining industry, unfortunately, may be mirrored in many others. No one deserves to feel unsafe or unheard if they are harassed at work. All business owners and managers have a duty of care to provide their staff with a safe workplace that deters sexual harassment and with safe channels for reporting such behaviour.

Appropriate safety and HR policies, procedures and disciplinary action is required to ensure your employees are safe. Get in contact to find out how we can help you protect your business or farm on (08) 9316 9896 or enquiries@processworx.com.au

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Written by Danielle McNamee

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