EMS believes in an integrated approach to our management of Health, Safety & Environmental issues.

Our HSE Management System has been designed to protect the safety, health and welfare of our personnel and others who may be affected by operations. This management system involves a risk-based approach that enables us to meet our commitments to employees, clients and regulatory authorities.


At EMS, we abide by a strict set of guidelines we call our "Golden Rules". All employees must abide by these rules to work at EMS.

The Basics

Do not carry out any task that you are not competent, authorized and trained to do so.  Do not carry out a task that you have not assessed for risk and put appropriate measures in place to eradicate.  Always wear your PPE and make sure you have all your permits before you commence works.



  • Be competent and authorized to perform the task
  • Be fit and unaffected by drugs and alcohol
  • Have carried out all applicable risk assessments
  • Have all appropriate tooling and have carried out inspections to ensure they are fit for purpose
  • Be wearing the correct PPE for the task
  • Understand whether a permit is required before commencing the task – if in doubt STOP work and check with your supervisor
  • Understand what to do in the case of an emergency
  • Report any and all accidents, incidents or near misses to your supervisor
  • STOP and reassess the task if it changes

Fitness for Work

Employees are required to present fit for work.  This includes mental and physical fitness.  Employees are to be free from any effects of drugs or alcohol.  Both the employee and employer are responsible for fitness for work.



  • Ensure your own health and safety at work
  • Present to work free from drugs and alcohol
  • Manage your fatigue and report to your supervisor if you are negatively affected
  • Avoid negatively affecting the health and safety of others
  • Speak to a team member or use the Employee Assistance Program if your mental or physical wellbeing is being adversely affected
  • Notify your supervisor of any medications that you are taking

Mobile Equipment and Light Vehicles

Always follow the road rules, wear your seat belt, keep within speed limits and do not use mobile phones while driving.  Always be aware of your surroundings.  Pedestrians must always stand clear of mobile equipment.



  • A prestart inspection and checklist must be completed for operational safety prior to being used
  • All site traffic rules and speed limits are to be adhered to
  • All occupants are to wear a seat belt at all times of operation
  • When working around heavy equipment always park light vehicle in view of the operator


  • Always give way to mobile equipment
  • Always stand clear of mobile equipment
  • Always alert equipment operators of their presence and do not approach the equipment without the operators acknowledgment and approval


  • Overload a vehicle or equipment
  • Use a hand held mobile phone while driving


Stored energy and machine isolation

Always follow your sites isolation procedure.  Make sure all energy sources have been isolated and energy released.  Never assume!



  • Identify all energy sources including electrical, mechanical, potential, etc.
  • Ensure that all energy sources have been isolated at the source and lock out procedure has been implemented
  • Test for dead
  • Ensure that all stored energy has been safely released

Working at heights

Always use fall protection when working at heights.

Risk assessment

Risk assessments are mandatory for all tasks.  If the task changes, stop work and reassess the job.


  • Before the commencement of all tasks


  • Take Five – before all tasks a Take 5 must be completed
  • Job Hazard Analysis – when a high risk task is being completed


  • Task or job conditions change e.g. weather, new person on the job, location, scope of works
  • Controls in place are not effective
  • Absence from job during which conditions could have changed
  • At the beginning of each new shift

Expectation of employees

  • Represent the business and yourself in a professional manner – on the job, off the job and on all social media platforms
  • Follow site rules and direction
  • Be positive at all pre starts, safety meetings and during all customer interactions
  • Respect fellow employees, maintenance staff and customers
  • Ensure your PPE and personal presentation are a positive reflection on the business
  • Be proactive towards your work – if you see something, say something

Surface and Underground Mining

Do not enter restricted areas without permission to do so.  When underground do not enter areas of unsupported ground.  Do not enter pathways of winches that are not isolated.



  • Not enter a restricted area without permission
  • Maintain loading faces at a safe working height and angle
  • Not enter drawing points below stockpiles without following the sites entry procedure
  • Never enter excavations or trenches unless the sidewalls are properly supported


  • Never enter an area of unsupported ground
  • Always inspect, test and sound your work
  • Never enter an area where the ventilation conditions are sub-standard, if in doubt STOP and speak to your supervisor

Never cross over, under or onto a conveyor or enter a take-up area except at designated cross over/under locations