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Annual Report 2004/05

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BlueScope Steel facilities in Indonesia. For every employee
at every site, safety comes first.

Health & Safety

Our People

BlueScope Steel has a goal of Zero Harm. This goal is based on our fundamental belief that all injuries can be prevented, and it drives continuous improvement in health and safety performance at every level of the Company.

BlueScope Steel employees and contractors continue to work safer. Less people are being injured than ever before, and our Company is being cited as best practice in industrial safety. However, this does not diminish our drive for yet more improvements.

In 2004/05, we improved our record low injury performance, recording a Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) of less than one lost time injury per million hours worked. This compares exceptionally well to an international industry average of just under 10. In the majority of Company facilities, the Medical Treatment Injury Frequency Rate (MTIFR) also continues to decrease to record-best levels. The graphs on this page show the impact of incorporating the Butler performance data from July 2003. This business has now embraced our safety journey.

Tragically, we experienced a fatality at our New Zealand Steel operations just after the close of the 2004/05 financial year. In the past eight years, BlueScope Steel has had five fatalities. This equates to a fatality every 55 million hours worked, which is a marked improvement on historical performance and less than half the rate of the international iron and steel industry. But the only acceptable number is zero, and we are doing everything possible to achieve this.


In 2004/05, 78% of our people were involved in conducting monthly safety audits, and the majority of teams have every person involved in audits on a monthly basis. Our newly acquired North American businesses have also made good progress. Prior to acquisition, audit participation rates were very low in these businesses, but in one year, they have achieved safety auditing involvement levels of over 60%. Another proactive strategy sees our people involved in more 'near miss' reporting than ever before. In the past year, over 23,390 near misses were reported.


BlueScope Steel facilities in (from left) Sunshine, Victoria,
and New Zealand.

BlueScope Steel has a comprehensive Occupational Health and Safety Management System in place, which is mandatory in all our operations. The Management System focuses on three basic aspects: safe and healthy people, safe systems, and a safe and tidy plant. Under the System, 23 Safety Management Standards have been established. Each business is required to demonstrate compliance with these Standards. We are pleased to report that during the year, the self-assessment process showed a continuous improvement in meeting these Standards.

COMMUNITY, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT REPORT This Report will be available December 2005. Shareholders wishing to register and receive a copy of the Report can do so by visiting our website or by contacting BlueScope Steel Direct in Australia on 1800 800 789.