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Rio Tinto

Workplace Profile

Rio Tinto Iron Ore operate a world-class integrated iron ore network of 15 iron ore mines, more than 1,700 kilometres of rail, four independent port terminals and related infrastructure in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Rio Tinto integrate their network via an Operations Centre in Perth, running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Their Pilbara operations make up a major part of their iron ore activities globally. 

Health and Wellbeing Achievements

Rio Tinto recognises that there are several aspects to the way people consider their health across physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual dimensions and the need for its employees to think about how work fits into each day, week and month. 

The wellbeing of the workforce extends beyond the priority of safety. It is also about being engaged and resilient and getting this right is vital to how Rio Tinto's Iron Ore business continues to suceed.

Recently Rio Tinto has developed an enhanced wellbeing strategy which focusses on building engagement and resilience amongst the workforce, where the stigma of mental illness is eliminated and where the right support is available after injury or illness. Some of the key wellbeing activities include: a voluntary, anonymous wellbeing survey of employees; a wellbeing education program focusing on building resilience, health, purpose and belonging; and the consideration of new community partnerships supporting wellbeing.

Rio Tinto has a comprehensive workplace health and wellbeing program in place in its Perth offices and on-site in the Pilbara and received recognition for providing the following: 

  • A dedicated Health and Lifestyle Coordinator at each site who is responsible for implementing a ‘Health Calendar’ which targets a specific health topic each month. The calendar includes initiatives such as education sessions, promotional materials and programs which are tailored to meet the individual needs of each site
  • Working Groups that meet regularly to discuss employee health and wellbeing for each site, including their Health and Safety Committees, Perth Wellness Committee, Alcohol and Other Drug Working Group, Health Specialist Working Group and Mental Health Working Group
  • Subsidised private health insurance and free confidential health checks
  • Facilities that enable staff to participate in physical activity before, during or after work including on-site gyms, recreation and sporting facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, swimming pools and squash courts
  • Group fitness classes, organised sport/games and workplace challenges
  • Incentives to encourage staff to participate in healthy behaviours. Incentives include: fitness watches and devices, heart rate monitors, massage vouchers, high quality backpacks, healthy food hampers, exercise bikes for site, drink bottles, sports store vouchers and foot locker vouchers
  • On-site smoking cessation programs to support and encourage workers to quit smoking 
  • Healthy catering contract which outlines what service providers must adhere to. Service providers must ensure that menus are designed and prepared in accordance with healthy lifestyle considerations. Meals are prepared using products with a low cholesterol, sugar, fat and sodium content. The promotion of unrefined foods, high in fibre and other nutritional content is a prime consideration
  • All catering on-site is labelled ‘Eat Most,’ ‘Eat Moderately’ or ‘Eat Less’ so residents can easily identify healthier food choices
  • Wellness seminars and education sessions on a range of health topics
  • Monthly newsletters to educate staff on a range of health topics
  • Subsidised entry in to physical activity events such as City to Surf and RSPCA Million Paws Walk
  • Alcohol and smoke free events such as the Family Christmas Party where they provide healthy food and drink options
  • The Perth Office have three communal sit-stand workstations that staff members can use to break up their sitting time whilst at work
  • At one site, workers are encouraged to utilise the walking and cycling track between site and the accommodation village. Pool bikes are available for staff members who wish to cycle
  • Evaluate their program to identify its success
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Industry Mining
Workplace size 200+
Location Western Australia
Current Achievement
Kristy Campbell Manager Health and Mental Wellbeing - August 2015

"Our vision is to have a workforce that is safe, mentally and physically healthy, resilient and engaged. "

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