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Industrial and Safety

With 210 outlets and 158 gas distribution points, we employ 3,582 people and generated revenues of $1.62 billion from customers across mining, manufacturing, construction, government, transport, energy or retail.

Material issues

As a supplier of industrial and safety products and services, our material issues are:

  • the sustainability and ethical standards of our local and international supply chain
  • the safety and diversity of our people
  • our environmental impact including greenhouse gas emissions and waste
  • delivering safe and sustainable products and services on time to customers

Supply chain sustainability and products

During the year, we broadened the scope of our supplier engagement process to include greater regulatory compliance.

Industrial and Safety continued to partner with more than a third of its top 300 Australian and New Zealand suppliers to improve ethical sourcing practices, promote high standards for workplace health and safety, and meet chain of responsibility requirements.

As part of a broader sustainability practice assessment, Industrial and Safety completed a packaging review with a third of its suppliers. Supplier sustainability is also acknowledged through our annual Supplier of the Year awards with leading performers in this category recognised. In addition, our global sourcing team continues to on-board new suppliers and audit existing suppliers according to its ethical sourcing standards and procedures.

Our people

Industrial and Safety maintained its focus on safety and this year achieved a 16 per cent reduction in total recordable injury frequency rate from 13.8 to 11.6. Implementation of our workplace health and safety strategic plan continued with two additional risk-based campaigns launched. BodyRIGHT, a manual tasking program incorporating daily stretching exercises and injury prevention workshops, as well as improvements to our goods stored at height program through the development of our Lifesaving Rules initiative, were highlights this year.

We continue to invest in our people. This year we launched the Customer Service Excellence program, designed to raise customer service standards while at the same time generating greater returns for the business.

Safety performance

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2014   11.6
2013   13.8*
2012   24.7
2011   27.8
2010   29.1
*This number has been restated to reflect change in definition for consistency with industry practice.

Environmental impact

We continued to invest in sustainable buildings with new locations featuring energy efficient LED high bay lighting installed at our distribution centre in Greystanes, New South Wales and two large warehouses at Mackay, Queensland and Regency Park, South Australia. A LED retrofit was also commissioned at our Coregas Yennora, New South Wales operation. All LED high bay projects are coupled with translucent roof sheeting and photocell controls to ensure daylight harvesting.

Coregas completed a migration of its vehicle fleet to hybrid vehicles. Across the business an additional 14 hybrid vehicles replaced less efficient vehicles, which brings the total number of hybrid vehicles to 270.

Blackwoods completed a project to install 5 kilowatt photovoltaic systems in five company houses located in Karratha, Western Australia. The solar energy system will generate an average of 22.9 kilowatts per unit per day, which will in turn reduce the power consumption of the company houses by one third based on current usage.

Note: Data from 2011 onwards includes Coregas.

Greenhouse gas emissions


Tonnes CO2e: '000
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2014   216
2013   238
2012   233
2011   243
2010   30

Energy use


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2014   1.4
2013   1.1
2012   1.1
2011   1.2
2010   0.2

Community support

We provided contributions of more than $190,000 (both indirect and direct) as well as a substantial contribution of labour, to nationally supported initiatives and local community organisations.

Donations to The Fred Hollows Foundation Indigenous Health program continued with our suppliers and customers purchasing the 'Foresight' range of products. Industrial and Safety once again sent a small team to the Northern Territory to see the work first hand via the See Australia Expedition. Total financial contributions now exceed $350,000 since partnering with the Foundation.

In addition, the range of Yaru Water products provides opportunities for this Indigenous business to engage more closely with large key accounts and those sharing our desire to increase diversity in their own sourcing programs.

Industrial and Safety again facilitated secondments of skilled people to participate in the Jawun program benefiting local remote communities, as well as their own personal development.

Industrial and Safety locations and individuals were exposed to AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) for the first time, resulting in opportunities to attend workshops or business networking events, and the AIME team presented at a number of regional locations resulting in a deeper understanding of their goals and opportunities for WIS team members to become involved as presenters to Indigenous Youth.

One of our New Zealand businesses (Blackwoods Protector) sponsored the 'TOOLS4WORK' training program which assists high school students in trade training and qualifications. We also continued our support for St John Ambulance, the Cancer Society and the Department of Conservation’s Hihi (Stitchbird) Recovery Program.

Community contributions


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2014   168,178
2013   210,000
2012   220,000
2011   380,000
2010   170,000
2014   18,136
2013   40,000
2012   0
2011   93,000
2010   40,000

Safe and sustainable products


As a provider of safety products to industry, it is vital to our business that our products adhere to rigorous safety standards. For example, Bullivants is a corporate member of five major Australian and International standards. This allows for the provision of compliant lifting and rigging products and services to assist Australian industry in the pursuit of best practice safety.

This year, Industrial and Safety updated and expanded its sustainable Greener Worksafe range offer to customers in the new Blackwoods 2014 Catalogue, growing the range to over 900 products. This allows our customers to choose products that meet their needs, while reducing their impact on the environment. Blackwoods has offered the Greener Worksafe range since 2012.