At AusNet Services, safety is a way of life. Everyone is responsible for leading safety.
Our leading value is 'We work safely'. We never compromise on safety and we genuinely care for the well being of people and our communities.
To achieve our goal of zero injuries, our missionZero strategy is:
AusNet Services’ commitment to health and safety, environment, quality and asset management responsibilities, obligations, and the principles of sustainable development are detailed in our Management Systems.
The Health and Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) Management System is a framework under which our Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Policy and supporting processes are implemented, certified to the appropriate Australian and international standards and continues to demonstrate compliance:
The Asset Management System if a framework under which our asset management policy and supporting processes are implemented, maintained and continue to demonstrate compliance to the international standard requirements.
The asset management system includes the asset systems, management processes and physical assets for the:
Electricity Transmission Network
Electricity Distribution Network
Gas Distribution Network
Wherever there is natural or man-made electricity, there are electric and magnetic fields (EMFs). Natural electrical fields are produced by, for example, static from your clothes or carpet; while natural magnetic fields are produced by huge moving charges deep within the earth’s core or by currents of lightning. Man-made electric and magnetic fields are created wherever electricity is used, distributed, transmitted or generated.
The effects of electric and magnetic fields on people’s health has been the subject of research since the late 1950s. Individual research publications and discussions have brought increasing public attention on the possible health implications from exposure to man-made electric and magnetic fields. In recent years, many national and international committees and panels have evaluated these research results – their general conclusions have not established a relationship between magnetic fields and adverse health effects.
We have an obligation to provide electricity safely, reliably and economically – but because of continuing uncertainty about the effect of EMFs, we want to pursue a careful course of action. Therefore, in accordance with the recommendations of the Energy Supply Association of Australia (ESAA), we:
• operate our transmission system prudently within Australian health guidelines
• closely monitor high quality scientific research
• take community views into account when siting new facilities
We have also produced a handy booklet that explains the sources and effects of electric and magnetic fields in greater detail.