Off the back of a number of recent incidents a campaign called ‘SPEAK UP, REPORT IT’ has been launched in WA encouraging those in the mining industry to report sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviours and emphasising that bullying and harassment are not acceptable in the resources sector.
The campaign's goal is to address instances of sexual misconduct towards female FIFO workers, exposed in a 2022 parliamentary inquiry, and improve workplace culture.
WA’s State Industrial Relations in launching the campaign highlighted the importance of having a ‘clear point of contact’ for workers who experience, and wish to report, harassment at work. The campaign offers an anonymous hotline for reporting incidents to WorkSafe.
Other initiatives in Western Australia include the ‘Respect in Mining’ program, which aims to increase awareness of how gender inequality affects women's safety.
Additionally, a ‘Zero Tolerance’ project focuses on preventing sexual harassment of women from migrant and refugee backgrounds. This project includes an online hub with specialized support for these women, who are more prone to experiencing sexual harassment at work.
Source: OHS Alert 06 August