We lead the field in safety.

Zero Harm

Zero Harm is embedded in Downer’s culture and is fundamental to the company’s future success. We are committed to sustaining a work environment that supports the health and safety of our people and minimises the impact our business has on the environment.

We believe that:

  • all incidents are preventable
  • safety is everyone’s responsibility
  • the behaviour of our leaders influences safety
  • anyone can stop an unsafe act; and
  • we can learn and improve.

All employees and contractors share the responsibility of Zero Harm:

  • being present for work in a safe and fit manner,
  • promptly reporting incidents, unsafe practices and conditions; and
  • complying with procedures, training, instructions and the Cardinal Rules.

Our LTIFR is at a historical low, however we remain vigilant in our efforts to achieve health, safety, sustainability and environmental excellence. If you're interested in finding out more, feel free to check out our Sustainability Report.

Compliance with our health and safety and environmental commitments is monitored by the Downer Board Zero Harm Committee.


Innovation at Downer – Low Co2 Asphalt

Downer works closely with its customers to develop innovative solutions to enhance their operations and assets. Through its asphalt manufacturing business, Downer has developed a range of low CO2 asphalt products that contain powder from recycled toner and print cartridges, rubber crumb from recycled tyres and waste paint. These products significantly reduce carbon emissions and preserve natural resources. This is good news for road users and the environment.

Watch how by clicking on the video below.


A focus on Zero Harm: Terry Thompson

Terry is the south east Queensland maintenance planner for mobile asphalt and spray seal plant equipment, responsible for planning maintenance and organising resources to repair machine failures.

"I came to Downer after completing 17 years in the Australian army as a heavy diesel mechanic. I am based in Strathpine, Queensland but my role sees me looking after equipment located from Gympie to the New South Wales border. 

The most challenging part of my role is dealing with the pressure of breakdowns and carrying out maintenance on machines while working around the busy surfacing schedule.

While the best part of my job is knowing that I have contributed to keeping our mobile plant equipment serviceable so that our asphalt operations can go ahead as planned.

I enjoy being part of a company that has a high emphasis on Zero Harm and is continually improving employee safety."

Downer awarded first 'Excellent' Infrastructure Sustainability Operations rating

Downer and the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) are proud to announce an ‘Excellent’ Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) Operations rating for the Yarra Park Recycled Water Treatment Facility (RWTF).

The rating was awarded at the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia’s (ISCA) annual Sustainability in Infrastructure Awards on Wednesday 21 October 2015, and is the first Australian IS Operations rating.

“Downer and the Melbourne Cricket Club are to be congratulated on two fronts,” said ISCA CEO Antony Sprigg. “Firstly, for their leadership in piloting the IS rating scheme in an Operational context and secondly, for achieving an ‘Excellent’ (IS) Operations rating.”

“Achieving an Excellent Operations rating along with our recent ISO 55001 Accredited Certification for Asset Management is further endorsement of our credibility and leadership in effectively, efficiently and sustainably managing assets on behalf of our customers,” said Trevor Cohen, Executive Director, Downer Utilities.

“Key to our sustainability approach is recognising that our business activities have an impact on the community and the environments in which we operate, and working collaboratively with partners like the MCC enable us to bring this to life in the work we do,” added Mr Cohen.

“We are very pleased to partner with Downer in achieving this significant recognition from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia,” said Stephen Gough, the Melbourne Cricket Club’s Chief Executive Officer.

“It is further endorsement by industry leaders that our RWTF is at the forefront of best practice,” added Mr Gough.

The Yarra Park RWTF is an MCC-owned facility designed and built by Downer and has been operated by Downer since 2012.

Since the facility was commissioned, Downer has been able to gain water efficiencies of 7% during summer operations and 8% during winter operations and has been able to supply 99.99% of potable water replacement demand. To date the Yarra Park RWTF has directly offset 291,818,800 litres of potable water.

The team also monitored energy use and greenhouse gas emissions during the two years the plant has been in operation, enabling operational process improvements that have resulted in reduced energy consumption over the remaining 23 years of the asset’s operational life.

In addition to this, substantial changes of chemical dosing, cleaning regimes and process philosophies have resulted in a reduction of 80 tonnes chemicals or 45% of materials.

Image: Ricky Bridge (left), General Manager Environment Operations receiving the award on behalf of the team from Alison Rowe (ISCA Director) and David Singleton (ISCA Chairman).