BHP will require staff and visitors to be fully vaccinated to enter sites and offices from January 31, 2022 and even earlier for workers in NSW.
The mining giant confirmed today it would introduce vaccination as a condition of entry following a “thorough review of the effectiveness of its COVID-19 health and safety controls, the latest scientific evidence and expert health advice”.
BHP workplaces in NSW, such as Mount Arthur Coal, will introduce the requirement sooner than the rest given local risk factors.
The company will also comply with recently announced vaccination mandates in Western Australia and Victoria for authorised workers and the resources sector.
“The science is clear that widespread vaccination saves lives,” said BHP Minerals Australia president Edgar Basto.
“We have undertaken a thorough assessment and believe that this is the right path forward to protect the health of our people, their families and the communities where we operate – including remote Indigenous communities – while continuing to safely run our operations,” he said.
“We know this raise will questions for some, and we will work closely with our workforce as we go through the process of implementing these controls at our workplaces.”