HEALTH, SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT
Woolnorth Renewables (WNH) is committed to effectively managing all health, safety and environment aspects of our business. We do this by implementing and following a health, safety and environment management system and by ensuring we maintain 100% compliance with our legal obligations.
Health Safety and Environment Management System
Woolnorth Renewables have developed a series of documents that assist us in the management of Health, Safety and Environment issues of our business.
The documents Woolnorth Renewables have developed are supported by the HSE Management System of Hydro Tasmania, who are a 25% shareholder in our business. Hydro Tasmania’s HSE management system is based on the international standards for safety and environmental management, OHSAS18001 and ISO14001 respectively. As such the processes and documents are organised under the continuous improvement model of Plan, Do, Check, Act.
These documents can be found under the HSE documents banner.
Contractors intending to work on our wind farms should refer to the information within the Contractor banner on this page before presenting for work.
From an environment perspective we closely manage the wind farms and the land they occupy. We also ensure strict compliance with our environmental regulations and obligations. In summary, our focus areas are:
- Understanding if the wind farm effects birds and bats through detailed, rigorous scientific studies.
- Investigating if there is an impact on any flora or fauna. If there is, we aim to mitigate it, or if this is not possible, implement an offset program which aims to have a net positive effect on the species.
- Managing land for the future – preventing erosion and the protection of any native vegetation.
- Continually monitoring the wind farms for areas of improvement or issues of non-compliance.
- Ensuring we can adequately respond to any incident or emergency situation.
Annual / Public Environmental Reports
Each year the Musselroe, Studland Bay and Bluff Point Wind Farms are put under the microscope and the company publishes Annual Environmental Reports (AER) for each wind farm. The AERs are written specifically to report on compliance with each wind farm’s Environment Protection Notice (EPN).
The documents are publicly available and provide a detailed summary of each wind farm’s environmental performance including compliance with environmental operating conditions (as detailed by the EPNs). Reports also include the reporting requirements of each wind farm’s Approval Decision issued pursuant to the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Every three years a Public Environmental Report is completed which includes information required by the AER and additional information required by the Tasmanian Environment Protection Authority.
Refer to the Annual/ Public Environment Report banner to access the latest reports
A list of other publications which may be of interest can be found under the Publications banner.