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Our response to COVID-19

Updated November 2020 – this page will be regularly updated to reflect changing circumstances.

The COVID -19 crisis is causing significant damage to communities across the world. Our teams are working hard to minimise the risks that COVID-19 present to us. Our response is built around three areas – keeping our people safe and well, maintaining safe and reliable operations and supporting our communities.

We must stay safe and stop the virus spread

The safety and well-being of the MRL family – our workforce, their families, the communities in which we operate – are first and foremost in our minds. Since the outbreak began in January 2020, we have continuously monitored developments around the world along with guidelines introduced by the Federal and State Governments and the health authorities.

The changes we are making

We are taking all precautions to keep our people healthy and safe, our operations running and provide continuous service to our customers. These are challenging times and no one has all the answers. We have put strict protocols in place in line with government guidance and directives, advice from health officials to keep our employees and contractors safe. We will continue to work together with all of our stakeholders and adapt to changes as they happen. The majority of our employees work at our operations and cannot work from home and we have implemented a number of protocols to support them.

Screening for COVID-19

We have commenced swab screening for our fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workforce for the coronavirus (COVID-19) as part of our total approach to minimising the spread of the virus. Our aim is to ensure that anyone travelling to site is free of the virus.

The health and well-being of our workforce are our priority focus and we are doing everything possible to minimise the risk of our people being infected by and spreading COVID-19.

Working with our customers and business continuity

We are working with our customers to understand the impacts to their business and adapting our practices where possible. We will continue to work closely with them and provide the service to them that we are renowned for. We will do all that we can to help them keep their operations running.

We have established a COVID-19 Steering Committee tasked with keeping our operations running, working with our suppliers to ensure supply chain continuity and to look at various scenarios that may occur in the future. We continue to review and refine appropriate risk mitigation strategies, including risks to critical infrastructure at each of our operations.

Working with industry and government

We are in regular contact with others in our industry and government departments, sharing knowledge and working together to find solutions. We are actively contributing to the Western Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy COVID-19 working group to ensure a coordinated response from the resources industry.

The resources industry is an important contributor to the Western Australian and Australian economies, and we will continue to work with government to do what we can to ensure our operations contribute positively to society at this challenging time.

We have worked with government to find a screening solution to minimise the risk of COVID-19 to mining operations in Western Australia that does not impact, or put pressure on, the public health system. Our decision to open up the screening process up to other companies is to ensure this pandemic does not force the closure of Western Australia’s mining industry, which employs tens of thousands of men and women and is the economic lifeblood of the State.

For further information

For the latest information on the global outbreak, a range of resources are available at: