Industrial and Safety



Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety (WIS) is Australia and New Zealand’s leading supplier of industrial and safety consumables. 

With 222 outlets and 145 gas distribution points, we trade in Australia as Blackwoods, Protector Alsafe, Bullivants, Total Fasteners and Coregas. In New Zealand, we trade as Blackwoods Protector, Packaging House, NZ Safety and Safety Source and in Indonesia, we trade as PT Blackwoods. As at 30 June 2013 we employed more than 3,500 people and our revenue this year was $1.6 billion.

Material issues
  • As a supplier of industrial safety products and services, our material issues are:
  • The sustainability of our supply chain, including ethical labour standards and the environmental impact of manufacturing products. 
  • The safety and diversity of our people and our own operational environment impact. 
  • Delivering safe and sustainable products and services to customers on time to help them meet their business objectives.


Supply chain sustainability

During the year, we updated our supplier engagement process and worked with a third of our top 300 Australian and New Zealand suppliers to reduce risk in ethical sourcing, dangerous goods, safety, competition and consumer legislation and chain of responsibility requirements. We also promoted sustainability with our suppliers through our annual Supplier of the Year awards.

Our global sourcing team continued to audit existing suppliers and screen new suppliers against our ethical sourcing standard operating procedures. 

Our people

We improved our safety performance with our total recordable injury frequency rate reducing to 18.0 from 24.7 in the previous year. This was achieved through continued implementation of safety projects, such as improvements in the processes for goods stored at height.

This year we launched 40 new online courses and team members completed nearly 16,000 courses, including inductions, team member development, operational processes and product knowledge. 

We established localised Regional Steering Committees to support the implementation of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy. We conducted our third diversity survey, the results of which will improve our ability to attract and retain women in our workforce. We worked with CRS Australia, a federal government organisation which provides opportunities for disabled individuals seeking to re-enter the workforce. 

Environmental impact

We continued to invest in energy efficiency with lighting retrofits at four facilities in Australia and the installation of a variable speed drive at Coregas in Port Kembla, to match energy supply to energy demand. We added 47 hybrid vehicles to replace less efficient vehicles, bringing the total number of hybrids in our fleet to 217. 

During the year, we opened a new Blackwoods warehouse, office and showroom in Karratha, which leads the way for facilities of its type in terms of sustainable buildings. For further details, see the case study on the Our environment section of this website.

Delivering safe and sustainable products and services 

We continue to promote safety products and our range of sustainable products through regular marketing publications and catalogues. We also commenced a review of packaging for both our own brands and for key suppliers’ products to assess packaging for material reduction, freight optimisation, safety, sustainable materials, sustainable disposal and labelling. 

Community support

We provided direct contributions of more than $200,000 to nationally supported initiatives and local community organisations. 

Blackwoods sponsored the Indigenous Academy at North Melbourne Football Club to assist Indigenous youth to become leaders in their communities. We facilitated donations to The Fred Hollows Foundation of more than $34,000. We also supported five team members to visit the Northern Territory for the See Australia program to witness the work of The Fred Hollows Foundation in Indigenous communities.

We sponsored two team members to visit the Kimberley region of Western Australia as part of the Group-wide Jawun secondment program. 

Our New Zealand businesses continued to support St John Ambulance, the Cancer Council and the Hihi bird breeding program. 




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