Safe Work Australia Seeks Input on 10-Year Plan

The framework document is a 2012-2022 strategy calling for a 20 percent reduction in work-related deaths and a 30 percent reduction in injuries.

Safe Work Australia released its Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 on March 26 and asked stakeholders and the public to comment on it by May 21. The document lists goals to be achieved during the decade ahead, including a 20 percent reduction in work-related deaths and a 30 percent reduction in injuries. It also lists six work-related disease/safety categories and five national industries as the priorities on which Safe Work Australia will focus its efforts until 2015 and 2017, respectively, and these are:

  • Categories: musculoskeletal disorders, mental disorders, cancers, asthma, contact dermatitis, noise-induced hearing loss
  • Industries: agriculture, transport, manufacturing, construction, health

Seven national action areas -- starting with prevention through design, a well-known strategy embraced by NIOSH among others -– also are listed as the stepping stones toward achieving the 2022 goals.

Tom Phillips, chair of Safe Work Australia, urged the public to be aware of the plan and to comment on it, "as it will influence their working lives over the coming decade."

He added, "Despite significant improvement in work health and safety in the last 10 years there is still more that can be done to keep our families free from work-related death, injury, and illness. Safe Work Australia is seeking your views to develop a practical, overarching strategy with targets that all Australian workplaces can and should aspire to achieve."

The agency said 216 Australians died from work-related injuries in 2009-10, and the estimated total annual cost of workplace injuries, illnesses, and diseases is more than $60 billion.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • EHS Management Software Buyer's Guide

    Download this buyer's guide to make more informed decisions as you're looking for an EHS management software system for your organization.

  • Steps to Conduct a JSA

    We've put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you perform a job safety analysis (JSA), which includes a pre-built, JSA checklist and template, steps of a JSA, list of potential job hazards, and an overview of hazard control hierarchy.

  • Levels of a Risk Matrix

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Industry Safe
Bulwark FR Quiz

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - March 2021

    March 2021

    Featuring:

    • EMPLOYEE TESTING
      The Impact of COVID-19 on Drug Testing
    • PROTECTIVE APPAREL
      Preparing for Unpredictable Spring Weather
    • FALL PROTECTION
      Building a Comprehensive Floor Safety Strategy
    • GAS DETECTION
      Gas Hazards and the COVID-19 Vaccine
    View This Issue