While companies can put any number of safety policies in place, “it’s all rubbish” without a strong organisational culture of safety, according to Ross Hughes, CFO of Western Australia’s Water Corporation.
While many companies understand that good management requires senior managers to spend
time with frontline workers, the challenge is to make productive use of these visits, according to The Australian National University’s Professor Andrew Hopkins.
One out of every five employees work in places where there were biological materials, and of these workers, 75 per cent are in contact with human bodily matter and 30 per cent are in contact with live animals or animal products.
More than 3000 Victorians who have been off work long-term as a result of a work-place injury need more support and encouragement from employers, doctors and other treatment professionals to return to work, according to WorkSafe Victoria.
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