Safe Work Australia recently said that the mid-term review of the Australian Work Health and Safety strategy 2012-2022 has found that the strategy is delivering against its stated purpose and progress against the three targets to reduce work-related fatalities and injuries is on track.
After considering the 14 findings of the review, SWA members agreed to focus on three key areas to ensure that the strategy continues to be effective:
Undertaking detailed analysis of the causes and controls of work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses, with an initial focus on the agriculture industry and musculoskeletal disorders
Exploring the feasibility of national lead indicators to support improved workplace performance measurement and reporting, and
Developing effective information sharing and improved coordination of activities implemented under the strategy.
Members also agreed to make minor changes to the language in the strategy including renaming ‘priority disorders’ to ‘priority conditions’, and incorporating explicit reference to workplace bullying, harassment and occupational violence.
SWA said that members are confident that these changes and focus areas will ensure the strategy continues to guide the achievement of improvements in work health and safety outcomes over the next five years.