NSW’s work health and safety research centre publishes first research blueprint

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A new research blueprint has recently been published to help reduce deaths, serious injuries, and illness in NSW workplaces.

The NSW Government’s Centre for Work Health and Safety Blueprint sets out the scope of its research over the next four years.

SafeWork NSW Executive Director Peter Dunphy said the centre is a reflection of the government’s commitment to adopt new and innovative approaches to help solve work health and safety issues.

“The centre is a collaborative research boy that creates a new perspective and smarter approach to the way we think about work health and safety in NSW,” said Mr. Dunphy.

“By taking a different approach to understanding and solving workplace issues, we believe we can have a positive impact on the day-to-day health and safety of workers across the state.

“The blueprint spells out how the centre will undertake research, measure progress and judge success.”

The blueprint adopts a ‘human-centred design’ approach involving stakeholder experiences and needs, as well as engagement with peak bodies and community leaders, which Mr. Dunphy said, will help address societal and economic trends affecting workplace health and safety.

“Technological advances, the emergence of the ‘gig’ economy, and an aging workforce are just some of the current and emerging issues requiring creative solutions to work health and safety challenges,” said Mr. Dunphy.

“By seeking a holistic understanding of a topic, we can better respond to the challenges these issues present.

“I am confident the results will help improve health and safety in NSW.”

The centre will undertake projects including investigating effective engagement between workers, industry and regulators; new ways to manage health in the workplace; and, drawing upon evidence to inform best practice regulation.

“This centre is just one of the ways NSW is leading the nation in smarter, more innovative harm-prevention initiatives,” he said.

More information is available on www.centreforwhs.nsw.gov.au/home.

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