Safe Work Australia has published a revised version of the Australian Work Health and Strategy 2012-2022 to ensure it continues to improve safety in Australian workplaces.
The Australian Work Health and Strategy endorses a collaborative approach to work health and safety and was developed after nearly two years of consultation with WHS regulators, governments, unions, employer organisations, industry groups, safety organisations and the general public.
There have been minor language changes and more explicit reference to workplace bullying, harassment, and occupational violence.
Safe Work Australia members agreed to:
- Undertake 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
- Explore the feasibility of national lead indicators to support improved workplace performance measurement and reporting, and
- Develop effective information sharing and improved coordination of activities implemented under the Strategy.
The Strategy is intended for governments, work health and safety regulators, industry, unions and organisations that shape work health and safety and workplaces across Australia.
“We are continuing to work with the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, industry, unions, and the community to achieve the Strategy’s vision of ‘healthy, safe and productive working lives’ for all,” Safe Work Australia said in a statement.