09:29 am, Tuesday 27 March, 2012
Safe Work Australia is developing the Australian Work Health & Safety Strategy 2012-2022 to provide a national framework for support and change at the workplace level. This draft document is now available for public comment.
Following a series of 11 workshops seeking community consultation throughout 2011, this draft document has now been developed to establish the vision: Healthy, safe and productive working lives.
According to the draft documentAustraliahas some horrifying statistics to improve upon:
- during 2009-2010, 216 Australians died from an injury sustained at work;
- 640,000 Australians reported experiencing a work-related illness or injury;
- it is estimated that over 2000 Australians die each year from a work-related illness; and
- the total cost of workplace illness and injury for the 2008-09 financial year was $60.6 billion – that is 4.8% ofAustralia’s GDP.
There are several National Priority Industries identified for reduction in incidence of traumatic fatalities, injuries and illness by 2015 including:
- Construction; and
There are also a number of work related diseases or disorders that are seen as priorities:
- musculoskeletal disorders
- mental disorders
- cancers (including skin cancer)
- contact dermatitis
- noise induced hearing loss
The draft Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 can be read here. Responses will be accepted between March 26, 2012 and May 21, 2012.