Vision, goals and strategies


Vision

A Western Australian public sector where safety, health and injury management are core values and in world's best practice; every employee feels safe at work; injuries are effectively managed and employees are assisted to return to work; and a safety and health culture is a critical element of service delivery to the community.

Direction

To develop a culture within the Western Australian public sector that advocates and supports a workplace free of work-related injuries and diseases.

Goals

 

Senior management commitment

To engage and obtain commitment from Government, Ministers and Chief Executive Officers to:

  • the principles of occupational safety, health and injury management; and
  • the achievement of a high standard of occupational safety, health and injury management for the public sector workforce.

Safety, health and injury management systems and reporting

To promote the establishment of occupational safety and health and injury management systems that allow agencies to:

  • meet obligations under legislation governing the public sector workplaces;
  • improve outcomes to meet state and national targets; and
  • report progress against state and national performance targets.

Working collaboratively

To work collaboratively with key agencies to achieve the vision for public sector safety and injury management.

Networking

To create opportunities for public sector agencies and practitioners to meet the challenges within their workplaces through:

  • exchanging ideas and information;
  • identifying best practice; and
  • providing mutual assistance or support.

Strategies

 

Senior management commitment

  • Engage leaders of government to obtain a demonstrated commitment to workplace safety and injury management.
  • Support the inclusion of occupational safety, health and injury management initiatives in Chief Executive Officer performance agreements.
  • Encourage Chief Executive Officers to demonstrate leadership and a commitment to occupational safety, health and injury management.

Safety, health and injury management systems and reporting

  • Set targets consistent with the  Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy (the Australian Strategy).
  • Develop and implement standards for reporting of occupational safety, health and injury management outcomes.

Working collaboratively

  • Establish a Steering Committee with membership from key agencies that are responsible for public sector management, occupational safety and health and workers’ compensation and injury management, and unions representing public sector workers.
  • Share relevant occupational safety, health and injury management information with a view to identify and develop strategic or whole-of-government strategies in response to issues of concern to workplace safety and injury management or the development of management systems, policies and procedures.

Networking

  • Establish and promote a network amongst public sector occupational safety, health and injury management practitioners.
  • Acknowledge and promote best practice performance across government.

Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-22

Overview of the Australian Strategy

The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 (the Australian Strategy) provides a 10 year framework to continue to drive improvements in workplace health and safety in Australia. The Australian Strategy promotes a collaborative approach between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, industry and unions and other organisations to achieve the vision of healthy, safe and productive working lives. The Australian Strategy builds on the previous National Occupational Health and Safety Strategy 2002-2012 (National Strategy).

Vision: Healthy, safe and productive working lives

The vision for the Australian Strategy is derived from Article 23(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which sets out that everyone has the right to … favourable conditions of work and reflects the principles that:

  • All workers have the right to a healthy and safe working environment.
  • Well-designed, healthy and safe work leads to more productive working lives.

The Australian Strategy sets out four outcomes and seven action areas to help achieve the vision by 2022. Seven priority industries and six priority disorders have been identified as the focus for the strategy. Progress will be measured and evaluated through evidence-based targets.

Outcomes:

  • Reduced incidence of work-related death, injury and illness; 
  • Reduced exposure to hazards and risks;
  • Improved hazard controls; and
  • Improved work health and safety infrastructure.

The seven action areas in which actions are required to support the outcomes are:

  • Healthy and safe by design;
  • Supply chains and networks;
  • Health and safety capabilities;
  • Leadership and culture;
  • Research and evaluation;
  • Government; and
  • Responsive and effective regulatory framework.

The Strategy sets three targets to measure the progress towards achieving the vision:

  • a reduction of at least 20 per cent in the number of worker fatalities due to injury;
  • a reduction of at least 30 per cent in the incidence rate of claims resulting in one or more weeks off work; and
  • a reduction of at least 30 per cent in the incidence rate of claims for musculoskeletal disorders resulting in one or more weeks off work.

Priority industries

The following broad industry groups have been identified as national priorities for prevention activities.These are:

  • agriculture;
  • road transport;
  • manufacturing;
  • construction;
  • accommodation and food services;
  • public administration and safety; and
  • health care and social assistance.

In 2012, these industries were found to have high numbers and rates of injury and/or fatalities, or were by their nature hazardous. The national industry priorities focus attention and activities on identifying the cause of injury and illness and on working to find and implement solutions. In order to focus attention on areas that require the greatest improvement, relevant sub sectors from within these broad industry groups will be chosen by jurisdictions during specified periods during the life of the Australian Strategy. The agriculture and road freight transport industries will be the focus of efforts in all jurisdictions during the first five years of the Australian Strategy to reduce the high numbers of fatalities in these industries.

Priority disorders

The following work-related disorder categories are identified as national priorities in the first five years of the Australian Strategy. They have been chosen based on the severity of consequences for workers, the number of workers estimated to be affected, and the existence of known prevention options. The priority work-related disorders are:

  • musculoskeletal disorders;
  • mental disorders;
  • cancers (including skin cancer);
  • asthma;
  • contact dermatitis; and
  • noise-induced hearing loss.

Reporting

An annual report on the Australian Strategy will be published. The Australian Strategy will be reviewed in 2017 to ensure it continues to generate sustained improvements in work health and safety.  

 


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