The Work Health and Safety Roadmap for NSW 2022 is a six-year plan which sets out several targets to reduce rates of injury, illness and fatalities in the state.
The Roadmap aims to reduce work-related fatalities by 20 percent, serious injuries and illnesses by 30 percent and serious musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses by 30 percent through engaging and empowering workplaces to manage health and safety in a more effective manner.
Mr. Dunphy said that NSW is Australia’s leading economy and should also have the safest workplaces in the country.
“Over the last ten years, fewer people are being seriously or fatally injured in NSW workplaces,” he said.
“There has been a 49 percent decline in fatalities and a 39 percent decline in serious injuries and illnesses which can be attributed to a number of factors, including changing attitudes towards work health and safety, as well as the development of best practice, industry transformation and technological developments.
“But the number of workplace serious injuries and illnesses remain too high with 30,902 NSW workers harmed during 2015/16.
“And when we consider the economic cost of these injuries and illnesses, which at more than $17 billion or 3.7 percent of gross state product, it’s clear that must do more.”
Mr Dunphy said programs and other initiatives will be delivered to ensure the protection of workers from injuries and to improve the competitiveness of businesses in the state.
“Over the next six years, SafeWork NSW will develop and deliver a range of innovative initiatives in partnership with employers, workers, peak bodies, associations, and community leaders to protect workers and increase the competitiveness and confidence of NSW business,” he said.
“This will be underpinned by a number of elements, including good safety practices supported by committed leadership, consultation, workers who look out for each other and safe design.
Targeted programs will be implemented with high-risk sectors, including agriculture, construction, health, manufacturing, government and transport.
“And through these and other programs, we will seek to limit musculoskeletal injuries, mental health disorders and exposure to hazardous chemicals and materials.
“We are also committed to significantly reducing the number of injuries involving quad bikes, forklifts, machine guarding, working at heights and electrocution.
“These innovative programs will be developed through data-driven insights and information sharing with stakeholders so that practical solutions to current work health and safety risks can be found.”
Source: Safety Culture