Proactive work health and safety interventions increasing

WHS regulators have increased proactive workplace interventions in recent years according to new data collected by Safe Work Australia.

The 18th edition of the Comparative Performance Monitoring (CPM) report shows that in 2014 shows that in 2014-15 there were almost 190,000 workplace interventions by jurisdictional work health and safety regulators. Almost 100,000 of these interventions were proactive, which compares with around 86,000 proactive interventions in 2012-13.

In releasing the report, Safe Work Australia Chair Diane Smith-Gander recognised the importance of remaining vigilant to ensure workplaces understand and comply with their work health and safety obligations.

“Australia’s regulators are proactively addressing work health and safety issues. The culture of safety within workplaces improves when there is open workplace engagement. Safe Work Australia Members are working together to minimise injuries and time off work” said Ms Smith-Gander.

Proactive workplace interventions include workplace visits, as well as workshops, presentations, seminars and forums.

“While the latest CPM report also highlights continued improvements with lower worker fatalities and workers’ compensation claims, this is not consistent across all industries. More needs to be done to ensure all Australians can lead healthy, safe and productive working lives. Regulators, legislators, business and worker representatives need to have an open partnership to get the best results.”

The annual CPM report analyses trends in Australian and New Zealand work health and safety and workers’ compensation schemes. The CPM report 18th edition includes the main report, along with other products to make the data more accessible.

To find out more, please visit the Safe Work Australia website – www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au