Australia’s regulators proactive in work health & safety interventions

Proactive work health and safety interventions have increased in recent years according to new data from Safe Work Australia.

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

“Australia’s regulators are proactively addressing work health and safety issues,” said Safe Work Australia Chair Diane Smith-Gander. “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.”

Proactive workplace interventions include workplace visits, 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 CPM report can be accessed on the Safe Work Australia website.

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