Have your say on Work Health and Safety for the next decade

With only two weeks left until the public comment period closes, Safe Work Australia has reminded workers, employers and policy makers across Australia to have their say on work, health and safety for the next decade. The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 will identify priority industries and set key targets and objectives for the progression of work health and safety in Australia for the next ten years. Chair of Safe Work Australia, Mr Tom Phillips AM urged all interested Australians to be actively involved with the development of this strategy. “Safe Work Australia is seeking your views to develop a practical, overarching strategy with targets that all Australian workplaces can and should aspire to achieve,” said Mr Phillips. “While much has been achieved to improve work health and safety there is still more that can be done in the next decade to help reduce the harsh reality of poor work health and safety practices. “It is not the size of the organisation that makes a difference to work health and safety but the level of commitment and dedication. “As this year’s Safe Work Australia Awards’ winner for the nation’s best workplace health and safety system in a small business South Australia’s The Hub Fruit Bowl demonstrates, businesses of any size can improve work health and safety and make a difference to working Australians. “I encourage all those interested regardless of business size and industry to have their say on the future of work health and safety reform in our nation.” Public comment on the Australian Strategy closes on Monday 21 May 2012. The draft Australian Strategy is the result of months of extensive consultation with workers, unions, employers, employer associations, community groups and other key stakeholders. The ultimate vision of the strategy is for ‘healthy, safe and productive working lives by 2022’. To find out more about the Australian Strategy or to provide comment go to www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au. The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 will be launched later this year.

Safe Work Australia, 7 May 2012 ;http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au ;