Work health and safety roadmap 2022
A six year strategy that aims to protect workers from harm, reduce unnecessary compliance costs and secure safety standards in NSW workplacesScroll to next section
The Work health and safety roadmap for NSW 2022 (roadmap) is aimed at everyone to enable the continued decline in fatalities and serious injuries and illnesses in NSW. It sets out agreed priorities to keep safety simple while focusing on the important risks that will reduce harm.
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The Work health and safety roadmap for NSW 2022 (roadmap) is a six year strategy for NSW.
It is aimed at everyone who has an influence on work health and safety to enable the continued decline in fatalities and serious injuries and illnesses in NSW workplaces by:
- protecting workers from harm
- reducing unnecessary compliance costs
- and securing safety standards.
It sets out agreed priorities for safety in the state and was developed through extensive consultation with:
- industry associations
- regional business
- worker representatives.
- professional groups
- NSW public sector representatives
- our people
By establishing a clear vision, action areas and targets, the roadmap will ensure a focus on reducing harms that cause the greatest risk to health and safety and the burdens that create the greatest cost to NSW businesses.
This collaborative agreement, which keeps safety simple while focusing on the important issues, is a first for our state.
Healthy, safe, and productive working lives
NSW is making good progress
Meeting national targets
NSW is on track to meet targets under the Australian work health and safety strategy 2012-2022.
Fewer people fatally and seriously injured
Over the last ten years the number of workplace fatalities and serious injuries and illnesses have reduced in NSW workplaces:
- 49% fall in fatality incidence rates
- 39% fall in serious injuries and illnesses incidence rates
- 39% fall in serious musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses incidence rates
More to do: impact of workplace harms is too high
- 60 worker fatalities in NSW in 2015
- 30,902 workplace injuries and illnesses in NSW during 2015/16
- $17.3 billion economic costs of work related injury and illnesses in NSW in 2012/13
Many hot spots require further improvement
Comparing to other Australian jurisdictions
- From 2010-14 NSW had the highest number of fatalities based on a five year average with the 3rd lowest fatality rate
- In 2013/14 NSW had the fourth highest incidence rate however had the second largest reduction since 2009/10
The strategy has three action areas to deliver a set of outcomes
A new WHS landscape
Embed a health and safety landscape in NSW workplaces
Key priority areas
Prioritise sectors, harms, workers and workplaces where the most significant risk exists
Build better services
Build exemplar regulatory services
A new WHS landscape
NSW workplaces will be managing health and safety effectively
Key priority areas
Workers in high risk sectors will be safer and healthier
High impact harms will be eliminated or significantly reduced
At risk workers will be supported and protected
High risk workplaces will meet compliance standards
Build better services
We will be customer focused to make it easier to manage health and safety
We will be a credible, innovative and influential regulator driven by data and evidence
3 WHS landscape
Embed the ‘health and safety landscape’ in NSW workplaces to ensure every job is designed to be safe
Health and safety landscape
Embed the ‘health and safety landscape’ in NSW workplaces to ensure every job is designed to be safe.
Key elements of the landscape
The health and safety landscape consists of a number of key elements, all of which are critical to achieve excellence in work health and safety:
- committed leadership
- good safety practices
- safe design and supply chains
- skilled workers who look out for each other
Leadership from the top
Workplace leaders visibly demonstrate their commitment to work health and safety
Organisational safety capability and practices
The organisation has the capability to put in place safe systems, procedures and policies that translate to safe practices
Consultation and communication hold all elements of the safety landscape together
Consultation ensures that workers bring their expertise to health and safety decisions with clear and relevant communication flowing through all levels of the organisation
A safe physical and mental environment, supported by safe supply chains
Workers have the skills and attitudes to work safely
Focus on key priority areas where the most significant work health and safety risks exist
High impact harms
Chosen high impact harms will be eliminated or significantly reduced
By 2022, no one should be seriously injured or killed by:
- falls from heights
- quad bikes and forklifts
- ‘working live’ electric shocks/electrocutions
- traumatic injury from poorly guarded machinery
Falling incidence rate
By 2022 the incidence rate of serious injuries and illnesses will have fallen by 30% with a focus on:
- musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses
- serious mental health disorders
- exposure to hazardous chemicals and materials
At risk workers supported and protected
By end of 2017, establish a baseline to measure improvements in health and safety for these at risk groups:
- workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- migrant workers
- young workers
- workers engaged through labour hire organisations
Engage with peak bodies, associations, community leaders, employers and workers, spanning all sectors to develop plans to reduce fatalities and serious injuries for at risk workers.
5 Build better services
We are committed to building exemplary regulatory services
- Workplaces will find it easier to manage health and safety
- NSW will be recognised as the best state to start and grow a business
- We will be seen as a trusted and influential regulator
- We will enforce WHS laws to protect workers to ensure no competitive advantage through negligence
Driven by insights from data
Our decisions and actions will be driven by insights and evidence from data
We will be recognised for working with business to design and develop innovative regulatory approaches aimed at eliminating WHS risk
6 Getting involved
Get involved at your workplace and by using our products and services
Safety starts with you
Have a chat with those in your own workplace and your industry about what the roadmap means to you.
Visit the Safety starts with you website where you will find:
- The new ‘Safe’ app
- Simple safety
- Safety Promise
If you are about to begin a significant project, we can help you develop a Stakeholder Action Plan to align your WHS systems to the Roadmap.
Be part of our events
Advice and support
- Get an inspector to come to your small business to offer advice, feedback and support on ways you can improve safety
- Have a presentation or workshop on a range of safety topics
- Access a small business rebate of up to $500
7 Our progress
Check out our progress on implementation of the Roadmap.
On the road
We are now nine months into a six-year strategy that aims to protect workers from harm, reduce unnecessary compliance and secure safety standards in NSW workplaces.
This is a snapshot of what we have achieved so far.
We have created ‘Safe’, a smart phone app that facilitates teams to resolve safety issues, and developed Safety Promise, an online tool that allows businesses to show their commitment to embedding a health and safety culture in their workplace.
We launched TradieSafe to reduce injuries in the Hunter region’s residential construction industry and conducted a forum to discuss the top 10 hazardous chemicals of concern. The Get Healthy@Work team continues to promote health checks at business breakfasts and develop effective workplace health programs.
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Building exemplary regulatory services
In our effort to build exemplary regulatory services, we have provided clarity to workers and customers around raising a work health and safety concern and notifying an incident, and what to expect when an investigation takes place.
We have also finalised eight enforceable undertakings that have generated over $2 million of work health and safety benefits flowing to NSW businesses and the community, and have begun a financial support scheme to help injured workers attend court for a sentence hearing.
We have commenced a review of training for health and safety representatives and have improved communication with businesses, workers and the community with the SaFE Mobility app.
Together with the NSW Office of the Small Business Commissioner and the Department of Primary Industries, we are applying design thinking to improve the safety culture of the farming community.