2020-21 Musculoskeletal Disorders Action Plan
To address the issue of musculoskeletal disorders amongst workers in NSW workplaces, and to improve the recover at work experience of injured workers, SafeWork NSW is taking a multi-pronged approach. Firstly, we will be focussing not only on the industries and occupations most at risk, but also engaging those people that may influence a worker’s exposure to Hazardous Manual Tasks (HMT), and their recovery at work. Secondly, we will be partnering with industry and workplace leaders, people responsible for purchasing, designers and engineers, allied health professionals and educators to influence positive change.
This 2020-21 Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Action Plan has been developed to support the delivery of the MSD Strategy 2022 (the Strategy).
The Strategy was developed in consultation with our customers and, forms the overarching framework for this Action Plan. The Strategy sets targets for reducing MSD-related harm amongst NSW workers. It also enables SafeWork NSW to change attitudes and improve knowledge and behaviours around the way work-related MSDs are prevented and managed, whilst ensuring compliance with work health and safety legislative requirements.
This Action Plan follows a risk based approach, identifying the industry sectors and occupations that report the highest number of serious MSDs each year and describes the actions SafeWork NSW will take to support these businesses. Reviewed annually, this plan provides a targeted approach allowing SafeWork NSW to be responsive to changes in industry sectors and occupations.
Focus Industries for 2020-2021
In 2020/21 we will work with industry to deliver programs across the six priority industry sectors of Health care and social assistance, Manufacturing, Construction, Agriculture, Transport and Government. These industries and occupations have some of the highest rates of MSD injuries in NSW. We will identify focus occupations within these industry sectors where appropriate.
| SafeWork NSW MSD work plan for 2020/21|
- Participative Ergonomics for Manual Tasks (PErforM) workshops, including delivery of online sessions, targeted PErforM workshops and implementation assistance
- MSD Prevention - Inspector visit program for businesses at high risk of MSD
- Working with each work health and safety sector plan to deliver improvement in the management of HMT and prevention of MSDs for highest risk industry sector stakeholders - Agriculture, Manufacturing, Government, Transport, Construction, Health Care and Social Assistance
- Industry-specific problem solving and co-design of solutions across high risk sectors
- Host a series of training workshops to targeted businesses on the A Participative Hazard Identification and Risk Management (APHIRM) toolkit
- Complete and evaluate the Patient Handling Injuries Review of Systems (PHIRES) pilot project
- Participate in a HWSA project that is focused on reducing business and industries reliance on 'how to lift' type training as a sole or primary means of controlling manual task related hazards.
- Responding to requests for service and incidents
- Delivering requested presentations
- Provision of advice to internal and external customers
- Contribution to policy advice on state and national issues
- Provision of internal advice to investigation and Enforceable Undertakings
- Ongoing facilitation of the MSD Consultative Committee
- Engagement with highest risk industry sector stakeholders - Agriculture, Manufacturing, Government, Transport, Construction, Health Care and Social Assistance
- Engagement with MSD influential stakeholders through conference participation, working with universities and relationship development
- Building of the online MSD LinkedIn community
- Planning for 2021 National MSD Symposium (postponed from March 2020 due to COVID-19)
- Launch of MSD online self-assessment tool
- Supporting delivery of ‘At-Risk’ workers’ strategy– delivery of relevant documents/communication in culturally appropriate language
- HMT/PErforM poster and mini-guide
- Development of MSD resources including tailored sector resources and case studies
- Delivery of an MSD Strategy Communications Plan
- Communication resources targeting stakeholder’s reliance on and use of inadequate control measures
- Internal capability building with Inspector training and professional development
- WHS Ergo Regulators of Australia (WERA)
- Data driven development of programs
- Introduce evidence based tools for business
- Continue to work with universities (student experience program)
- MSD strategy and action plan evaluation
- PErforM online session evaluation
Research – Working with the Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Build on MSD aged care research and embed findings within industry
- Research the contributing factors of MSDs by partnering with the Centre for WHS to undertake an MSD research project that will investigate:
- qualitative perceptions of MSD prevention tools
- economic analysis of the costs associated with MSDS and benefits of prevention
- cross sectional study
- Potential further research opportunities that align with our current programs of work