Action plan

The MSD Strategy 2017-2022 aims to change attitudes, 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 2018–19 Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Action Plan (the Action Plan) has been developed to support the delivery of the MSD Strategy 2017-2022.

This Action Plan follows a risk-based approach, identifying the industry sectors and occupations that have 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. We are focusing on the industries and occupations most at risk, as well as engaging people who may influence a worker’s exposure to Hazardous Manual Tasks (HMT) and their Recovery at Work, including industry and workplace leaders, people responsible for purchasing, designers and engineers, allied health professionals and educators.

  • Health care and social assistance
  • Manufacturing
  • Nursing
  • Storepersons

In NSW, some of the highest rates of MSDs are found in the Health care and social assistance and Manufacturing industries, and workers within the occupations of nursing and storepersons. We will implement programs focused on these industries and occupations throughout 2018/19.

In addition to these focus industries and occupations, we will undertake work to support the delivery of the Industry action plans in Agriculture, Government, Construction and Transport as outlined in the Work Health and Safety Roadmap for NSW 2022.

SafeWork NSW MSD work plan for 2018/19
  • Industry-specific problem solving and co-design of solutions across high risk sectors continuing for distribution centres and commencing for manufacturing and health care and social assistance (specifically in patient handling)
  • Safety in purchasing
  • Statewide workshop program - Participative Ergonomics for Manual Tasks (PErforM)
  • Tailored PErforM workshops for focus industries
  • Inspector visit program focused on businesses at high risk of MSD
  • Due diligence for MSD leadership and reporting best practice
  • Good Work Design project (with psychosocial and health connections)
  • Early intervention of injuries in the work place education
Response activity
  • Responding to requests for service and incidents
  • Delivering requested presentations
  • Provision of advice to customers
  • Contribution to policy advice on state and national issues
  • Ongoing facilitation of the MSD Consultative Committee
  • Working with identified industry sectors to help improve prevention of MSD; health care and social assistance, and manufacturing, agriculture, government, transport, construction
  • Engagement with MSD influential stakeholders through conference participation, working with universities and relationship development
  • Building of an online MSD LinkedIn community
  • Delivery of MSD Symposium on 8 and 9 November 2018
  • Provide an understanding of the relationship between MSDs, psychosocial and return to work factors’
  • Annual MSD achievements report– highlight the achievements for the previous year against the action plan, recently released claims data and activity and statistics
  • Supporting delivery of ‘At Risk’ workers program – delivery of relevant documents/communication in culturally appropriate language
  • Online support hub for PErforM implementation by businesses
  • MSD case study videos
Exemplar regulator
  • Internal capability building
  • National MSD Regulator Network
  • Data driven development of programs
  • NSW PErforM workshop program evaluation
  • Innovation: continue to work with universities (student experience program)
  • Continuation of MSD strategy and action plan evaluation
Research – Working with the Centre for Work Health and Safety
  • Research on patient handling in aged care
  • Potential further research opportunities that align with our current programs of work
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