Action area two

Focus on key priority areas

The Roadmap 2022’s second Action Area focusses on key priority areas where the most significant work health and safety risks exist. Consultation across the NSW Government sector and with key stakeholders identified these key high risk areas and harms. This Sector Plan addresses these issues in NSW Government workplaces through the following specific Action Area II objectives and deliverables.

ObjectiveDeliverables

Fatal and high consequence risks

Fatal and high consequence risks are identified and mitigated

Each agency has:

  • a clear and ongoing process that identifies fatal and high consequence risks and eliminates or  controls them (in particular falls from heights; quad   bikes and forklifts; “working live” electric shocks/electrocutions; traumatic injury from poorly guarded machinery)
  • procurement processes that take into account fatal and high consequence risks
  • processes in place to ensure changes to the work environment include consultation with impacted workers and subject matter experts to identify and   eliminate/control fatal and high consequence risks
  • a Major Incident Management plan in place to manage fatal or high consequence incidents like major fires or injuries, terrorism alerts, bomb threats

Enable a mentally healthy workplace environment

Each agency to minimise harm and identify opportunities for safe healthy and productive working environments

Each agency will:

  • in consultation with workers, put in place the relevant initiatives outlined in the NSW Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy 2018–20225
  • have an integrated approach to prevention and management of mental health in the workplace including policies that support strong return to work practices for workers with mental health illnesses or injuries
  • test the effectiveness of the above initiatives in consultation with workers

Slips, trips, falls

Incidence of slips, trips, and falls reduced

  • Each agency follows a clear and ongoing process that identifies slips, trips, and falls risks, assesses them, and puts in place prioritised actions to eliminate or reduce them

Musculoskeletal disorders

Serious musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses effectively controlled

Each agency has:

  • a clear and onging process that identifies Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) risks, assesses them, and puts in place prioritised actions to eliminate or reduce these risks
  • procurement processes that take into account MSD implications
  • processes in place to ensure changes to the work environment include consultation with impacted people and subject matter experts to identify and eliminate/reduce MSD risks

Workplace bullying

Each agency to address workplace bullying

  • Each agency demonstrates the adoption of the principles from the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) Positive and Productive Workplaces guide, including:
  • the adoption of a robust plan for the prevention of bullying, where:
    • a clear set of values and appropriate behaviour expectations is adopted throughout each workplace – including clear language on what constitutes bullying and other unreasonable behaviour;
    • data and evidence are used to identify problem areas; and
    • early intervention actively occurs with respect to bullying and other unacceptable behaviours
  • active leadership engagement which demonstrates their due diligence requirements in managing workplace bullying
  • the implementation and supervision of workplace policies and procedures that ensure timely resolution

Client and public violence

Incidence of client and public violence significantly reduced

  • The NSW Government will implement a cross agency approach to address the issue of client and public violence
  • Each agency to demonstrate that:
    • initiatives are in place to ensure: all incidents are reported; investigations are robust; and support and action is appropriate
    • risks have been identified and assessed, and that prioritised actions are in place to eliminate or reduce these risks
    • any changes to the work environment are actively reviewed with affected workers and subject matter experts
    • leaders are informed, educated and trained in their legal rights and obligations
    • leaders understand and are aware of the relevant risk and control measures
    • post incident review processes are in place

Fatigue

Impact of fatigue significantly reduced

Each agency has a clear and ongoing process that identifies fatigue risks, assesses them, and puts in place prioritised actions to eliminate or reduce them. In particular:

  • high risk workers are identified (chain of responsibility issues are considered as well as contractors, shift workers, secondary and private employment, emergency response, long distance commuting)
  • technology risks (workers always being “connected” to work) are identified – and solutions are put in place

Hazardous chemicals

Hazards of workplace chemicals are well communicated and worker exposures reduced

Each agency has:

  • a clear and ongoing process that identifies risks from hazardous chemicals (short and long term) and eliminates or controls them.
  • procurement processes that take into account risks from hazardous chemicals
  • processes in place to ensure changes to the work environment include consultation with impacted workers and subject matter experts to identify and eliminate/control risks from hazardous chemicals
  • processes and policies in place that ensure Globally Harmonised System (GHS) hazard communication, consultation and training

Ageing work infrastructure

Risks posed by ageing work infrastructure are addressed

Each agency:

  • has implemented their Asbestos Management Plan(s)
  • identifies and addresses ergonomic risks, and falls risks, from ageing workplaces
  • assesses and improves workplace security issues that arise from poor design

5. http://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/health-and-safety/safety-topics-a-z/mental-health

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