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.
NSW is consistently the nation’s leading economy. Our workplaces are the engine room of our state’s economic success.
Key to this success is the need to embed a new ‘Health and Safety Landscape’ in workplaces across NSW. That requires a cultural shift in our state – entrenching the idea that work health and safety is the responsibility of each and every one of us. This is a key challenge for our state, presented by this Work Health and Safety Roadmap.
The Roadmap demonstrates SafeWork NSW’s commitment to ‘right touch’ regulatory approaches through collaboration, innovation and expertise. It is also an example of the NSW Government’s reform agenda: protecting workers from harm whilst increasing the competitiveness and confidence of business.
With a greater focus on innovation and data analytics, SafeWork NSW will be empowered to lead the nation as a smarter and more targeted work health and safety regulator.
This Roadmap outlines a range of initiatives all aimed at making the lives of workers and business owners healthier, safer and more productive. The Government can’t do this alone – it is a responsibility of all of us.
I want to thank all those who have had input into this important process and I encourage you to come on this journey and help us meet the challenges ahead.
Hon. Victor Dominello MP
Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation
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The Work Health and Safety Roadmap for NSW 2022 is a six year strategy for NSW. The Roadmap was launched in August 2016 and following a review to determine its continued relevance, it has been updated in August 2018.
Our aims are to protect against harm, reduce unnecessary compliance costs and secure safety standards. In our first 12 months, we have consulted widely with stakeholders to agree a path towards our shared vision of healthy, safe and productive lives.
Here we set out the ‘Roadmap’ that shows the way forward not only for SafeWork NSW, but for every stakeholder, employer and worker in NSW. This collaborative agreement, which keeps safety simple while focusing on the important issues, is a first for our state.
It calls out the critical elements at the heart of a Health and Safety Landscape:
- committed leadership
- good safety practices
- safe design and supply chains
- skilled workers who look out for each other.
By establishing a clear vision, action areas and targets, the Roadmap is focusing on reducing harms that cause the greatest risk to health and safety while supporting ease to do and stay in business in NSW.