Manufacturing work health and safety sector plan by NSW SafeWork 


On Wednesday, May 9th at National Manufacturing Week 2018, the Minister for Innovation, Matt Kean, launched the Manufacturing WHS Sector Plan, a key deliverable of the SafeWork NSW Work Health and Safety Roadmap for NSW 2022.

SafeWork Director for Metropolitan Operations & Sector Initiatives, Elizabeth Tosti, said the Sector Plan represents a collaborative agreement between SafeWork NSW and industry that will drive and influence safety improvements across the state. The tools developed as part of this plan will be applicable to both small and large businesses.

“This launch marks the beginning of an exciting five-year journey that we are taking with industry,” she said.

“Through this collaboration, we have set out a clear direction for manufacturing safety that shows the way forward. With strong leadership from the top, we are confident this will be a successful program of work with benefits for all levels of industry.”

By providing leaders, and those who influence change, with the tools they need to set the highest possible standards, we can all reduce serious injuries and foster a workforce that looks out for each other.

According to Mr. Kean, manufacturing is one of the state’s highest risk industries, and employs more than 240,000 workers.

“The manufacturing sector is one of the state’s most significant industries, producing a wide range of goods and injecting thousands of vital jobs into the economy,” Mr. Kean said.

“However, from July 2013 to July 2016 there were almost 41,000 workers compensation claims, and tragically there were 24 fatalities.”

Claims of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities also cost the compensation system $558 million over the same period.

“The rate of injury remains far too high, and that’s exactly why we’re launching a new safety plan to help protect every worker across this important sector,” Mr. Kean said.

Mr. Kean said SafeWork NSW would kick-start the plan alongside manufacturing businesses, employers, workers, industry associations, and worker representatives.

“Together they will explore ideas and opportunities for simple and practical safety solutions that reduce or eliminate the most common types of injuries,” Mr. Kean said.

This will include workgroups to guide industry in managing key risks, developing tools like manuals and fact sheets to make compliance simpler, as well as forklift and machine safety blitz’s to ensure workplaces have proper safeguards in place.

“Our priority is to make sure every worker who heads off to work in the morning, returns home safely to their family each night,” Mr Kean said.

 View a copy of the plan.





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