WHS STATS EVERY EMPLOYER SHOULD KNOW…
Did you know that the time lost per claim from workplace health and safety accidents has increased by 33% in the last 15 years?
And, that the amount of compensation payable per claim has increased by 30% from $5,200 to $6,800?
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Manufacturers and importers in most jurisdictions are required to label their hazardous chemicals in accordance with the international system used to classify and communicate chemical hazards.
Safe Work Australia CEO Michelle Baxter said a five-year transitional period gave chemical manufacturers and importers time to reclassify chemicals and implement necessary changes to labels and safety data sheets.
“To ease the burden on suppliers to re-label existing chemical stock, chemicals manufactured or imported before 1 January 2017 can continue to be supplied without needing to meet the new labelling requirements,” said Ms. Baxter.
She reminded chemical suppliers, manufacturers and employers with employees handling hazardous chemicals to contact their work health and safety regulator for more information on how GHS affects their work.
“WHS Regulators can provide on-the-ground advice, guidance, and information regarding, classifying, labelling and handling chemicals to ensure your workplace remains safe.”
October is Safe Work Month and NT WorkSafe is calling on all Territorians to get involved to raise awareness of workplace safety. The safety watchdog reminds workers and employers that it is everyone’s responsibility to help keep their workplace safe.
This year NT WorkSafe, the Small Business Safety Program and partner organisation Beyond Blue have organised free safety seminars and other activities in major regional centres across the Territory. Members of the public will get an opportunity to learn more about household gas safety and solar installations during these seminars.
For more information on how to take part in Safe Work Month visit NT WorkSafe website.
Construction industry profile – WorkSafe QLD
The construction industry has been identified as a priority for work health and safety by the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022(Australian strategy). This construction industry profile presents an overview of the main trends of workers’ injuries and fatalities in the Queensland construction industry.
- Around 11% of construction falls injuries were caused by ladders.
- There has been a 30% decrease in the rate of serious claims in the construction industry in the past five years.
- 22% of serious claims were for back injuries.
- There has been a 22% decrease in the rate of construction fatalities over the past five years.
- 13% of fatalities caused from falls from a height were from roofs and ladders and most of these involved falls of less than four metres.
The number of workers in the construction industry has decreased by nine per cent over the last five years. Within the construction industry, 78 per cent of workers were classed as employees and were covered by workers’ compensation schemes.
There have been significant reductions in the numbers and rates of injuries and fatalities in this industry over the same period. Nevertheless, the construction industry remains a high risk industry.
Latest data published shows the construction industry accounted for eight per cent of workers covered by Queensland workers’ compensation schemes but 12 per cent of workers compensation claims for injuries and diseases involving one or more weeks off work. It also accounted for 23 per cent of work-related fatalities.
Almost 3000 workers’ compensation claims are accepted from the construction industry each year for injuries and diseases involving one or more weeks off work. This equates to a massive 12 serious claims each work day.
Main causes of injury
- Hitting or being hit by an object 38%
- Body stressing 30%
- Falls, trips and slips 19%
Main causes of fatalities
- Vehicle incidents 35%
- Hitting or being hit by an object 30%
- Falls from a height 13%
For more information on this article, visit safeworkaustralia.gov.au.
- Last updated
- 02 August 2016
August is Tradies National Health Month, so it’s a good time to reflect on the priorities for health and safety management for this key industry sector.Frankly, the issue of tradies health and safety needs a lot of attention. According to data from Safe Work Australia, tradies are among the highest ranked sectors in regards to serious injury and disease compensation claims. Statistics have shown that 1 in 5 serious workplace injuries involve someone working as a tradie.
Safeguarding tradies’ health and safety involves three key groups of people:employers, physiotherapists and, of course, tradies themselves. Each of these groups has a unique role to play and neither can do the work alone. We want to focus on what each group can contribute to the health and safety of tradies’ work environment, why this work must be cooperative to be successful, and how to go about managing such a multi-layered health and safety strategy.