Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–22 2012 NMIT OHS Diploma Class – summary of suggestions

1. Incentives for certified safety management systems (ie premium relief, or as a minimum, a list of all organisations currently certified by as4801 or SafetyMap should be listed on SWA website as a marketing opportunity)

2. PPIs are always encouraged in theory, it is important that PPIs be developed for this plan in order to monitor and evaluate the implementation. At the business level, the lead from this plan could then be taken. Ideally, PPIs (and lag indicators) could be carried through to the organisational level – if there were some generic measures and benchmarks that organisations could also use. The benchmarks may need to be industry based. Development of this tool could be one of the implementation activities. The plan states that performance indicators will be developed 3 years into the plan, how do we measure the performance in the first 3 years. Current measures listed are all lag indicators.

3. Regulatory Bodies – It was agreed that there is a general culture of ‘fear’ amongst organisations. They don’t want to contact WorkSafe and don’t want to share their OHS information because they are worried they might be found out for non-compliance. It was suggested that there should be 2 arms of WorkSafe – advisory and compliance. The advisory arm (consistently across all states) should do more work in the areas of:

a. providing customisable online induction and training packages at no cost (particularity for small business)

b. providing photos and videos that could be used as part of training (along the lines of safetyline WA)

c. providing training programs for CEOs and ensuring management courses include a serious amount of OHS related subject matter

d. filtering OHS training information into schools

e. providing benchmarks and assistance with performance measuring, perhaps templates of how a summary monthly /annual report could look

f. providing surveys to measure safety culture – this could allow organisations to measure against the same criteria, then compare to live benchmarks. Rather than all developing their own surveys, this would make more sense and help with the creation of country -wide culture benchmarks and PPIs for the overall plan

g. providing generic OHS Management systems that could be customised

h. assistance on how to shift ohs culture If this is not done by WorkSafe, perhaps SafeWork Australia could provide some of this information / assistance

4. Consultation – the document did not tell us what consultation had been done to get the plan to this stage – this should be included, as should the stakeholders involved so far. Those who contribute to the public comment should also be listed on the plan. Also, what is the consultation process from here to implementation? There is still a lot of work to be done, and consultation should continue – ie action plan, resource allocation, performance measures. Have industry bodies been/we be involved? We can’t tell from the document

5. Harmonisation – There is nothing in the plan to address what should be done to achieve harmonisation, this should be included

6. Small Business – the plan suggests less red tape for small business, but the requirements suggest the opposite, this needs to be carefully considered – ie point 3 above. Perhaps a scheme could be implemented where Large businesses are given incentive to take on small business partners to assist them with OHS (use of OHS specialists, documentation, shared training etc)

7. Funding – there is nothing in the plan about where resources to implement this plan are coming from. It is difficult to assess the value of the document without knowing some budget information. How much money, where is it coming from, how much cost to general business etc

8. Capture OHS as a need early – perhaps at the time of registering a business, there should be a requirement for a particular level of training by the director of that business

9. Review Period – suggest that 5 years is too long between reviews

10. Design – with regards to ohs duties, how can designers reduce their liability after modifications made by a third party – this needs addressing

11. There is no reference to where the incident rates and figures were sourced from.

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One thought on “Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–22 2012 NMIT OHS Diploma Class – summary of suggestions

  1. Your post has lots of excellent information about safety management system. Safety management system is very helpful for business organizations to manage health related issues. Thanks for sharing your informative post.

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