Safe Work Australia participates in a range of international activities. In line with the National OHS Strategy 2002-2012, Safe Work Australia undertakes these activities to improve communication with relevant national and international research bodies and improve national and international outcomes in work health and safety and workers' compensation.
Safe Work Australia also participates in and facilitates visits to Australia from international organisations and government delegations seeking to exchange information about current work health and safety policy and practice.
Australia is a signatory to a number of international conventions (an international agreement between countries established through consensus) relating to work health and safety policy. Some of the international organisations that Safe Work Australia works with include:
- The United Nations
- International Labour Organization
- The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
- World Health Organization (especially the Network of WHO Collaborating Centres in Occupational Health)
- European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
- Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
- Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation , and
- International Organization for Standardization
XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work
CEO Rex Hoy recently travelled with Julie Hill, Director of Data and Analysis and Peta Miller, Director of National Strategy to Istanbul, Turkey to attend the XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work. Safe Work Australia successfully hosted a symposium on the work health and safety harmonisation process and presented a poster on the evaluation of the National Strategy. The Congress was considered to be the largest gathering of health and safety experts in the history of the Congress. Some 5,400 participants from more than 140 countries attended the Congress.
Rex, Julie and Peta also visited the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU OSHA) in Bilbao, Spain and the Abu Dhabi Environment, Health and Safety Center (EHS Center).
Mr Rex Hoy
CEO, Safe Work Australia
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Ms Toula Papadopoulos
Advisor - Work Health, Safety & Compensation Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)
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Mr John Watson
General Manager, Work Health and Safety Division WorkCover NSW
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