National OHS Strategy target measurement
The National OHS Strategy 2002-2012 provides the framework for collective efforts to improve Australia's work health and safety performance. The Strategy sets national targets to reduce the incidence of work-related injury fatalities by at least 20% and to reduce the incidence of workplace injury (including musculoskeletal disorders) by at least 40% by 30 June 2012. Interim targets to be achieved by 30 June 2007 were to reduce work related fatalities by 10% and to reduce workplace injury by 20%. In addition, there is an aspirational goal to have the lowest fatality rate in the world by by 2009.
In an effort to reduce the number of work-related injuries, Safe Work Australia is focussing on reducing the number of injuries due to:
- manual handling (body stressing)
- falls, and
- being hit by or hitting an object.
Under the National OHS Strategy 2002-2012, five industries were identified to receive priority attention:
- Agriculture, forestry & fishing industry
- Health & community services
- Manufacturing, and
- Transport & storage industries
Priority Industries Information Sheet