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Priority industries

The following broad industry groups have been identified as national priorities for prevention activities. These are:

  • agriculture
  • road transport
  • manufacturing
  • construction
  • accommodation and food services
  • public administration and safety, and
  • health care and social assistance.

In 2012, these industries were found to have high numbers and rates of injury and/or fatalities, or were by their nature hazardous. The national industry priorities focus attention and activities on identifying the cause of injury and illness and on working to find and implement solutions.

In order to focus attention on areas that require the greatest improvement, relevant sub sectors from within these broad industry groups will be chosen by jurisdictions during specified periods during the life of the Australian Strategy.

The agriculture and road freight transport industries will be the focus of efforts in all jurisdictions during the first five years of the Australian Strategy to reduce the high numbers of fatalities in these industries.

Priority conditions

The following work-related conditions categories are identified as national priorities. They have been chosen based on the severity of consequences for workers, the number of workers estimated to be affected, and the existence of known prevention options.

The priority work-related conditions are:

  • musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
  • mental health conditions
  • cancers (including skin cancer and asbestos-related cancers)
  • occupational lung diseases
  • contact dermatitis, and
  • noise-induced hearing loss.

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