The National Occupational Health and Safety Strategy 2002-2012 (National OHS Strategy) set national targets for the reduction in workplace injuries. The target was set at a 40 per cent reduction in workplace injury over the 10-year period.
This target was certainly ambitious. In fact, when Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA) first set out to achieve this target it was unclear whether it would be achievable.
For the past 10 years, PACIA has been tracking the health and safety performance of the Australian chemicals and plastics industry against the National OHS Strategy target.
The data in this year’s ‘PACIA Health and Safety Performance Report 2012’ demonstrate the industry has not only met, but exceeded, the National OHS Strategy target.
This is a tremendous achievement. It reflects the industry’s capability, dedication and strong leadership in continuously improving health and safety. It is also an important part of the industry’s broader sustainability efforts, with health and safety identified as a key priority area in the PACIA Sustainability Leadership Framework and Responsible Care program.
The PACIA Health and Safety Performance Report is unique in terms of industry-wide reporting of health and safety in Australia. More importantly, it helps demonstrate to external stakeholders that this is a responsible industry.
In the 2012 report, PACIA took the opportunity to highlight some individual success stories, and outline practical and innovative management initiatives implemented by reporting companies. This is an important and valuable way of profiling leaders as well as supporting companies through shared learnings.
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry congratulates the industry on its achievement, and strongly encourage others to do the same.
For more information visit the PACIA website.