Members were pleased that the mid-term review found the Strategy is delivering against its stated purpose and progress against the three targets to reduce work-related fatalities and injuries is on track.
After considering the 14 findings of the review, Members agreed to focus on three key areas to ensure that the Strategy continues to be effective.
Efforts will focus on:
- undertaking detailed analysis of the causes and controls of work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses, with an initial focus on the agriculture industry and musculoskeletal disorders
- exploring the feasibility of national lead indicators to support improved workplace performance measurement and reporting, and
- developing effective information sharing and improved coordination of activities implemented under the Strategy.
Members also agreed to make minor changes to the language in the Strategy including:
- renaming ‘priority disorders’ to ‘priority conditions’, and
- incorporating explicit reference to workplace bullying, harassment and occupational violence.
Members are confident that these changes and focus areas will ensure the Strategy continues to guide the achievement of improvements in work health and safety outcomes over the next five years.
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An updated version of the Strategy will be available shortly.