A national workplace hazard survey which targeted the health and community services industries, found that most workers are given some form of control to reduce the risk of workplace injury.
The National Hazard Exposure Worker Surveillance (NHEWs) survey conducted by the Australian Safety and Commission Council is the first survey of its type.
The council’s Chairman, Bill Scales said that although the overall findings are encouraging, some workers reported that their employers had no controls in place for managing riskd.
“This is not acceptable,” said Mr Scales. It is everybody’s right to be safe and healthy at work and all employers need to review their approach to these important issues.”
The survey was based on telephone interviews with 1900 workers from five priority industries, including health and community services, construction, manufacturing, and agriculture, forestry and fishing and transport and service.
The council has also produced a handbook on minimising the risk of workplace hazards.
It can be obtained by logging on to the council’s website at ascc.gov.au