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    Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012 – 2022

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    Healthy safe and productive working lives. Let’s look at what our government has been saying since 2002 and how we can leverage off this when addressing the requirements of ISO 45001 OHS Management Standard.

    Back in 2002, the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry endorsed the National OHS Strategy to provide a framework for a broad range of national activities to improve the health and safety of workers in Australia. This was replaced by the ‘Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012 – 2022’.

    The ‘Australian Strategy’ promotes the vision of healthy, safe and productive working lives and sets four outcomes to be achieved by 2022 (2022 Outcomes).

    1. Reduction in work related deaths, injuries and illness

    2. Reduced exposure to hazards and risks

    3. Improved hazard controls

    4. Improved health and safety infrastructure


    ISO 45001: 2018 OHS management standard

    After many years in development we now have a global safety standard; ISO 45001 OHS Management Standard. This standard demands a structured approach to planning and delivery of safety across and imbedded within an organisation.

    As Australian organisations what better place to start than reviewing g our government 2012 - 2022 ‘Australian Strategy’ and your own business risk management strategy in order to set effective OHS objectives.

    Strategic outcomes are clearly articulated in the ‘Australian Strategy’ page 9 and are worth a read.

    Take these, your own strategic risks and consider the following example when developing your OHS objectives in compliance with ISO 45001: 2018.

    OHS objectives and planning to achieve them – ISO 45001 Annexure A.6.2

    The purpose of OHS objectives is to measure OHS performance with an aim of continually improving workplace safety performance. Objectives should reflect the organisations OHS risk management strategy, focusing on risk mitigation and the intended safety outcomes of the OHS management system.

    OHS objectives can and should be integrated into all of business and functions rather than stand alone.

    Measuring objectives can be a matter of statistical analysis of a quantitative nature [number of toolbox meetings] etc, or qualitative [content of toolbox meetings adds value to safety performance], or preferably a mixture of both. Other measures might include investment in training, observations, audits, inspections, or the standard lost time injuries, etc.