New campaign to make NSW the safest state to work in Australia …

A new $ 3.2 million campaign which aims to make NSW the safest state to work in Australia has been launched.

The campaign, “Safety starts with you” was developed as a response to the alarming statistics about workplace injuries and illnesses in NSW.

There were 30,902 major workplace injuries and illnesses and 60 fatalities in 2015/16 alone. The economic burden of workplace injuries in the state is estimated to be at $ 17.3 billion, or 3.7 percent of gross state product.

SafeWork NSW executive director, Peter Dunphy said more work needs to be done to improve workplace health and safety.

“Since 2005, there has been a 49 percent drop in the number of workplace fatalities in NSW, and a 39 percent reduction in serious injuries and illnesses,” he said.

“However, the current figures are still unacceptably high.

“Anyone with a job in this state has the right to a safe and healthy workplace, and whether you are an employer or a worker, and regardless of your industry, occupation or background, workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility.”

The campaign’s full tagline is ‘No matter what you do, safety starts with you’.

As part of the campaign, SafeWork will launch a new free ‘Safe’ app that helps identify and resolve safety issues in a workplace. Users will be able to create teams; raise, discuss and resolve safety issues; and attach photos.

“I urge businesses and workers across the state to get involved in the campaign and think about how they can create safety culture in their workplace,” said Mr. Dunphy.

The campaign is a result of SafeWork’s Work Health and Safety Roadmap for NSW 2022, which aims to reduce workplace fatalities by 20 percent and serious injuries and illnesses by 30 percent.

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