To all ESRs out there, thank you for participating in our annual survey!
As usual we got some great information from your responses to our annual ESR survey. So here is a snapshot of what you said!
The New Act
78% of ESRs knew that new Work Health and Safety legislation was on its was in January 2013. There are some significant changes with the new legislation and to help you understand them we have attached some material form Safe Work Australia.
Only 63% of respondent said that incidents/ near misses and hazards were being reported. Workplaces that don’t ensure and encourage reporting are running a risky business. Just because the managers don’t know doesn’t mean the workplace is safe. Not reporting gives a false message about health and safety and ultimately puts workers at risk. ESRs can play a very active role in encouraging and supporting workers to report hazardous situations.
Only 79% of respondents reported that workers compensation forms were readily available in the workplace. It is a legal requirement for workplace to make available Workers Compensation forms.
The top ten hazards you’re facing!
Respondents reported the presence of numerous hazards in the workplace. Here is just the top ten.
- Hazardous Chemicals – 76%
- Working alone – 73%
- Fatigue - 69%
- Repetitive work – 66%
- Long working hours – 64%
- Hazardous Manual Tasks 63%
- Shiftwork 59%
- Noise – 59%
- Bullying - 44%
We will have more information coming your way shortly!