The theme of the final week of National Safe Work Month is safe and healthy work for all.
Safe Work Australia says: Australia is a world leader in WHS. Unfortunately, workers and others continue to be injured at and by work, sometimes fatally. To make further gains, we need to ensure that WHS is core to how we do business in Australia. This week we look at the future of work, changing patterns and ways of working including the rise of automation, changes to work organisation and the emergence of new forms of work that will create both opportunities and complexities for Australia’s WHS system.
Safe Work Australia has published a Safer, healthier, wealthier report that explores the costs of workplace injury and illness to the Australian economy.
Using an innovative modelling approach, the report estimates how much value could be created within the Australian economy by removing work-related injury and illness entirely. Findings from the study demonstrate the broad economic benefits that can be realised with better work health and safety, including more jobs and better pay.
Week 4 of National Safe Work Month also looks to the future of work, changing patterns and ways of working and the emergence of new forms of work that will create both opportunities and complexities for Australia’s WHS system.
Hybrid work that involves time spent working in the workplace and remotely has become a popular arrangement since the onset of Covid 19, when many people were forced to work from home.
However, while hybrid work creates many opportunities for employees, it also presents new challenges for employers.
Ai Group has resources to help you manage these challenges, addressing both WHS issues and workplace relations considerations.
Many of the resources provided in our previous Safe Work Month blogs are also relevant to this topic.
Safe Work Australia has these resources:
While hybrid work is front of mind at the moment, are you seeing any other new and future issues in your business? Let me know!
Tracey is Ai Group's National Manager of Safety and Workers Compensation Policy. She has a strong understanding of harmonised WHS laws, jurisdictional based variations, and non-harmonised OHS laws in Australia, as well as workers' compensation expertise in multiple Australian jurisdictions. Tracey has a strong understanding and skills in workers' compensation premium management in multiple Australian jurisdictions and is an excellent trainer, with a passion for sharing knowledge on workers' compensation schemes and building practical skills in effective management of claims and return to work.