Australia has a long and proud history of manufacturing. Stronger in southeastern states like Victoria and South Australia, manufacturing has seen a decline in recent years. The broader manufacturing division includes 15 sub-divisions, such as fabricated metal product, food product and chemical product manufacturing. Manufacturing employs about 8% of the national workforce. In 2013-14, the industry accounted for 12% of serious injury claims.
In 2013-14, 15 serious incidents occurred in manufacturing per 1,000 employees, compared to the national average of 10. Whilst the industry is seeing an increase in automation, this means the types of hazards are changing, rather than their risk decreasing.
Preparing for this changing aspect of work is simple for those that tackle the issue up front. Simple steps include:
- consider the practice and its associated risks in organisation and safety strategic planning
- think about those working from home when planning for emergencies
- provide workers with targeted training to identify and manage their home-based hazards
- including working from home in business management systems, such as policies, procedures and hazard inspection/checklists
Heinrichs Safety can assist you with each of these measures. Together we can prepare your business to deal with the changing practices of Australian workers. Sensible planning allows you to reap the rewards without being exposed to additional risk.