Survey to improve workplace safety in NSW

30-03-2010

NSW Minister for Finance Michael Daley has launched a new resource for employers to identify attitudes to safety in NSW workplaces.

Mr Daley said the WorkCover NSW Safety Culture Survey will allow businesses to identify and measure the work health and safety culture within their own organisations.

“The survey is a ‘health check’ for employers that allows them to gain an insight into the safety behaviour within their workplaces and identify any gaps,” he said.

“The safety culture within a workplace impacts on all areas of a business, from productivity to work health and safety performance, absenteeism and staff morale.

“The survey, developed by WorkCover's Manufacturing Industry Reference Group in consultation with industry, will act as a starting point for businesses to develop strong safety habits,” Mr Daley said.

The Safety Culture Survey includes a questionnaire covering training and supervision, work procedures, OHS consultation, management commitment to safety, injury management and return to work issues.

The survey includes a spreadsheet for businesses to review the results of their questionnaires and to prioritise areas that need improvement.

Mr Daley said the survey results would help employers identify the strengths and weaknesses of their workplaces.

The Safety Culture Survey and the Serious about Safe Business Pack is available from www.workcover.nsw.gov.au or by calling 13 10 50.

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