Taking Safety Seriously
A systematic approach to managing workplace risks in the nsw public sector \u2013 policy and guidelines
GPO Box 5341
Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Place
Sydney NSW 2000
The second edition of Taking Safety Seriously was coordinated by Cathy Nolan, Principal Project Officer, supported by Jacqueline Davies, Project Officer, of the Review and Reform Division, NSW Premier\u2019s Department.
The policy and guidelines were developed by Colleen Harris and Steve Lynch of ErgoFit Pty Ltd and edited by Catherine Crittenden of Crittenden Consulting. Design and layout by Allison Manwaring of the Review and Reform Division, NSW Premier\u2019s Department.
In addition, feedback from the following agencies and organisations was much appreciated: WorkCover Authority of NSW, Department of Education, Department of Health, NSW Police, HomeCare Service of NSW, Royal Botanical Gardens and Domain Trust, Department of Community Services, Environment Protection Authority, Public Sector Management Office (Premier\u2019s Department), The Treasury, NSW Fire Brigades, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Corrective Services, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Treasury Managed Fund, Department of Public Works and Services, Labor Council, Public Service Association of NSW, New South Wales Nurses\u2019 Association and NSW Teachers Federation.
This approach is in accordance with NSW Government policy and the amendments to the NSW occupational health and safety and workers compensation legislation promulgated in 2001. This booklet contains the policy and guidelines, which will assist public sector agencies to understand their roles and responsibilities under these changes.
In addition, implementation of the policy and guidelines will assist the NSW Government sector towards achieving the minimum national targets set by the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission. These are a 20% reduction in workplace fatalities and a 40% reduction in workplace injuries by 30 June 2012, with half that achieved by 30 June 2007.
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