A five-year plan to make Queensland safer has been developed by the state’s peak advisory board on work health and safety.
The Work Health and Safety Board has identified four main focus areas, with an emphasis on embracing innovation and technology, designing healthy and safe work, fostering a culture of health and safety, and regulating effectively.
“The plan reflects fresh and contemporary thinking, with close consideration to current and emerging global trends and their impact on work health and safety across government, industry, workplaces and community,” Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said.
The Board, made up of representatives from employer associations, trade unions and academia, developed a five year plan in response to the recommendations of the Best Practice Review into Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.
The development of the five year strategic plan is one of 58 recommendations of the Best Practice Review into Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.
Ms Grace said that 90 per cent of the recommendations were fully implemented or well advanced.
The Five Year Strategic Plan for Work Health and Safety in Queensland can be viewed here.
It follows Queensland Parliament last year passing the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (Qld) (Bill), which introduced new industrial manslaughter provisions and other amendments to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld) (WHS Act).
The Bill was in response to the independent Best Practice Review of Work Health and Safety in Queensland conducted by former Assistant Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions Tim Lyons.