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CSIRO is committed to the health and safety of its staff and recognises the importance of positive interventions aimed at improving staff wellbeing.
CSIRO acknowledges its responsibilities under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and seeks to exceed these in striving to achieve its vision of Zero Harm.
CSIRO has implemented a governance framework to ensure it can deliver upon its responsibilities and a summary of performance and compliance with this Act is provided below.
CSIRO’s Health, Safety, Environmental Sustainability and Community Policy reflects our commitment to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our staff, visitors and the communities in which we work. This policy outlines what CSIRO will do in striving toward Zero Harm.
CSIRO’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Management Standard describes the mandatory performance requirements for the management of health, safety and environmental risks, and is applicable to all CSIRO staff, sites and facilities.
CSIRO’s Health, Safety and Environment Procedures provide mandatory requirements for achieving the intent of our Policy and Management Standard.
Health and Safety across CSIRO.
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These procedures detail the responsibilities of our Senior Leaders, Managers and Staff for ensuring risks arising from our work are eliminated or minimised.
CSIRO has adopted a continuous improvement of our procedures and in 2012–13 the following procedures were developed or revised:
CSIRO’s Health, Safety and Environment Guidelines accompany many of our procedures, providing our staff with examples of recommended best practice and helpful tools to enable them to effectively meet the requirements of our governance framework.
The 2011 to 2015 Health and Safety Strategy outlines initiatives that will improve CSIRO’s health and safety performance and progress its safety culture. During 2012–13, the following strategic initiatives were delivered:
Other significant enterprise initiatives delivered in 2012–13 include a review of controls for the operation of quad bikes and a review of asbestos controls and registers across all sites.
CSIRO is required to report each year on injuries that occur in the course of its business and which result in lost time or require medical treatment, see Figures 3.1 and 3.2.
Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 CSIRO is required to report notifiable incidents (under section 38). A notifiable incident is classified as ‘…the death of a person; or serious injury or illness of a person; or a dangerous incident’.
In 2012–13 there were 19 Comcare Notifiable Incidents reported during the year (three serious incidents and 16 dangerous incidents) see Figure 3.3.
Total serious injuries (LTIs and MTIs)
Lost time injury frequency rate
Number of notifiable incidents
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Last updated: Last updated: 27 May 2015
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