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We are committed to providing all staff and affiliates with a work environment that is physically safe and psychologically supportive. We hold strongly to our vision of Zero Harm, in which we protect the environment and our people go home safely each day with a sense of pride and achievement.
In 2013–14, our combined efforts resulted in 17 fewer staff suffering an injury serious enough to prevent them from coming to work. These injuries occurred at a rate of 3.4 per million hours worked (see Figure 3.1), 28 per cent lower than the 4.7 lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) of 2012–13. Such a significant reduction is testimony to the continued and dedicated effort of many of our people to live our CSIRO Values.
Figure 3.1: CSIRO lost time in frequency rate
Over the last several years musculoskeletal disorders have remained the most frequent cause of injury to our people. Although not life-threatening, these injuries are always painful and often debilitating. In 2013–14, 133 of our staff experienced an injury which required time off work or medical treatment, and 50 (38 per cent) of these occurred in an office environment (see Figure 3.2). In response, the Wellnomics computer work-pace and risk management software has been installed on all Windows computers, providing our people with a rich assessment of their computer use habits. The gathered data will inform the design of future interventions including those targeting repetitive-type activities.
Figure 3.2: CSIRO serious injury frequency rate
We are also focused on preventing injuries which are low frequency but have the potential to cause death or permanent disability. These high-potential incidents are typically reportable to Comcare. In 2013–14 there were 13 reportable incidents, down from 19 in 2012–13 (30 per cent reduction) (see Figure 3.3).
On 12 May 2014, Comcare issued CSIRO with an improvement notice under Section 19 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) related to possible exposure to dust potentially containing asbestos of three workers employed by a contractor.
Additionally there were no radiation or environmental incidents reportable to government regulators in 2013–14.
Figure 3.3: ComCare notifiable incidents
We hold strongly to our vision of Zero Harm, in which we protect the environment and our people go home safely each day with a sense of pride and achievement.
Our 2011–15 HSE Strategy includes several initiatives designed to improve our health, safety and environmental performance and progress our safety culture. During 2013–14, the following strategic initiatives were progressed:
1000+ leaders have completed HSE training for line managers.
2014–15 is the final year of this HSE Strategy and the focus in the next 12 months will primarily be upon fatality prevention, musculoskeletal disorders and the continued development of a culture in which health, safety and environmental risks are recognised by all staff and the ongoing management of these risks becomes entrenched in the way we approach our work and do business.
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Last updated: Last updated: 26 February 2015
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