New good work de­sign hand­book on­line

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

SAFE WORK Aus­tralia has launched a new hand­book to help busi­nesses meet their obli­ga­tions un­der the work health and safety laws, re­duce worker in­jury rates, and im­prove their pro­duc­tiv­ity and bot­tom line.

Safe Work Aus­tralia Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Michelle Bax­ter said that that well-de­signed, healthy and safe work al­lowed work­ers to have more pro­duc­tive lives, which in turn drives busi­ness ef­fi­ciency.

“Prin­ci­ples of Good Work De­sign shows busi­nesses how to go about de­sign­ing out haz­ards be­fore a worker gets in­jured, which de­liv­ers tan­gi­ble sav­ings by avoid­ing the costs as­so­ci­ated with in­ci­dents that re­sult from poor work de­sign prac­tices,” she ex­plained.

“It is of­ten eas­ier and more cost­ef­fec­tive to ad­dress haz­ards and risks dur­ing the plan­ning and de­sign stage. This ap­plies to the places we work in, the things we use at work, as well as to how we de­sign or­gan­i­sa­tional struc­tures, roles and tasks.”

A Safe Work Aus­tralia ini­tia­tive un­der the Aus­tralian Work Health and Safety Strat­egy 2012–2022 and led by Com­care and WorkCover Queens­land, the hand­book con­tains in­for­ma­tion about the ten prin­ci­ples of good work de­sign and how they can be ap­plied to any work­place, busi­ness or in­dus­try.

Prin­ci­ples of Good Work De­sign is a ‘liv­ing’ elec­tronic doc­u­ment that will be up­dated reg­u­larly with links to case stud­ies and prac­ti­cal ex­am­ples from busi­nesses that have suc­cess­fully ap­plied the good work de­sign prin­ci­ples.

“The hand­book com­ple­ments a range of ex­ist­ing re­sources avail­able to busi­nesses and work health and safety pro­fes­sion­als,” said Ms Bax­ter.

“Fail­ure to con­sider how work is de­signed can re­sult in poor risk man­age­ment and lost op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­no­vate and im­prove the ef­fec­tive­ness and ef­fi­ciency of work. Good work de­sign can rad­i­cally trans­form the work­place in ways that ben­e­fit the busi­ness, work­ers and clients.”

Prin­ci­ples of Good Work De­sign is avail­able on the Safe Work Aus­tralia web­site.

Safe Work Aus­tralia Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Michelle Bax­ter

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