Injury reduction a chief concern

Reducing the number of injuries has proved to be the chief OH&S concern among Australian companies, according to a new survey.

Reducing the number of injuries has proved to be the chief occupational health, safety (OH&S) and risk management concern among Australian companies, according to a survey conducted by ComOps.

More than 300 attendees at last month’s Safety Show in Sydney took part in the ComOps survey specially commissioned for the event.

Risk management and avoiding legal proceedings were also key concerns for more than 80% of those surveyed.

According to ComOps, the survey revealed that companies are highly concerned about a wide range of OHS issues including legal, claims and compliance related activities, environmental management, plant and equipment management, employee health, training and productivity and policies and procedures.

“The growth in interest in OH&S and risk management systems is being driven by the realisation that good OH&S and risk practices are not only a compliance requirement,” ComOps Sales Director – Australian workplace software Moshe Woods said.

“They reduce an organisation’s exposure to costly litigation and they contribute to the bottom line through improved productivity.

“This is what is causing a growing number of organisations to insist on rigorous OH&S and risk compliance measures both internally and amongst partners up and down the supply chain.”

While issues relating to auditing, monitoring and management of OH&S and risk activities were often mentioned as being of particular concern by more than 60% of companies surveyed, many organisations said they still struggle with their reporting, using a mixture of systems and practices.

The survey also found that many companies acknowledge that a single, common approach to OH&S would be beneficial, with close to almost one third of the organisations (31%) saying that they intend to implement an OH&S and risk management system. Two thirds of these organisations are looking to act within the year.

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