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Work Health and Safety campaign program

Comcare uses a range of strategies to address priority areas identified for regulatory action. Action is undertaken through planned campaigns that intend to treat the risk by influencing long-term behaviour change. Campaigns may target Comcare's capability towards those who do not get the health and safety message, to areas that present as emerging risk, or to areas of opportunity.

Work health and safety campaigns are useful for reaching relatively large numbers of workplaces quickly to reduce harm or promote health and well-being. Comcare impacts behaviour by: informing; inspiring; motivating; and educating.

Campaign effort is usually divided into:

  • Headline campaigns—these are high profile and larger scale commitments for the whole year.
  • Targeted regulatory campaigns—these are more directed efforts targeting specific risks and specific workplaces and may comprise shorter timeframes.  Comcare maintains some capacity to respond to emerging issues during the year.

During the 2015–16 campaign cycle, Comcare's areas of focus are:

Headline campaigns:

  • Safety in design—safe design refers to the integration of hazard identification and risk assessment methods early in the design process to eliminate or minimise the risks of injury.
  • Globally Harmonized Systems—the GHS harmonises criteria for the ready classification and understanding of physical, health and environmental hazards.
  • Supply chains and networks—the potential exists for work health and safety outcomes to be affected either positively or negatively by the commercial influence of parties within the chain.

Targeted regulatory campaigns:

  • Musculoskeletal injury—seeks to reduce harm to workers in the jurisdiction by raising awareness of the sources of risk.
  • Young workers—seeks to reduce harm to young workers in the jurisdiction by focusing on empowerment and ownership of risk.
  • Managing fatigue—the prevention of fatigue-related harm in federal workplaces is based on the identification, mitigation and management of risk associated with fatigue.
  • Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces—promoting simple, practical, and tailored workplace mental health resources from across the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance
Page last updated: 18 Jul 2016