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John Watson

  1. 1. Keynote Address: A regulator’s approach to work health and safety in 2013 John Watson - General Manager, Work Health and Safety Division, WorkCover NSW 1
  2. 2. 2 2 • Working in partnership with industry • Increasing focus on customer needs • Working closely with other jurisdictions • Combined role as regulator of work health and safety, and workers compensation • Assisting business with work health and safety, injury management and return to work obligations WorkCover NSW
  3. 3. 3 3 • National OHS Strategy 2002-2012 • Safe Work Australia - Strategic Issues Group • Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities • Delivering advisory services in conjunction with Victoria and Queensland • NSW Cross Border Commissioner National Harmonisation
  4. 4. 4 4 Changing role of WorkCover Greater focus on: • Providing guidance and support • Building business capability • Businesses managing health and safety • Influencing improved health, safety and return to work behaviours and practices
  5. 5. 5 5 Strategic Operating Model • Risk based approach • Focus on prevention of targeted illnesses/injuries • Working with businesses to minimise risks • Providing targeted response services • Influencing development and implementation of national programs and strategies • Implementing best practice governance, building organisational capability & measuring performance
  6. 6. 6 6 Regional Risk based strategy
  7. 7. 7 7 Simplifying SWMS • Code of Practice • Assisting industry • Developing guidance • Easy to use templates • Workshops for SMEs Safe Design • Code of Practice • Design of structures must incorporate and consider safety through structural life cycle • Working party Working with Industry
  8. 8. 8 8 Field and Phone Services: • advisory visits • workshops • technical advice • training • mentor program • WorkCover Assistance Service Internet and Social Media: • website • webinars • Facebook • You Tube • Twitter • WorkCover News • WorkCover eNews Advice and Assistance
  9. 9. 9 9 Approaches: • Individual employers or workers • Industries or sectors • Particular issues highlighted by industry Working with Industry
  10. 10. 10 10 Return to Work – Engagement with Workplaces Program: • Aims to help businesses improve return to work outcomes Pilot involved: • Workplace visits • Increase awareness of injury management and return to work obligations • Advice on ways to provide suitable employment
  11. 11. © Copyright Safety, Return to Work and Support Division 11 workplace safety- it affects your whole family Thank you Questions? WorkCover Assistance Service Ph:13 10 50 Email: WorkCover website
  12. 12. © Copyright Safety, Return to Work and Support Division SRWSD in confidence 12DRAFT Disclaimer This presentation may contain work health and safety and workers compensation information. It may include some of your obligations under the various legislation that WorkCover NSW administers. To ensure you comply with your legal obligations you must refer to the appropriate legislation in its most current form. Information on the latest laws can be checked by visiting the NSW legislation website ( or by contacting the free hotline service on 02 9321 3333. This presentation does not represent a comprehensive statement of the law as it applies to particular problems or to individuals or as a substitute for legal advice. You should seek independent legal advice if you need assistance on the application of the law to your situation. Although all care has been taken to ensure that the information is correct at the time of publication, the laws change over time and you need to ensure that you are accessing the most current legislation to ensure that the information is up to date. The information contained in this presentation is provided as a guide and it does not necessarily represent the views of WorkCover. You may use this presentation for educational purposes in your organisation for internal training and development however, you are not permitted to edit, change or add to this presentation in any way. You are not allowed to remove this disclaimer from the presentation and you are not allowed to charge any fees for using this presentation.