Chemistry sector improves safety record in 2018

The chemicals and chemistry sector improved its solid safety record with a 2.7 per cent rise in its key performance metric according to the 2018 Health & Safety Performance Report.

The report from Chemistry Australia showed the rate of injuries continues to fall across the sector with the industry’s 5-year rolling average of Lost Time Injuries down from 3.39 in 2017 to 3.30 in 2018.

This is ahead of the industry’s long-term reduction target of 3.51, and the 15th consecutive year of improvement.

Chemistry Australia CEO Samantha Read said the chemistry industry remains one of the safest sectors in Australia and leads the chemistry industry worldwide in health and safety performance.

She said: “As the third-largest manufacturing sector and a major contributor to the economy, the Australian chemistry industry places the highest emphasis on the safety of its workforce.

“With health and safety data from our sector going right back to 2000, our members benefit every year from sharing insights from the Report with their peers and by learning from industry best practice.”

2018 Chemistry Australia Health & Safety Report – Key Highlights:

# The report covers 13,977 employees nationally and 29.18 million hours worked

# The sector has reduced its frequency of Lost Time Injuries 15 years in a row (based on a five-year rolling average) from 3.39 in 2017 to 3.30 in 2018, which is a 2.7 per cent improvement

# The industry is on track to meet the its 2022 workplace injury reduction target of 30 per cent.

# The industry’s Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) has reduced from 2.94 in 2017 to 2.91 in 2018

# Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) resulting from manual handling, falls from the same height and cuts and abrasions continue to be areas requiring further improvement

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