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  APPENDIX 5  

Occupational Health and Safety

Information in this appendix is provided in accordance with section 74 of the Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991.

The department’s occupational health and safety policy

The department is committed to ensuring the health, welfare and safety of all its employees in Australia and overseas. To help achieve this, an Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Agreement with the relevant staff associations has been in place since 1992. There is a full-time OH&S officer and the departmental OH&S committee, which meets every two months, provides an opportunity for management, staff and union representatives to discuss OH&S issues. There are 22 designated work groups in Australia and at present 20 health and safety representatives elected or appointed by group members. Each overseas post is also a designated work group.

The OH&S officer is located in the Staff Welfare Unit. The key purpose of the appointment is to encourage staff to take responsibility for health issues within their control. Close liaison is maintained with the Medical Unit, the building managers and property and IT staff in promoting a safe and healthy workplace.

The potential Comcare client group includes all APS employees located in Australia and overseas and about half of the locally engaged employees at overseas posts. The case manager is also available to assist staff not covered by Comcare: this includes locally engaged employees covered under overseas insurance arrangements and contract employees. The department has a rehabilitation case manager to facilitate an early and safe return to work for staff following illness or injury.

Measures taken during the year to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of employees and contractors

During the year there were 25 OH&S incident reports, resulting in only one short-term Comcare claim. The remainder were in the category of slips, trips and falls. Remedial action was undertaken to prevent recurrences where feasible.

Three additional voice-activated computer work stations were provided for staff. A consultant has commenced an examination of OH&S issues that may arise for diplomatic couriers.

Reporting requirements under the Act

There were no accidents or dangerous occurrences during the year that arose out of the conduct of undertakings by the department and that required the giving of notice under section 68.

No notices were issued under section 29, section 46 or section 47.

No directions were given to the department under section 45.

There were no investigations conducted.

Table 34. Occupational health and safety: statistics

  1997–98 1998–99 1999–00
Total staff covered by Comcare      
(includes employees located in Australia, Australia-based employees overseas and, where applicable, overseas locally engaged employees) 2 796 2 828 2 823
Number of claims accepted by Comcare, comprising: 30 28 25
Back injuries 8 5 6
Sprains and strains, excluding backs 9 7 3
Occupational overuse injuries 1 5 8
Other 12 11 8
Departmental premium for Comcare coverage (as a percentage of total departmental wages and salaries) 0.43 0.38 0.49

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