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Safety culture analysed

Safety culture analysed

Safe Work Australia Releases Safety Culture Report:

“Attitudes towards risk taking and rule breaking in Australian workplaces”


Safe Work Australia recently released a paper that analyses safety culture and reports on the attitudes of Australian workers towards acceptance of risk taking and rule breaking in the workplace, as measured by the Perceptions of Work Health and Safety Survey 2012-13. The influence of key factors including worker type, size of business as well as the occupation of the employer and worker are investigated.


Interesting that more workers and sole traders agreed that they accept risk taking at work than employers and HSRs.
Twenty percent of employers operating in the transport, postal & warehousing industry agreed that they break safety rules to complete work on time, and that they accept risk taking at work. This is a very concerning response from an industry where an analysis from the ABS Work-related injuries survey showed that Transport & storage workers aged 35 to 44 years recorded an injury rate 75% higher than the rate recorded by all Australian workers of this age.


Your can read the report here

  • What are your thoughts on the paper?
  • Is the safety culture at your workplace in line with the report findings?


Michelle Monaghan

Michelle is Training and Consultancy Coordinator at ASLS where she manages the activities of a team of safety professionals, such as auditing, safety development, safety development, training needs analysis and review of work method statements. She is also involved in the management of all training activities such as development and review of course material, and monitoring, moderation and validation of assessors and assessment activities. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Business, Diploma of Work Health and Safety and a Post-Graduate Diploma in OHS.

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