Occupational Disease Indicators

One of the functions of Safe Work Australia is to collect, analyse and publish data and other information in order to inform the development and evaluation of work health and safety policies. As part of this function, Safe Work Australia seeks to establish and monitor credible baseline indicators of occupational disease. Occupational disease usually results from repeated or long-term exposure to an agent or event, for example, loss of hearing as a result of long-term exposure to noise, or from a single exposure to an infectious agent.
On 24 May 2002, the Workplace Relations Ministers' Council endorsed the release of the National OHS Strategy 2002–2012. Five national priority action areas were identified within the strategy. The Occupational Disease Indicators project supports the third priority area, to ‘prevent occupational disease more effectively'. This report is the third in a series of biennial reports, the first of which was published in April 2006.

Source: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/14D876A8-B0EA-4005-BC61-D3F5F5A2683C/0/OccupationalDiseaseIndicatorsApril2010.pdf

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