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Health and Safety Performance Report shows a decade of continuous improvement - 27 October 2014

PACIA has launched the PACIA Health and Safety Performance Report 2013 during Safe Work Australia Month, at an event sponsored by the WorkCover Authority of NSW.

“This Report is a unique, long-term initiative of the Australian chemistry industry. I commend all participants who have contributed to this important and leading industry Report,” said Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA) CEO Samantha Read.

“It is fantastic to see that the industry has again improved on our key performance indicator, with an LTIFR (5-year rolling average) of 3.9. This is the 10th consecutive year we have seen a reduction in LTIFR (5-year rolling average).

“A decade of continuous improvement is a tremendous result that demonstrates the power of industry-wide reporting in helping to drive progress,” said Ms Read.

Report details:

  • 19,195 employees covered
  • 38.76 million hours worked
  • Zero fatalities
  • LTIFR (5-year rolling average) down to 3.9
  • Reporting against the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022

Tony Robinson, Director of the Specialist Services Group at the Authority said, “We congratulate PACIA and the Australian chemistry industry for continuing to drive change and improve health and safety performance throughout the industry. This leading initiative sets a valuable benchmark for industry reporting.”

PACIA Chairman and Qenos CEO Jonathan Clancy commented, “Health and safety is the number one priority for the Australian chemistry industry. It is the foundation of everything that we do: as business leaders, as workers and as members of the communities we operate in.

“The results in this report demonstrate that as an industry collective, our focus and attention on health and safety performance is making a significant difference. But we should never lose sight of the fact that this is a continuous journey; the drive to improve health and safety never ends,” said Mr Clancy.

Emphasising the important role of communication in health and safety, Ms Read said, “We believe it is incredibly important to share case studies throughout our industry and supply chains to help others improve.”

“This Report provides real-life examples of how PACIA member companies continue to improve in health and safety across four priority areas. The examples demonstrate that health and safety improvements often lead to significant innovations and increased productivity, which is the true definition of sustainable business.

“We are also very pleased that our leadership in this area was recently recognised through the nomination from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) for PACIA to present in the Safe Work Australia Virtual Seminar Series,” said Ms Read.

 

Contact:  Claire Selby, cselby@chemistryaustralia.org.au, 0448 028 876.
Released 27 October 2014

About PACIA

PACIA is the pre-eminent national body representing Australia¹s $40bn chemistry industry, whose businesses directly employ 60,000 people and contribute approximately 11.5% of total Australian manufacturing production. PACIA members comprise a broad range of companies positioned across the entire value chain.  Members include chemicals manufacturers, importers and distributors, logistics and supply chain partners, raw material suppliers, plastics fabricators and compounders, chemicals and plastics recyclers and service providers to the industry.  These businesses range from small family-owned companies and innovative medium-sized enterprises, to leading national and multinational enterprises.


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