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Manufacturing action plan

We are working with South Australian business and industry to improve health and safety outcomes in the Manufacturing sector. Our industry action plan for 2018-2020 identifies who, how and where people are being injured most and what we will do to contribute to the reduction of workplace injuries.


South Australian work injury claims

South Australian work injury claims

Average claim costs 2014-2017

Average claims costs 2014-2017

Top 3 injuries

Top 3 injuries

Who is being hurt

Who is being hurt?

Strategic outcomes

These strategic outcomes have been derived from the national Safe Work Australia Strategic Plan and South Australia’s priority work health and safety focus areas.

Healthy and safe by design

  • Structures, plant and substances are designed to eliminate or minimise hazards and risks before they are introduced into the workplace.
  • Work, work processes and systems of work are designed and managed to eliminate or minimise hazards and risks.

Supply chains and networks

  • Supply chain and network participants understand their cumulative impact and actively improve the health and safety of the supply chain.
  • Commercial relationships within supply chains and networks are used to improve work health and safety.
  • Industry leaders champion work health and safety in supply chains and networks.

Physical, mental health and wellbeing

  • Increased capacity of industry and individual workplaces to improve health and wellbeing and manage injuries.


  • Everyone in the workplace is aware of youth developmental stages and are informed to make sound decisions on the tasks and conditions needed to ensure that young workers are able to work safely.

Leadership and culture

  • Communities and their leaders drive improved work health and safety.
  • Organisational leaders foster a culture of consultation and collaboration which actively improves work health and safety.
  • Health and safety is given priority in work processes and decisions.

Research and evaluation

  • The results of research and evaluation are disseminated and implemented.


  • Governments use their investment and purchasing power to improve work health and safety.
  • Governments departments promote community safety and provide education to support community health and safety.

Health and safety capabilities

  • Everyone in a workplace has the work health and safety capabilities they require.
  • Those providing work health and safety education, training and advice have the appropriate capabilities.
  • Work health and safety skills development is integrated effectively into relevant education and training programs.

Focus areas

  • Falls
  • Burns
  • Forklifts
  • Electric shock
  • Mental and physical health
  • Provision of adequate workplace training and supervision

What we will do 2018-2020

  1. Liaise with industry to form partnerships to deliver quality WHS advice, information and support to improve work health and safety knowledge and awareness of practical solutions.
  2. Engage with the manufacturing community by providing practical advice and support to business owners and workers seeking information on their health and safety responsibilities.
  3. Disseminate practical information and advice addressing key focus areas to encourage elimination and minimization of risks to health and safety.
  4. Partner with government agencies and other industry stakeholders to increase understanding of good risk management and control measures in government-funded improvement/expansion projects.
  5. Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing Program
    • Share information with industry on resources that are available to improve workforce wellbeing, including tools for small business to promote actions and behaviours that support mental and physical wellbeing in the workplace.
  6. Safety Leadership and Culture Program
    • Support industry leadership and mentoring to include health and safety as part of business planning and operations.
    • Promote manufacturing ’walk and talks’ as a mechanism to share safety improvements and best practice between industry leaders and other business owners.
    • Support supply chain networks, such as machinery and goods suppliers, to promote safe design of equipment and goods when considering procurement of new or second hand equipment.
  7. Young Workers Strategy
    • Work with stakeholders to increase knowledge of physical and mental capabilities at different developmental stages of young workers.
  8. Provide education and advice on safe forklift operation, prevention of electric shock during maintenance and shutdowns, safe chemical handling and storage, causes and prevention of burns and the link between workplace psychosocial risks and musculoskeletal injuries through articles and social media.
  9. Translate research on new and potential risks associated with advanced technologies such as nanotechnology, AI robotics into practical advice and information and collaborate with industry stakeholders to identify practical solutions to prevent harm.
  10. Source practical tools for small and medium business to use in assessing hazardous manual tasks.