10:44pm Friday 28 February 2020

Systematically safer workplaces

Professor Rod McClure, Director of MIRI

Professor Rod McClure, Director of MIRI

Leading Monash University safety researchers will be showcasing some of the latest research on workplace safety at the next Monash Business Breakfast to be held this Thursday. The importance of workplace design, the effectiveness of building a culture of safety, and innovative ways of managing worker fatigue will be among the topics examined.

Director of the Monash Injury Research Institute Professor Rod McClure said the next level of improvement in workplace safety would come from designing and implementing safer practices on a system level.

“This means developing strategies that effectively prevent workplace injury from happening,” Professor McClure said.

Dr Paul Salmon will draw on his extensive experience of designing safer workplace systems for his presentation at the breakfast. Dr Salmon’s team examines how to design better workplaces by taking into account how employees interact with their surroundings. His team investigates the factors that influence workplace performance and develops techniques to improve workplace efficiency and safety.

Dr Sharon Newnam will present her research on how a change to workplace culture improved safe driving behaviour and led to an overall reduction in workplace injuries within an organisation.

“Creating a systemic safety culture within the workplace, where safety is incorporated into the physical and social environment, has been shown to have a significant effect on reducing work-related injuries,” Professor McClure said.

Research has shown that sleep deprivation can also adversely affect employee performance and increase the risk of injuries. Dr Tracey Sletten has conducted extensive research on the effects of light intervention for reducing fatigue, particularly for shift workers.

“Our Institute is one of the few all injury research institutes in the world. This means we address all aspects contributing to injury, including the human factors, interactions between people and equipment, design of workplaces and organisational culture,” Professor McClure said.

“Through taking this holistic view and drawing on the resources of Monash University and international collaborations, our researchers are developing practical solutions that are shown to significantly reduce injury in the workplace.”

The Monash Business Breakfast “Workplace Safety” will be held 7.15am Thursday 13 September at Park Hyatt Melbourne. To register interest, contact Susan Newland on +61 3 9905 0589.

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