In 2009, WorkCover Tasmania and Workplace Standards Tasmania agreed to develop a new work health and safety awareness campaign and adopt a brand to sit over the activities, WorkSafe Tasmania.
The agreement to work collaboratively on a public education campaign was due to shared organisational objectives, with the most prevalent being reducing the number of workplace injuries and fatalities in Tasmania.
The opportunity to adopt a successful workplace safety brand and advertising campaign - in addition to pooling the resources of both organisations - was an opportunity too good to be missed in the quest for raising the profile of work health and safety.
An implementation plan covering key activities was prepared and agreed to by WorkCover and Workplace Standards Tasmania in February 2010.
WorkCover Tasmania works with Tasmanian employers, workers, insurers, doctors and others to reduce work-related injury and illness in Tasmania, and aid the early return to work of inured workers.
To achieve this, WorkCover:
- promotes prompt and effective injury management
- promotes safer and healthier workplaces, through providing health and safety information and practical guidance
- manages the workers compensation scheme and monitors the performance of scheme participants.
WorkCover is funded through a levy on workers compensation premiums. It is an independent body with responsibilities under the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995.
About Workplace Standards
Workplace Standards works with the community to improve standards of safety and health in workplaces, buildings and energy infrastructure. Workplace Standards administers legislation that regulates work health and safety, dangerous goods, security sensitive dangerous substances, workers rehabilitation and compensation, building and plumbing activities, electricity standards and safety, gas safety, occupational licensing, long service leave, shop trading hours, and statutory holidays.
- provides information and advice
- conducts accident and incident investigations
- undertakes audits, compliance and enforcement activities
- assesses and processes licenses and permits
- provides strategic policy analysis and advice
- accredits building practitioners
Workplace Standards' vision is for a safe and healthy Tasmania.