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National OH&S strategy is working

Of the 640,700 people who were involved in a workplace injury during 2009-10, the vast majority (82 per cent) had received formal OHS training in their occupation prior to receiving the injury. This represents an increase since the last survey in 2005-06 where only 58 per cent received formal OHS training.
Formal OHS training also increased among all the people formally employed. In the 2009-10 financial year 70 per cent had received training in their current jobs. Although the percentage of individuals trained still differs between genders with more males receiving training than females, risk still plays the vital role. The prevalence of training across occupations tends to reflect its relative risk. Technicians and trades workers (79 per cent) receive more training because of the risk of injury in their occupations than sales workers at 66 per cent. 
Specific high-risk occupations require more training. There were particularly high rates of training in the mining sector (93 per cent). The effect of the effort can be seen in the mining statistics regarding workplace fatalities where the mining industry is continuing a long term downward trend from over eight fatalities per thousand workers in 2003-04 to 3.5 in 2009-10. 
As more Australian States pass the relevant legislation, the downward trend will continue, fueled by education and safety training.
Source: Australian Social Trends – June 2011 (Australian Bureau of Statistics)

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