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Harm index: Heat maps of work related injuries

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland's (WHSQ) harm index and associated heat maps can be used when developing  educational, advisory, intervention and leadership programs that are aimed at  reducing the incidence of workplace health and safety deaths, injury and  illness.

For full copies of these heat maps, please contact WHSQ on 07 3836 0166 or email


The harm index combines workers' compensation  claim numbers and costs of workplace incidents to produce a visual  representation, broken down by industry or occupation, of the relative harm  workers are likely to sustain during their working lives.

The harm index is a ratio of total statutory  costs (an indicator of severity) to the exposure (i.e. all persons employed)  within a given cohort to give an assessment of risk.

Initially, the harm index was produced at the  two digit ANZSIC level for the 2011 planning cycle.

Industry heat map

In the case of the 2012 planning cycle, the  industry harm index was produced at the two digit ANZSIC level.

The  industry heat map provides a visual representation of relative risk by  industry, but is further broken down by business size, to give an indication of  the relative risk to workers across industry sectors but also size of business  within these sectors.

View Industry heat map

Occupations heat maps

In the case of the 2013 planning cycle, the occupations harm index was produced based on the three digit ANZSIC level for the 'All industries' heat map and the two digit ANZSIC level for all other heat maps.

The heat map  provides a visual representation of relative risk by occupation.

View Occupations heat maps

Regional heat maps

The regional heat maps demonstrate the relative harm by occupation for each of the five WHSQ regions: Brisbane North and Sunshine Coast; Brisbane South and Gold Coast; South West Queensland; Central Queensland and Wide Bay; and North Queensland. They include all industries (excluding mining) for all on-duty at place of work claims to the ANZSCO 2 digit level.

View Regional heat maps

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