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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
- Last updated
- 30 October 2017
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