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Manufacturing industry interventions and campaigns

Meat processing campaign

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) is conducting an awareness and enforcement campaign in the meat processing (excluding poultry) industry. The campaign will assess abattoirs (red meat, pork, game meat and pet food), large to medium wholesale/butchers, cured meat and (large) small goods workplaces.

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Safety in sawmilling industry campaign

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) conducted a Safety in sawmilling campaign from March - October 2018. As part of the campaign, WHSQ provided advisory services conducted and compliance assessments at Queensland log sawmilling workplaces.

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Fixed plant campaign

From April 2017 to July 2018, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland conducted fixed plant assessments at Queensland food processing, metal and fabricated metal manufacturing workplaces.

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Queensland poultry processing industry and labour hire campaign

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ), WorkCover Queensland and Industrial Relations (Labour Hire Licensing) conducted compliance assessments in 2018 and 2019 across the Queensland poultry processing industry. This included labour hire companies that supply labour to poultry processing workplaces.

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Onsite traffic management campaign

On-site traffic management (OSTM) is a significant safety issue across all types of industries. If OSTM risks are not properly managed, pedestrians may be seriously injured or killed.

In 2020 Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) conducted an OSTM campaign. The campaign focussed on OSTM systems for high risk workplaces where mobile plant (e.g. forklifts, motor vehicles) operates near pedestrians.

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Preventing eye and hand injuries campaign

Eye and hand injuries make up the highest non-fatal claim rate in the manufacturing industry. The most common are:

  • cuts and lacerations to the hands (13 per cent)
  • foreign body in the eyes (9 per cent).

These two groups of injuries represent around one in five of the industry's non-fatal claims.

In 2015, inspectors visited approximately 200 Queensland manufacturing workplaces, as part of a campaign to identify ways to of reducing injuries to eyes, hands and fingers in metal manufacturing workplaces.

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Q fever risk management in livestock industry campaign

Q fever is an infectious and potentially serious disease that can develop suddenly, be quite severe (acute illness) and may also cause long lasting (chronic) illness. The focus of this campaign is to support awareness across the sector on Q fever risks, improve industry practices surrounding Q fever controls and increase compliance with duties under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

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