The Western Australian Fishing Industry Council has had a comprehensive health and safety code for use in the wild catch fishing industry in place since 1992
Budget expenditure: $120,264.09
Project Status:
Completed
Principal Investigator: Tanya L. Adams
Organisation: Western Australian Fishing Industry Council Inc (WAFIC)
Project start/end date: 29 Jun 2005 - 15 Nov 2008
Contact:
FRDC
TAGS
Wild Catch
Software
Safety
Quality
Management
SPECIES
Western Rock Lobster

Need

This project relates to the R&D program : Industry Development under Challenge 4 – Improve the operating efficiency of businesses which includes occupational health and safety.

This project in combination with the two existing FRDC projects seeks to increase the knowledge of occupational health and safety through the assessment process. The assessment with this tool will allow industry to identify areas where the level of compliance is below expectations set by industry and therefore address these deficiencies. It also allows for the recognition of the area that OH&S is being done well.

In order to demonstrate to the Regulatory bodies and the Industry body – WAFIC that the industry itself is utilizing the Code there needs to be some form of assessment on each individual fisherman to ascertain the level of compliance with the Code. There also needs to be some form of assessment of what are the main OS&H issues that still remain a high risk in order for the industry to address those problem areas.

It has been determined that this project needs to be focused on one industry sector as it is a pilot for the future development of OS&H. Therefore to ensure the variables are minimise the Western Rock Lobster Industry will be the focus for the initial pilot project. HOWEVER IT IS FULLY INTENDED TO APPLY THE ASSESSMENT TOOL AS THE FOLLOW UP MECHANISM FOR THE NATIONAL OSH CODES PROJECT.THERE ARE KEY COMPONENTS TO ALL OSH PROGRAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA. THESE ARE TO HAVE A PRACTICAL SET OF GUDILINES THAT INCORPORATE THE LEGAL REQUIRMENTS IN EACH STATE AND PUT THEN IN SEAFOOD TERMS. THESE ARE TO BE DEVELOPED THROUGH INDUSTRY ( THIS IS THE NATIONAL CODE).TO MAKE INDUSTRY AWARE AND ACHIEVE A CULTURAL CHANGE FROM WITHIN THE INDUSTRY AND TO PROMOTE TO GOVERNMENT THE REASONS WHY THE NATIONAL CODES PROJECT EXISTS . TO INSTALL A SYSTEM OF EVALUATION TO BE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THE SELF REGUALTION APPROACH WORKS.

The software tool developed for this pilot will also be added on the existing national Extension Occupational Health and Safety project as method of assessing those states performance after the introduction of their respective OS&H Codes.

SEE ATTACHMENT 1 FOR INFORMATION ON BENEFITS OF USING THE TECHNOLOGY

Objectives

1. Design and test an assessment tool to evaluate the uptake of the WAFIC Occupational Health and Safety Code in the rock lobster sector in WA
2. Demonstrate the benefits of such a tool to the WA Commercial fishing Industry for wider application througout the state and Australia.
3. Demonstrate to other states THROUGH STATE PEAK BODIES ,ASIC, SSA, NAC the benefits of the tool as part of the National OS&amp
H Extension project

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