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National workers’ compensation statistics now available to the public online

The Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) has today launched the new National Online Statistics Interactive System(NOSI), enabling the public to access workers’ compensation statistics from 1997-98 to 2004-05.

The new NOSI combines two previous versions of the system and includes standardised data on Australia’s occupational health and safety (OHS) performance over the past eight years.

"NOSI is an easy to use, comprehensive statistical service that has been developed by the ASCC to provide nationally comparable indicators of OHS performance across key industries," said Mr Bill Scales.

"Data available in the system includes number of workers’ compensation claims, incidence and frequency rates, average time lost from work and total compensation payments.

"The statistics available in NOSI can assist employers, employees, industry and researchers in identifying high risk industries and hazards the workplace and developing injury prevention plans and promoting workplace safety.

"One of the key features of the new NOSI is its user-friendly format, which means that the public can extract the data they need when they need it, without having to formally request it from the Office of the ASCC," said Mr Scales.

Mr Scales said that NOSI is a positive step forward in raising awareness national OHS issues, however the statistics in the database are a harsh and timely reminder of the importance of creating and maintaining a safe working environment for all.

"The ASCC’s Safe Work Australia Week, which runs from 21 to 27 October, is one initiative which asks all Australians to focus on health and safety issues in their workplace and make safety a priority.

"I encourage employers and employees to begin planning now, just how they can get involved and host activities in support of Safe Work Australia Week at their workplace, because as we all know safety is everybody’s business," Mr Scales said.

The National Online Statistics Interactive System is now online at http://nosi.ascc.gov.au and more information on Safe Work Australia Week 2007 is available from the ASCC website at www.ascc.gov.au.

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