OHS Training: Construction Better than Hospitals

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Health Sector More Unsafe than Construction

Studies of more than 8 000 workers have proved that contrary to popular beliefs, nurses, doctors and community service workers across Australia feel less safe in the workplace than construction workers.

Importance of OHS Training

There are commonly held misconceptions about the types of hazards that can be considered occupational health and safety issues. Stereotypes of an unsafe workplace might conjure up images of a mine or construction site where people can fall from heights, be electrocuted, poisoned by gases and other hazardous substances or be trapped in a mine collapse.

The reality is that the daily stress experienced by many health professionals, such as doctors and nurses working in the public health system, is causing significant health problems. The stress experienced in those workplaces is still a significant occupational health and safety risk and should be treated as such.

Research Findings

  • Over 25 per cent of health workers to feel unsafe; compared to
  • Only 22 per cent of construction workers felt unsafe
  • Male employees were twice as likely to have a compensation claim
  • Only 17 per cent of workers believe they will never get sick or injured from work

The study demonstrates that OH&S really is an issue for all types of workplaces, not just those perceived as ‘high-risk’. Having qualified safety officers and comprehensively trained staff is of the utmost importance. As a result, occupational health and safety officers should be highly valued and in demand in many workplaces, not just in construction, mining and other ‘high-risk’ professions.


For more information about the study, visit Safety Culture.

To find out more about becoming an OHS professional, check out the Cert IV OHS course.

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