New CRC a wake-up callThe new Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Alertness, Safety and Productivity will bring together technology companies, academics, regulators and employers to study injuries and accidents caused by fatigue.
The centre aims to reduce fatigue-related injuries by 9,000 each year, saving the health system almost $2 billion in costs.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Bob Baldwin, said its work would make Australian workplaces, homes and streets safer.
“Each year almost 10,000 serious workplace injuries and more than 25,000 serious injuries from road crashes are caused by poor alertness. Beyond the terrible human and emotional cost this results in around $5 billion in lost productivity each year,” Mr Baldwin said.
“The CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity will look at everything from workforce scheduling and workplace design to state-of-the-art tools to revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders to reduce the number of preventable errors, accidents and injuries.”
He said it was a fact that more than 20 per cent of the population was affected by a sleeping disorder.
“This impacts on not only their quality of life but, collectively, our workforce’s productivity and the safety of our homes, workplaces and roads,” Mr Baldwin said.
The CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity was established with a $14.48 million contribution over seven years from the Australian Government.
For more information about the CRC visit this PS News link.
Edition 395, 4 February 2014