As part of the AfPA strategic plan the strategic objective for health and safety is focused on:
Enabling and supporting industry to continuously improve the health and safety of our people and communities we serve.
The strategies for the development of this goal as outlined in the plan are:-
- Publish on the AAPA website and promote the facts relating to bitumen and working safely within the industry.
- Support members in understanding and implementing management processes to address any long-term worker related ill-health risks arising from air pollution and particulates produced at the point of manufacture through the supply chain to construction sites.
- Support the industry with any national transition to higher health regulatory requirements.
- Promote and provide links that support members with mental health:
- Raise awareness
- Seek education partners on preventative education and crisis help
- Partner with health and safety providers that can provide national support service to AfPA members, through discounted rates
- Establish national statistics on roadworker safety performance, with a KPI for continuous improvement annually – demonstrating a shift towards a zero harm future.
- Trial and seek adoption of technology solutions that enhance safety of road workers and the public.
- Advocate to key regulatory bodies nationally, the separation of road users and road workers as the first option on worksites, wherever possible.
- AfPA establish a forum for all members to receive key industry safety alerts and learnings.
- AfPA to continue to develop competency based safety training courses for the use of the industry as guided by the National Health and Safety Committee.
- Benchmark health and safety solutions with international best practice.
- Operational risks to continue to be focused on in this Strategy:
- managing underground services;
- working in close proximity to traffic flows;
- potential for worker / equipment plant interaction;
- working safely with bitumen.