CMM Technology: addressing workplace safety

At CMM Technology, we offer one of Australia’s largest ranges of workplace drug and alcohol testing equipment. Our comprehensive services and products cater for all industry sectors, including: mining, transport, aviation, engineering, maritime, construction and many others. We also provide quality products, training and policy consulting and advice engineered for the Australian market and to Australian Standards. This helps our clients achieve a far safer workplace, exercise their duty of care and meet their OHS legal compliance obligations. The importance of these objectives is reaffirmed by the following statistics:

  • According to WorkSafe Australia, the latest published estimate for compensated workplace injuries (i.e. serious claims category) totaled 134,105 during 2006-07[1]. In the same financial period, a tragically high figure of 232 compensated workplace fatalities were recorded in Australia[2].
  • The ABS published an even greater workplace incidents total of 457, 603 recorded for 2005-2006[3].

Aside from the primary focus of creating safer workplaces, a secondary benefit realised when instituting CMM Technology’s risk management systems are cost savings. Essentially, by minimising workplace injures, your business can save on their insurance premiums and other related costs. In fact, workers compensation (in addition to employee salaries) is one of the biggest workplace-related costs for Australian employers. For example:

  • Approximately $6.3 billion was paid to workers compensation schemes during 2007-08[4].
  • The Federal Government estimated the cost of work-related injury and disease to workers, their employer, the community and the Australian economy amounted to $57.5 billion during 2005-2006 (equivalent to 5.9 per cent gross domestic product)[5].

With these sobering statistics in mind, it is vital that managers, OHS professionals and business owners approach health and safety issues proactively and consistently. Our helpful and knowledgeable staff can assist you with deciding what instruments and services are conducive to making your workplace safer, more efficient and more profitable.

With our team of experts and professional assistance, your business can greatly improve its risk management processes, cultivate a culture of compliance and elevate individual performance all vital elements to forging a strong competitive advantage for your business.


[1] Work Safe Australia (2010) Compendium of Workers Compensation Statistics Australia 2007-08, p. 17

[2] Work Safe Australia (2010) Compendium of Workers Compensation Statistics Australia 2007-08, p. 33

[3] Australian Safety and Compensation Council (2009) The Cost of Work-related Injury and Illness for Australian Employers, Workers and the Community: 2005-06, p. 21

[4] Work Safe Australia (2010) Key Workers Compensation Information, Australia, p. 5

[5] Australian Safety and Compensation Council (2009) The Cost of Work-related Injury and Illness for Australian Employers, Workers and the Community: 2005-06, pp. 2, 23.

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