How aware workers are of factors in their workplace that may impact work health and safety has been identified as an area of interest in the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 under the action area of Leadership and culture: Leadership in communities and organisations to promote a positive culture for health and safety.

In the context of work health and safety, mindfulness is the conscious awareness of factors that affect or may affect health and safety in the workplace. The report presents findings on mindfulness relating to work health and safety among Australian employers, sole traders (operators of non-employing businesses) and workers as measured by the Perceptions of Work Health and Safety Survey 2012. This report includes three measures of mindfulness: What do businesses count on; preoccupation with failure and sensitivity to operations.

This research report has been written to inform the development of work health and safety policies. The views and conclusions expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the views of Safe Work Australia Members.