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OHS risks arising from the increasing use of 3D printing across multiple industries include exposure to hazardous substances, the proliferation of non-conforming building products and poor worker wellbeing, according to a special report from Europe's peak safety agency.
A safety regulator will be notified of all dust-disease claims and target relevant workplaces under recommendations to a parliamentary inquiry, which heard that occupational lung disease is significantly under-recognised in NSW.
Only one in three women feel comfortable talking about menopause at work, and many would welcome having a workplace support person to talk to about the difficulties of working while menopausal, a major UK survey has revealed.
In an unprecedented review of occupational factors associated with obstructive sleep apnoea, researchers have found commercial drivers are twice as likely as others to suffer from the condition, greatly increasing their chance of being involved in road accidents.
A health expert has questioned the veracity of research linking workplace electromagnetic fields to motor neuron disease, while Australia's radiation regulator has called for more prospective studies on the possible effects of using mobile phones, including cancer and neurobehavioural symptoms.
Safety and workers' comp laws are being amended in Queensland to allow dust victims to "re-open" lump sum claims, and crackdown on dodgy electrical work - a move driven by a workplace fatality and coronial inquest.