Forceful handgrip work is one of three occupational biomechanical exposures that can cause radial tunnel syndrome, a common and costly nerve entrapment condition similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, European researchers have discovered.
Australian researchers have identified the types of workers that are least likely to seek help for mental health conditions triggered by psychosocial job stressors, highlighting the need to promote help-seeking behaviours and timely access to services.
Exiting the workforce might not be as bad for workers' physical and mental health as some studies suggest, while Australia's increasing retirement age could compound the deleterious impacts of strenuous work and fatigue on older employees, researchers have found.
A major European study has found employers are failing to include workplace psychosocial factors in risk assessments despite their legislated obligation to do so. The findings are timely for Australia, given the focus on this issue in the recent review of the model WHS laws.
S-xism in the workplace harms workers' mental health, but interventions that make them feel like they belong in an organisation can reduce the impact, according to Australian researchers, who stress that the ultimate goal is preventing s-xism, not just its effects.
Employers can use screening tools to detect employees at risk of long-term sick leave and quickly return them to work, an analysis of questionnaires for workers and occupational physicians has suggested.
European researchers have warned that even young, healthy workers need to engage in physical activities outside of work to maintain their work ability, especially if they perform physically demanding jobs.