Industry associations have agreed to push for tougher sanctions for reckless conduct in the latest step towards a "safety reset" in the hazardous mining sector. Meanwhile, a regulator has warned that respirators are lower order dust controls and often ineffective, even when properly chosen and fitted.
More than 500 workers at a NSW council have stopped work due to safety concerns over the ongoing use of weed killer glyphosate, while Australia's agricultural chemicals regulator has proposed banning certain products containing the pesticide chlorpyrifos.
With the World Health Organisation redefining burnout as chronic workplace stress that hasn't been properly managed, a not-for-profit provider of employee assistance programs has explained how managers can reduce staff stress and the associated absences and accidents.
Managers with overly "controlling, correcting and monitoring" leadership styles can erode workers' sense of safety responsibility and increase injuries, Swedish researchers say in a study with broad implications for managerial training.