An international position statement has warned that occupational cancer has emerged as the primary cause of work-related deaths globally, and explained what employers can do about it. Meanwhile, Australian researchers have found airline pilots are not at increased risk of invasive melanoma, in a study that sends a vital sun message to workers and others.
The safety director of one of Australia's biggest infrastructure projects has outlined contractor management strategies aimed at protecting the health and safety of workers and the public, including the unheard-of requirement to employ occupational hygienists.
Canadian work health experts have joined the growing list of researchers warning that prescribing opioids for work-related injuries can lead to serious harm and protracted claims, and should be avoided.
More than 300 high-risk workplaces will be targeted, work processes will be banned and workers' comp laws could be overhauled, under "unprecedented" silica-dust strategies unveiled in Victoria. Meanwhile, regulators have issued warnings after a series of life-threatening crane incidents and fatalities.
An employer that recently entered a $500,000 undertaking over alleged dust-related WHS breaches has become Australia's first government body to achieve ISO 45001 certification. Meanwhile, the International Organisation for Standardisation has flagged the publishing date for a new psychological health and safety Standard.
Yesterday's sentencing of South Australia Police (SAPOL) over the death of an employee in a freezer has provided crucial WHS lessons for PCBUs with workers who work alone. Meanwhile, the State Government has flagged laws to protect the health of emergency workers from "disgusting behaviour".