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.
"How much value does it add?" is a crucial question employers need to ask when deciding whether to implement a new safety procedure, a "safety clutter" expert told the SIA National Health and Safety Conference today.
A coronial inquest into the death of a worker addicted to the opioid oxycodone, prescribed for an ankle injury, has heard the treatment of chronic pain should focus on patients' mental health rather than "numbing" their symptoms.
Australia's fatigue management laws are not stopping fatigued workers from driving heavy vehicles, and must be amended to address shift structures and other factors that increase the risk, according to a paper informing the new Heavy Vehicle National Law.
A mental health organisation is urging employers to create opportunities for workers to socialise, with a quarter of Australian workers reporting they aren't connecting with their colleagues to the detriment of their workplace's psychological safety.
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.
A coronial inquest has found a worker's death could have been prevented by simple and inexpensive actions like proactively maintaining personal protective equipment, which, among other things, sends a clear message to workers on the importance of using PPE.