Employers providing workers with mindfulness training to combat stress need to ensure leaders are also accessing the program, to get the most out of their investment, icare says. The insurer has also identified a number of steps employers can take to reduce the impact of customer abuse.
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.
Labour-hire companies across four industry sectors will be banned from operating in Australia if they commit serious WHS or workers' comp breaches, or if they can't prove compliance with workplace laws after past breaches, under a proposed registration scheme approved by the Federal Government.
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.
A new book focusing on stress, burnout and the high suicide rate among veterinarians has outlined a seven-module "coping and wellbeing program", which includes important lessons for all time-poor or socially isolated workers.
In this follow-up story on the major review of the model WHS laws, OHS Alert examines more recommendations and two areas that will, according to leading health and safety lawyer Michael Tooma, have a significant impact on the regime and duty holders.
Marie Boland's review of the national model WHS laws has recommended introducing the offence of industrial manslaughter, making it easier for union officials to enter worksites to assist health and safety representatives, and banning insurance against WHS penalties.
The growing "megatrend" of adopting robotics and automated systems will improve workplace safety, but could have the unintended effect of eroding workers' ability to deal with hazards, a CSIRO analyst has warned conference delegates.