WHS Code for COVID-19 clarifies consultation duties

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A new WHS Code of Practice has provided PCBUs with clear guidance on their duties to consult with workers, health and safety representatives and other businesses in a COVID-19 context. Meanwhile, Comcare has produced a "micro-learn" video on using face masks at work in the pandemic.

WHS changes follow probe into unlawful safety notices

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SafeWork NSW has committed to ensuring inspectors' decisions to issue prohibition notices aren't driven by political pressures, and to pushing WHS reforms at a national level, after the State Ombudsman found the regulator imposed unreasonable asbestos-related requirements on a local council.

Work vibrations linked to pregnancy complications, and work stress linked to infections, in major studies

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Work tasks causing whole-body vibrations should be addressed in risk assessments for pregnant workers, researchers have warned in an "alarming" study. Meanwhile, another study has found work stress makes employees vulnerable to a range of infections.


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