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Negligent RTW plan didn't cause psych injury: court

Despite the fact that an employer was negligent in the way it managed an injured worker's return-to-work plan, a superior court has confirmed this negligence wasn't the cause of her subsequent anxiety and depressive illness.


Aggression and racism continue to be major WHS issues

Surprisingly high percentages of workers are exposed to aggression from colleagues, managers and customers, while workplace racism also remains common, creating significant WHS risks and highlighting the need for targeted training, according to safety, wellbeing and human resources specialists.


Workplace disregard for PTSD exacerbated injuries

A tribunal has found that callous treatment by co-workers in the years following a traumatic workplace incident exacerbated a worker's post-traumatic stress disorder and contributed to her adjustment condition.


"Attacks on the person" causing workplace stress injuries

European occupational health researchers have identified the most common types of workplace conflicts that cause psychological injuries to the individuals exposed to them.


WHS notice restored to ensure timely responses to bullying

An employer's anti-bullying and grievance procedures require intervention by a WHS regulator because they lack processes to ensure they are timely and don't cause psychological injuries to those involved, a commission has found.


Bullying claim fails, employer complied with WHS duty

An employer's decision to prevent a worker from attending his favoured worksite was not bullying, but informed by legitimate safety concerns over his behaviour, a commission has found in rejecting his bid for anti-bullying orders.


"Prevention plans" and reports required by new OHS laws

Employers will be required to implement "prevention plans" for psychosocial hazards ranging from aggression and bullying to high job demands, under proposed Victorian provisions that were informed, in part, by agreed changes to the national model WHS laws.


WHS duty holders must address "hostile" environments

A new consultation paper examining six legislative reforms, proposed by Kate Jenkins, has included an important reminder to employers of their WHS duty to prevent and address "intimidating, hostile, humiliating or offensive" work environments.

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