A plan to allow workers in a hazardous industry to prove their COVID-19 vaccination status through a "green tick approach" would be too susceptible to human error and could have "catastrophic" WHS consequences, a commission has ruled. Meanwhile, Tasmania has applied its close contact exemptions to more sectors.
The controversial plan to reduce age limits for forklift drivers and ease other licensing requirements for the COVID-19 pandemic has served as an important reminder, to employers, on the risks associated with forklifts and in the country's "deadliest industry".
With the Omicron outbreak likely to delay return-to-office plans for many businesses around Australia, employers should heed the findings of a new study on the physical toll that working from home can have on workers' bodies, and the need for preventive action.
Forcing workers to pay for their own rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 will have a major impact on workplace health and safety standards, unions have warned ahead of today's National Cabinet meeting. Meanwhile, vaccination and isolation rules for workers have been amended in some regions, and an employer has been fined for allowing unvaccinated staff to carry out work.
The COVID-19 pandemic has ramped up the digitisation of work processes and the expansion of safety management technology beyond routine health and safety issues, according to a safety software expert who outlines how employers can get the most out of their platforms.