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WHS overhaul needed for emerging heat risks

The Federal, state and territory governments have been told to enact greater oversight of the WHS duty to provide resources for workers exposed to heat, and urgently review regulatory frameworks to ensure workers are protected against emerging risks from climate change.


PC examines WHS duties under "forced experiment"

In a major report on Australia's "forced experiment" - widespread working-from-home arrangements for the pandemic - the Productivity Commission has detailed employers' WHS duties to remote workers, examined the "right to disconnect" and called for an upcoming WHS review to address the issue.


Major face mask issue "devastating" for many workers

A study on the rapid, widespread adoption of workplace mask requirements for the COVID-19 pandemic has identified the need for "urgent action" to protect workers affected by hearing loss from "devastating" communication problems.


Will safety-notification penalties prevent gig deaths?

The $200,000-plus fine imposed on Uber in NSW, for failing to report serious safety incidents to a regulator, is a "slap on the wrist" that won't prevent fatalities and highlights the need for Federal controls, a union claims.


Visibility issues, repetition and sitting increase risks

Poor visual or lighting conditions can cause workers to adopt poor postures to see better, resulting in musculoskeletal disorders, occupational medicine experts say.


Eight recommendations for preventing COVID burnout

More than half of Australia's frontline workers are suffering burnout from COVID-19, with triggers including inadequate PPE and confusing organisational communication, a major study that makes eight recommendations has found.


Critical gaps found in workplace robot risk assessments

A study of workplace injury rates spanning a decade has found the main causes of robotic incidents are critically overlooked in risk assessments focusing on "visible and tangible" physical hazards.

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