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Diligent task planning required for older personnel: study

Employers have been urged to take special care to adapt work tasks for their older employees in physically demanding jobs, after a major European study conclusively showed these workers are far more likely to experience long-term sickness absences.


1,222 COVID claims lodged, many for mental injuries

Safe Work Australia's latest "snapshot" of COVID-19-related workers' compensation claims shows that while a quarter of all COVID claims are for psychological issues, nearly all of the claims in one industry involve mental health.


Blood pressure levels slashed by white-collar strategy

A ground-breaking study of thousands of white-collar workers has found psychosocial interventions, like slowing the implementation of large projects to prevent excessive workload, significantly reduce the risk of hypertension, with the benefits lasting for years.


Vital work protections dropped from COVID order: SDA

The NSW Government's decision to ease face mask rules under its temporary COVID-19 restrictions is exposing frontline workers to unnecessary health and safety risks, a union has warned in calling for people to ignore the change and continue wearing masks.


Workplace COVID restrictions made in NSW and WA

Face masks will be compulsory on public transport and in certain workplaces under COVID-19 restrictions announced for NSW today. Meanwhile, the Western Australian Government has introduced a Bill extending measures and 10-year jail terms aimed at protecting frontline workers from the pandemic.


COVID-19: expensive workplace screening tool popular but ineffective, cheap tool works

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to devastate India and other parts of the world, and Australia's vaccine rollout encountering difficulties, workplace pandemic controls and screening are as important as ever. Two new studies have found simple "active" olfactory tests of workers are highly effective, but temperature checks border on useless.

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