Browsing: Health and wellbeing

FRI
1:52PM

WHS innovation: how to overcome the barriers

In a paper examining "new view" work health and safety principles, organisational psychologist and WHS expert Dr Tristan Casey has outlined barriers to WHS innovation and how to overcome them at an organisational level, including through "micro-experiments".

TUE
10:51AM

PCBU fined $200k; WHS regulator issues mould warning

PCBUs have been reminded of their duty to ensure the safety of all types of workers who might interact with equipment, after a business was fined heavily over an employee's serious thumb injury. Employers have also been urged to tackle the increasing risk of mould exposure.

MON
1:56PM

Occupational metals emerge as key risk factor for ALS

A large new study of the link between job type and the fatal neurodegenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), indicates that exposure to metals in occupations such as welding is a risk factor for developing the disease.

MON
12:35PM

Reverse-onus WHS laws promised by new Labor Govt

Companies and officers accused of WHS breaches could bear the onus of proving they took all reasonably practicable steps to prevent an incident occurring, while the offence of industrial manslaughter will be added to the national model WHS Act, with Labor taking power in the Federal election on the weekend.

WED
12:56PM

Vaccine dismissal fair despite medical contraindication

A worker was advised by her doctor that it was potentially unsafe for her to receive an influenza vaccination, but her aged care employer acted fairly and reasonably in dismissing her for not getting the jab, the Fair Work Commission has ruled.

TUE
2:40PM

Lung risks increase even with lawful exposure levels

In a timely study on the insidious reach of silica, Swedish researchers have found a significantly high level of chronic lung disease in metal foundry workers exposed to silica dust, even at levels well below government exposure limits.

FRI
11:14AM

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.


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