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".
A WHS regulator has called for members of the public to report any substandard safety practices they witness, and warned that the absence of suitable workplace amenities continues to be a major problem in one industry.
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.
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.
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.
An inquest into a man's death from a seizure has provided a stark reminder of the potentially devastating long-term consequences of poor workplace processes, including one practice that "should never occur in a controlled work environment".
A company has been fined $375,000 and ordered to publish full-page ads detailing its offence in consecutive editions of key building industry magazines, after one of its contract truck drivers died after falling from his truck bed during unloading.
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.