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.
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.
A key role of safety professionals, managers and officers is acquiring and keeping up-to-date knowledge of health and safety issues. In this report, OHS Alert examines all the need-to-know work safety, workers' compensation and COVID-19 developments from the first three months of 2021.
Workplace bullying victims' own actions need to be considered when determining whether there is a risk of ongoing bullying for the purposes of stop-bullying applications, a commission has highlighted in making draft orders for a major employer to transfer an applicant.
The national policy on enforcing WHS laws during the COVID-19 pandemic has been revised to define vaccinations as a "high order risk control measure". It also reminds employers of their duty to keep abreast of public health orders. Meanwhile, Western Australia has a new workplace health and safety minister.
A worker who was observed driving a forklift dangerously in a shared car park, and then refused to cooperate with safety inspectors, has been convicted and fined for safety breaches. Meanwhile, regulators have issued warnings after a storage-racking fatality and on the increasing number of serious incidents on non-isolated machinery.