Employers with "noisy" workplaces have been urged to ensure mandatory hearing tests are carried out by authorised testers, given the provision of inaccurate data can have serious ramifications for businesses and their employees.
In upholding a worker's noise-induced hearing loss claim, a tribunal has found claimants bear the onus of proving the relevant employment involved excessive noise exposure, before the evidentiary onus shifts to the respondent to show otherwise.
Australia's first WHS Code of Practice for managing psychological risks, released for comment in NSW, advises duty holders to apply the hierarchy of controls and eliminate the risks by redesigning work processes.
French doctors have warned that the rushed use of disinfectants during the COVID-19 pandemic can cause toxic exposures, after nurses at their hospital developed eye growths from protective glasses. Meanwhile, a timely study has found a link between cold-weather work, occupational noise and heart attack risk.