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Easing workers' COVID distress requires multiple measures

A major study of nearly 30,000 workers has found the often severe psychological distress from the risk of contracting COVID-19, either on the job or while commuting, is associated with "worry, rather than facts" and can be reduced by workplace measures.


Burnout risks extend beyond long working hours

An experimental screening tool aimed at identifying workers suffering from burnout, based on the World Health Organisation's revised definition of the syndrome, has identified a range of risk factors aside from excessive work hours.


Protecting personnel and future-proofing organisations

Coinciding with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pilot of a major psychosocial safety climate program, delivered by Comcare and leading WHS experts, has shown how a pro-psychological health agenda can work quickly to protect staff.


Major face mask issue "devastating" for many workers

A study on the rapid, widespread adoption of workplace mask requirements for the COVID-19 pandemic has identified the need for "urgent action" to protect workers affected by hearing loss from "devastating" communication problems.


Beware "boundaryless" work as flexibility increases

Minimising "boundaryless working hours" allows employees to recover and remain healthy, according to a study of nearly 9,000 workers that provides pertinent advice for COVID-19-driven flexible and remote work arrangements.


Workers suffering low sleep "efficiency", need training

Sleep surveillance should be part of routine workplace training and medical assessment procedures for industries where fatigue is a safety risk factor, UK researchers say in a study demonstrating the prevalence of low sleep efficiency.


Visibility issues, repetition and sitting increase risks

Poor visual or lighting conditions can cause workers to adopt poor postures to see better, resulting in musculoskeletal disorders, occupational medicine experts say.


E-health programs ideal for pandemic work arrangements

E-interventions for workplace stress break down traditional barriers to programs for preventing mental and physical illness, and can be maximised by incorporating two goals at the design phase, researchers have found.


Eight recommendations for preventing COVID burnout

More than half of Australia's frontline workers are suffering burnout from COVID-19, with triggers including inadequate PPE and confusing organisational communication, a major study that makes eight recommendations has found.

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