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PC examines WHS duties under "forced experiment"

In a major report on Australia's "forced experiment" - widespread working-from-home arrangements for the pandemic - the Productivity Commission has detailed employers' WHS duties to remote workers, examined the "right to disconnect" and called for an upcoming WHS review to address the issue.


Two states step up COVID activities; Union charged; more

  • Two states step up workplace COVID compliance activities;
  • Unionists accused of breaching site's COVID and WHS rules; and
  • Did you miss our latest major WHS and COVID review?

Why are workplaces still failing to prevent MSDs?

A leading safety and ergonomics expert is urging employers to ensure their musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) prevention programs incorporate worker participation. She says neglecting to do so is one of four significant evidence-to-practice gaps holding back improvement in MSD rates.


Q2 2021: Legislation, caselaw and COVID review

In this major report, OHS Alert examines all the key safety developments from the second quarter of 2021, including the move towards mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for workers, the jailing of a company director, inquests into four work deaths, including a murder, important cases, and significant legislative changes.


Bullying-related claim numbers and costs increasing

Safe Work Australia's sixth annual national statement on psychosocial health and safety and bullying in Australian workplaces shows the rate of mental stress claims is increasing, while the median direct cost of bullying-related claims has reached nearly $35,000.


COVID work checks ramping up; Mint charged; and more

  • COVID compliance checks of employers stepping up in Vic;
  • Comcare reveals COVID strategies in 2020 review; and
  • Royal Mint faces up to $3.5m in fines under three WHS charges.

Surge of workplace injuries likely to follow COVID era

A study of 16 years of workers' comp data has foreshadowed that as Australia moves out of a recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic there will be a surge of workplace injuries, highlighting the importance of resilient safety strategies.


1,222 COVID claims lodged, many for mental injuries

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.

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