Poor sleep behaviour is often a personal choice and workplace policies should focus on educating workers on sleep hygiene, as well as the short and long-term consequences inadequate sleep can have on them, according to a new report.
Employers are under increasing pressure to provide dust-free environments, with Queensland publishing its first quarterly report on dust levels in the coal industry. Meanwhile, regulators have issued a series of alerts after a stacked-materials death and a fatigue-related coronial inquest.
Blue-enriched lighting can help night workers counter the "circadian drive for sleepiness" and stay alert, but the duration and timing of exposure to blue light could be key, Australian researchers have found.
An inquest has found that a 457-visa worker fell from scaffolding and drowned after he accidentally dislodged a load-bearing wedge while, according to one expert, performing "one of the most dangerous" scaffold tasks "I have ever witnessed".