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Continuous "psychoeducation" vital for at-risk workers

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A major review of studies covering more than 270,000 police personnel, including from Australia, has found police are at greater risk of poor mental health and risky drinking than previously thought, highlighting the importance of stigma-reduction strategies and continuous rather than reactive "psychoeducation".


Collegium Ramazzini warns employers on COVID-19

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An international academy of leading occupational and environmental health experts has called for employers of all sizes to take all necessary steps to protect workers in the COVID-19 pandemic, which include appointing an "infection control officer", prioritising higher order controls and reducing exposure to dust and fumes, which increase the severity of infection.


Work-related asthma triggered within two years

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A significant proportion of adult asthma cases can be attributed to workplace triggers and workers can develop the illness in as little as two years, a US study spanning five decades has found. The researchers say the results underscore the need for employers to reduce exposures and monitor staff.

Alcohol strategies should focus on work safety over health

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Workplace policies and programs that drive home the broad safety repercussions of turning up to work with a hangover, and impaired coordination, are far more likely to reduce risky drinking behaviours than warnings on the impact of alcohol on individuals' health, a study of NSW workers suggests.




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