Employer-provided health programs where workers meet people outside of their work groups help workers cope with occupational challenges and issues like job insecurity created by the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say.
Workers' experiences are invaluable in the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries and can be leveraged to optimise ergonomic interventions, ranging from a small redesign to a workforce overhaul, Europe's peak work safety body says.
A worker's emotional distress from his newly created role inflaming rather than easing tensions between departments, and becoming increasingly complex, was a significant contributing factor to his high blood pressure and aorta tear, a tribunal has found.
The Federal Government must amend WHS laws to ensure employers have an explicit duty to tackle s-xual harassment and create a new complaints process, the ACTU and women's rights organisations have demanded in a statement criticising the Government's response to S-x Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins' Respect@Work report.
Employment laws will be amended to define workplace s-xual harassment as "serious misconduct" and prevent ongoing harassment through stop-bullying orders, with the Federal Government agreeing wholly or partly to all 55 recommendations of S-x Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins' Respect@Work report.
It is well known that chemical accidents can expose workers to hazardous irritants, but employers need to be aware that exposure often occurs during everyday "controlled" tasks, a study of 18 years' data on occupational asthmas has shown.
Injured workers are frequently offered "non-evidence-based" treatments in the weeks following the injury event, significantly increasing the risk of their conditions becoming chronic and prolonging their compensation claims, according to an award-winning exercise physiologist.
The "softly, softly" approach to managing injured and very unwell workers helps them achieve their health and social goals and prepares them to tackle vocational issues, and is particularly effective for those with chronic conditions and costly long-tail claims, a specialist says.