S-xism in the workplace harms workers' mental health, but interventions that make them feel like they belong in an organisation can reduce the impact, according to Australian researchers, who stress that the ultimate goal is preventing s-xism, not just its effects.
Employers and safety professionals could be on the verge of having cheaper or even free access to Australian Standards incorporated into work health and safety laws and other legislation, with Standards Australia describing a recent judgment as an "exciting step towards delivering greater value and improving access" to the documents.
European researchers have warned that even young, healthy workers need to engage in physical activities outside of work to maintain their work ability, especially if they perform physically demanding jobs.
"Paper policies" really can transform workplace cultures and reduce s-xual harassment, but WHS laws must be amended to explicitly mandate proactive harassment prevention and complaint mechanisms, according to leading business academics.
Advances in weather forecasting technology mean employers can pre-plan work, months in advance, to ensure tasks match the climate and reduce the risks of working in heat, a heat stress expert has told a Safe Work Australia seminar.
Workers with high physical workloads are three times more likely than others to end up struggling with tasks like climbing stairs, possibly due to insufficient rest times or reduced motivation for leisure-time activities, European researchers have found.