Managers in senior WHS roles and other statutory positions will be the only fly-in-fly-out workers permitted to enter Queensland under a new coronavirus control plan. Meanwhile, mining giants BHP and Fortescue have revealed their latest strategies for protecting personnel from the pandemic.
Advances in light technology mean inexpensive ceiling lights can slow the decline of alertness and mental performance during night work, potentially reducing the risk of accidents and injuries, European researchers say.
Employers have been urged to review their rostering practices and introduce strategies to improve team dynamics and efficiency, after an Australian study found junior doctors who work long hours are at high risk of suicidal ideation.
The Fair Work Commission has upheld the sacking of a worker who punched a supervisor in the face at a Christmas party, after rejecting his argument that he was unaware the event was a work function and hence his conduct was not connected to his employment.
Employers should look beyond trying to design the "perfect" roster to eliminate sleep-related worker fatigue, and focus on risk assessment, awareness training and the "four F's", according to a leading circadian biology researcher.
An inquest into two deaths has called for industry bodies to address the link between long hours and the high suicide rate in the veterinary profession, and highlighted the "uneducated" and "nonsensical" arguments against restricting access to a deadly workplace substance.