Ramping up wellbeing and support services, like an onsite EAP, health checks and a "concierge service", helped a major law firm maintain workers' mental health during the gruelling work demands of the banking royal commission, according to the firm's national health, safety and wellbeing manager.
Safe Work Australia has released a series of guidance materials clarifying: PCBUs' duties to monitor the health of workers exposed to hazardous substances; the substances that trigger this obligation; and how to act on medical reports.
Mental health conditions remain a key "disruptor" in Australia's workers' comp schemes, but a low-intensity cognitive behaviour therapy program and early intervention are facilitating recovery, Comcare's CEO has told the National Workers' Compensation Summit.
A government department that was charged with category 2 WHS breaches after a motorcyclist crashed and died at a road works site, which wasn't set up on accordance with Australian Standards, has been permitted to enter a $1.4 million undertaking in lieu of prosecution.
An employer that failed to formalise a procedure requiring a hazardous task to be performed by maintenance personnel, has been convicted and fined for exposing a worker to the risk of catastrophic injury or death.
As with asbestos, manufacturing and installing engineered stone products is likely to prove too hazardous under any system of controls, and should be banned, a NSW MLC says. Meanwhile, Victoria has introduced mandatory safety training for solar workers.
Occupational medicine experts have made a case for better management of electrical injuries in the workplace, after finding cognitive and psychological problems are prevalent in workers who have received electric shocks.