A commission has rejected a worker's claim that his employer forced him to resign by refusing to buy him a desk when it directed him to work from home during the pandemic, or that its actions were in breach of its safety duties.
Workplaces will no longer need to be on Victoria's permitted work list to open under new pandemic rules, taking effect tonight, but workers who are able to work from home must continue to do so, and safety plans remain mandatory.
The World Health Organisation's workplace health and safety guidelines for COVID-19 are "unacceptably complacent" in parts and overlook evidence on workplace outbreaks, according to an occupational health academic, who fills in some of the "gaps".
Social media denoting COVID-19 as a "killer virus" creates a sense of danger and distress among frontline workers. Employers should reduce these mental health risks by providing more consistent information and better training, researchers say.
A study of frontline COVID-19 workers has found psychological training and guidance can turn distressing experiences into positive personal growth, reducing the adverse effects of traumatic work events.
Australia's WHS framework is robust and can help duty holders grapple with the ever-changing impact of COVID-19 on health and safety, but mitigating pandemic hazards is not a one-size-fits-all approach, according to department heads from two Federal safety agencies.