A major international study has identified a significant exposure-response relationship between several types of cancer including brain cancer and the hazardous substance lead, which remains prevalent in Australian workplaces.
Industry associations have agreed to push for tougher sanctions for reckless conduct in the latest step towards a "safety reset" in the hazardous mining sector. Meanwhile, a regulator has warned that respirators are lower order dust controls and often ineffective, even when properly chosen and fitted.
A fatal work vehicle explosion was triggered by an exposed wire in a storage compartment containing a gas cylinder, which wasn't stored in accordance with the relevant Australian Standards, codes of practice or safety data sheets, an inquest has found.
A PCBU accused of failing to take steps to prevent a worker's fingers being amputated, and another that allegedly failed to comply with its own asbestos-removal plan, have been allowed to enter low-spend WHS undertakings in lieu of prosecution.
Striking workers at a NSW council will resume work today after the employer agreed to trial alternative products to the controversial weed killer glyphosate, which has been linked to cancer in a number of international legal cases.
More than 500 workers at a NSW council have stopped work due to safety concerns over the ongoing use of weed killer glyphosate, while Australia's agricultural chemicals regulator has proposed banning certain products containing the pesticide chlorpyrifos.
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