Occupational lung diseases continue to be a major health burden for Australian workers, with previous declines followed by a dramatic increase in cases over the last two to three years, according to Safe Work Australia
Working from home can conceal, from employers, signs that workers are at risk of domestic and family violence. Managers must take steps to address this work-related issue, a senior employment lawyer says.
Workplace exposure to biological agents that cause infectious diseases, allergies and cancers needs to be managed through the same "lifecycle" approach applied to dusts and chemicals, and without relying on PPE, according to Europe's peak work safety body.
Renewed calls for a Federal paid pandemic leave scheme have followed Victoria's revelation that nine in 10 Victorians with COVID-19 continued going to work or the shops after they first experienced symptoms. Meanwhile, heavy vehicle industry workers have been urged to lead by example on coronavirus control measures.
With one Australian state going back into COVID-19 lockdown and a resurgence of cases in other jurisdictions, a doctor has urged employers to remain vigilant to the fact that workers' health can deteriorate from stress, grief and lack of exercise.
Doctors have spoken out against a "false dichotomy" obstructing the safe return to normal working arrangements as COVID-19 restrictions ease, while researchers have warned that a special subset of workers needs extra protection in the pandemic.
Compared to day workers, staff who perform rotating shifts are more likely to have irregular eating patterns and eat too much fatty food, with serious metabolism-related implications, a study has found.