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Improving technology acceptance and safety in pandemic

Workplace safety, Jurisdiction, Legislation, regulation and caselaw, Topic/practice, Issue/challenge/risk, Journal articles - occupational medicine research, Research and reports
With the dramatic swing to working-from-home arrangements and new work technologies because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Comcare "emerging evidence alert" has highlighted new research on the connection between technology acceptance, engagement and wellbeing.


Work-related asthma triggered within two years

Workplace safety, Topic/practice, Issue/challenge/risk, Journal articles - occupational medicine research, Research and reports
A significant proportion of adult asthma cases can be attributed to workplace triggers and workers can develop the illness in as little as two years, a US study spanning five decades has found. The researchers say the results underscore the need for employers to reduce exposures and monitor staff.

COVID-19 mental health plan identifies vulnerable workforce groups and prevention strategies

Workplace safety, Jurisdiction, Topic/practice, Issue/challenge/risk
The new National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan has marked workplaces as key "outreach sites" for tackling COVID-19-related mental health issues, and identified a wide range of worker groups significantly impacted by the pandemic. Meanwhile, employers have been directed to develop COVID-19 safety plans as pandemic restrictions ease.


Risk-assessment rethink needed for high MSD rate

Workplace safety, Jurisdiction, Topic/practice, Issue/challenge/risk, Research and reports
The increasing focus on risk reduction measures in work safety laws and practices over the last 20 years has failed to reduce the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders, with digitalisation and automation increasing mental stress and muscle tension, and forcing some workers into "machine-paced roles", a major research review has found.



Renewed calls to protect workers' wellbeing in pandemic as home-work arrangements drag on

Workplace safety, Jurisdiction, Topic/practice, Issue/challenge/risk, Research and reports
Workers working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic are having varying experiences, and some, like those simultaneously home-schooling their kids, are likely to be struggling, a workplace researcher says. She says employers must be on top of the personal factors affecting remote workers' health.

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