Work tasks causing whole-body vibrations should be addressed in risk assessments for pregnant workers, researchers have warned in an "alarming" study. Meanwhile, another study has found work stress makes employees vulnerable to a range of infections.
R U OK? Day today is particularly important this year, with COVID-19 posing major mental health challenges. An occupational health expert says meaningful workplace conversations aren't about problem solving, but stopping and listening.
Australia's first WHS Code of Practice for managing psychological risks, released for comment in NSW, advises duty holders to apply the hierarchy of controls and eliminate the risks by redesigning work processes.
Personal development and stress management coaching paired with traditional treatments reduces the impact of work-related back, shoulder and neck pain on workers, and the effects can be long lasting, researchers have found.
In a timely study with resurgences of COVID-19 infections occurring across Australia, a new study has stressed the importance of managing the mental health needs of workers before, during and after outbreaks.
A worker suffered a stroke after a non-existent handover, long hours and acting as a buffer between low-morale staff and a "nit-picking" director exposed him to significant stress, in a role he was in for only four months, a tribunal has found.
Queensland has become the third Australian jurisdiction to introduce presumptive injury compensation for first responders, and other workers exposed to "graphic details of traumatic incidents", who develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
Strategies aimed at improving ergonomics and targeting stressful work demands that give workers no time to think or have lunch, can reduce the rate of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, European researchers say.
Employers have wellbeing-related duties to contractors and subcontractors and need to think outside the square and build relationships with those who might be suffering from poor mental health, a workplace mental wellness expert says.