Delineating tasks and separating teams are some of the many strategies a Singaporean hospital is taking to protect frontline workers from coronavirus, shedding light on how to prevent the occupational transmission of the disease.
A requirement to lower a vehicle's access ladder from a "safe location" was an administrative control that could be bypassed either deliberately or inadvertently, an investigation into a worker's death has found. Meanwhile, an employer recently charged with seven dangerous goods breaches has been accused of 21 more offences.
Employers have been urged to consider workplace interventions to improve the health of workers with prescription opioid use disorder, who require significantly more sick leave than those with other types of injuries and illnesses.
With anti-discrimination laws failing to curb the harm caused by workplace s-xual harassment, Australian labour law experts have called for safety regulators, under WHS legislation, to tackle the behaviour by monitoring, investigating and penalising it as with other types of safety breaches.
Workers who support people in distress are at risk of burnout that can lead to ill health, insomnia and substance abuse. Employers and employees all have a responsibility to reduce compassion fatigue, UK researchers say.
Australia is unlikely to harmonise presumptive laws for first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder and other injuries, but the Federal Government has provided in-principle support for a coordinated national approach to the issue, and could make presumptive provisions under the Comcare scheme.
The coronial inquest into the Dreamworld disaster, which killed four patrons, has provided an enlightening albeit disturbing guide on how not to run a workplace safety department, with the theme park's numerous failings including its reliance on "frighteningly unsophisticated" safety systems and unqualified staff, and the absence of holistic risk assessments across 30 years.