Workers' experiences are invaluable in the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries and can be leveraged to optimise ergonomic interventions, ranging from a small redesign to a workforce overhaul, Europe's peak work safety body says.
It is well known that chemical accidents can expose workers to hazardous irritants, but employers need to be aware that exposure often occurs during everyday "controlled" tasks, a study of 18 years' data on occupational asthmas has shown.
Settling on passive treatments, and failing to empower workers with musculoskeletal injuries with the knowledge of what is causing their pain, are common failings leading to disability and excessive recovery periods, an exercise physiologist specialising in chronic pain says.
An excessive focus on preventing sick leave, and the absence of "preventive support", are common to interventions for workers with chronic conditions, according to researchers who say employers need to move away from reactive measures.
A study of stock market performance across a decade has shown companies that focus on the health and safety of their workforce have a competitive business advantage, and are probably outperforming others in the COVID-19 era.
Sleep problems not only erode workers' cognitive abilities but also how they control their emotions, creating health and safety risks during emotionally challenging events, according to researchers calling for "sleep leadership" in workplaces.
Strategies for preventing and managing occupational violence should focus on nine key themes, including risk management, the physical design of workspaces and vertical communication, according to a major research project funded by SafeWork NSW.
Redesigning workplaces to allow workers to choose a workstation based on their task or mood can increase healthy physical activity during shifts, Japanese researchers have found in a study of a "walkable" office.