A unique study has found emergency workers are less likely than community members to suffer severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after natural and man-made disasters, providing clues to improving worker resilience and safety across all industries.
In this update, OHS Alert revisits all the important work health and safety and workers' compensation legislative changes from the third quarter of 2019. We also recap the most significant court and tribunal rulings and other developments from across the country.
The hierarchy of controls is referred to in most employers' high-level safety documents but is often overlooked when determining risk control measures, an investigation into an incident involving semi-autonomous equipment has warned.
As Australia heads into what is predicted to be a warmer than average summer, a timely study has found workers are significantly more likely to suffer injuries in hot weather, especially during the first few days of a heat wave.
Employers adopting automated systems should choose supervisors with "appropriate trust" in the systems to lead implementation and train workers, researchers from the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health say.
Workers with asthma are embarrassed by their symptoms showing at work and worry about what their co-workers think of them, according to researchers, who say employers can do more to improve these workers' physical and mental wellbeing and reduce their symptoms.