Australian and UK workplace experts have identified factors that make workers more likely to initiate safety improvements, a quality they say is more valuable than safety compliance when dealing with unknown, emerging or unanticipated risks.
A Senate inquiry into sleep health awareness has warned that many employers use suboptimal shift structures that endanger workers' health and safety, and recommended the development of a nationally consistent approach to work hours and rest breaks for shift workers.
Effectively controlling work-related psychological risks "can only be achieved" through discussions between PCBUs and their workers, according to the Ai Group, which warns against amending the model WHS Regulations to prescribe such control measures.
A "world-first" study conducted for the National Transport Commission, which will inform new safety laws, has confirmed the ability of alertness monitoring technology to identify fatigue-related impairment in truck drivers.
A major literature review has found welders are at a 43 per cent increased risk of lung cancer. Meanwhile, Norwegian researchers have warned about the importance of preventing hand-arm vibrations, in a study showing the ensuing numbness and finger pain can be irreversible.
Pre-employment testing for physically demanding work needs to involve an "in-depth investigation" of workers' abilities, including their task-specific fitness and aptitude for working safely, according to a European study on an emerging high-risk industry.
In this comprehensive report, OHS Alert reviews all the major WHS and workers' comp developments from the first quarter of 2019, including the unprecedented jailing of company directors, the outcomes of the national WHS review, and significant legislative changes in every jurisdiction.
Workplaces could be heading into a mental illness "epidemic" under current management practices, warns a prominent workplace safety expert, who says resources need to be allocated to quality working conditions immediately.
Shift work disorder (SWD) affects more than just night workers, according to European researchers, who found the symptoms are particularly prominent during morning shifts, causing workers to be sleepier and eroding their alertness.