Presumptive workers' compensation for first responders with PTSD and other psychological injuries will be harmonised across all Australian jurisdictions, presuming COAG agrees on recommendations from a national inquiry.
S-xism in the workplace harms workers' mental health, but interventions that make them feel like they belong in an organisation can reduce the impact, according to Australian researchers, who stress that the ultimate goal is preventing s-xism, not just its effects.
"Paper policies" really can transform workplace cultures and reduce s-xual harassment, but WHS laws must be amended to explicitly mandate proactive harassment prevention and complaint mechanisms, according to leading business academics.
Employers in the public health system are required by WHS laws to take all rather than just some reasonably practicable steps to stamp out workplace bullying, independent reviewers have stressed in a concerning report on the ACT's health services.
Putting in place clear documented policies around workplace "accommodations" and how to access them is one of many ways employers can meet the needs of workers with mental health conditions, a new government-commissioned toolkit says.
A significant proportion of Australian workers are exposed to noise levels above regulated occupational limits, and nearly all of those are at risk of further hearing loss through exposure to chemicals.
Workers with high physical workloads are three times more likely than others to end up struggling with tasks like climbing stairs, possibly due to insufficient rest times or reduced motivation for leisure-time activities, European researchers have found.
The growing evidence from animal studies that nanomaterials can be harmful to health should compel employers to eliminate or reduce exposure to the tiny particles through the hierarchy of controls - immediately, according to special guidance from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.