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.
In this article, OHS Alert reviews all the major WHS and workers' comp developments from the final quarter of 2018, including the release of ISO 45001 as an Australian Standard, record-breaking safety fines and enforceable undertakings, and legislative changes.
A model WHS guide has been amended to reflect recent Federal and High Court rulings on entering workplaces to assist health and safety reps. Safe Work Australia has also released new guidance on identifying company officers and their duties, a major fatality report, and safety and workers' comp comparison reports.
The rate of unsuccessful return-to-work attempts has increased significantly in the last two years, with one in five injured workers requiring more than one attempt, a major Safe Work Australia survey has found.
In this report, OHS Alert examines all the major WHS and workers' comp developments from the third quarter of 2018, including the adoption of ISO 45001, WHS amendments in every jurisdiction and need-to-know case law.
A Senate inquiry has called on the Australian Government to ensure legislated workplace health and safety rights for workers who are not classified as employees or perform non-standard work, with the proliferation of the gig economy.
A unique Monash University report has found that while the truck driving sector is notorious for fatal and debilitating crashes, more than four in five lost-time injuries result from other causes. It also identifies the geographical regions that will benefit most from interventions, and warns that falling claim numbers could be linked to legislative changes rather than safety improvements.
Workers in occupations with high injury and illness rates are dying from overdosing on opioid medication at a rate of up to six times higher than the all-worker average, according to an alarming government report.