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Enforcing COVID rules taking a toll on workers' wellbeing

Australian workers are suffering significant stress from enforcing COVID-19 rules for customers, and their managers must adopt a zero-tolerance approach to customer abuse with the busy Christmas period approaching, new research has highlighted.


Simplify work for busy workplaces to cut stress in peaks

Co-designing tasks and processes with employees is key to removing complexity from their jobs, reducing their stress and helping them stay mentally healthy in the lead up to Christmas and other peak periods, a logistics safety webinar has heard.


Beware vicious circle of workplace MSD and psych risks

Psychosocial risk management is not only crucial to preventing workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) but ensuring injuries don't become chronic and block rehabilitation, a major safety agency has found.


Workplace noise linked to distraction and acute injuries

Millions of workers are exposed to excessive noise, and thousands of injuries, including lacerations, burns and amputations, are linked to the hazard, which affects concentration and situational awareness, environmental health researchers have found.


Work strategies for rapid COVID tests crucial; and more

  • Employers need strategies for rapid antigen tests, says lawyer;
  • COVID isolation rules eased in Victoria; and
  • Regulations guide and Code released for WA's WHS transition.

Safety climate boost needed for workers at risk of abuse

A strong workplace psychosocial safety climate can reduce the psychological demands on migrant and refugee workers, who are at high risk of abuse and harassment in workplaces, leading Australian safety researchers say.

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