Mental health safety stand-downs can help workers help each other, and help employers support the workforce during crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, an engineering giant's head of safety, health, environment and quality says.
A global employer will down tools and conduct meetings on minimising occupational cancer risks, for World Day for Safety and Health at Work today. World safety day has also prompted renewed calls for Australia-wide industrial manslaughter provisions and an accelerated response to the review of the model WHS laws.
The "softly, softly" approach to managing injured and very unwell workers helps them achieve their health and social goals and prepares them to tackle vocational issues, and is particularly effective for those with chronic conditions and costly long-tail claims, a specialist says.
Many employers with comprehensive mental health resources slip up by not promoting the services, according to the Australia and New Zealand wellbeing lead of a major multinational company, who says workers who engage with resources like EAPs or mental health first aiders are "like gold", if leveraged.
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted to a major employer the importance of supporting workers' holistic wellbeing, which will inform its approach to health and safety in the years to come, according to its general manager of people and culture.
Redesigning workplaces to allow workers to choose a workstation based on their task or mood can increase healthy physical activity during shifts, Japanese researchers have found in a study of a "walkable" office.
A major employer's new interactive induction program is teaching workers the importance and impact of decision-making through simulations of common high-risk situations, its health and safety boss says.
A major employer is using workplace contact tracing technology to future-proof against further COVID-19 outbreaks and the harm they could have on the business and the health and safety of employees, its general manager of people and culture says.
Delivering a step change in safety management involves "slaying" the "sacred cows", like the assumption that change will leave an organisation legally compromised, according to the health and safety manager of one of Australia's largest utility companies.