Australia is expected to see a surge in flu, respiratory syncytial virus and COVID-19 cases over the next few weeks, and hygiene services experts have called for businesses to protect themselves and their employees by creating safer and more hygienic work environments.
In only the third case of its kind in NSW, a PCBU has pleaded guilty to recklessly breaching the State's WHS laws, in relation to the death of a teenage worker in a scaffolding disaster - an incident that led to new safety standards and calls for tougher enforcement.
The workplace health and safety standards required of companies tendering for Commonwealth-funded building work could be extended to other procurement areas, under the Federal Government's plan to transfer many of the Australian Building and Construction Commission's powers to WHS regulators.
A paramedic who claimed she was unable to comply with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate because of her "flu-like symptoms" has been blocked from pursuing her late unfair dismissal claim, with a Fair Work Commission full bench finding her illness was not a valid reason for her late application or her vaccine non-compliance.
The COVID-19 support initiatives an Australian health service implemented for its workers had an overwhelming positive impact on wellbeing, with more than three-quarters reporting improvements to their mental health and ability to cope with pandemic-related stress and anxiety, a study has found.
One of the growing number of employers charged with COVID-related workplace health and safety breaches has been sentenced in Victoria. In Queensland, a PCBU has been fined after its failure to act on safety complaints led to a worker suffering serious wrist injuries.