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Mental health in the workplace – insights from Beyond Blue’s Answering the Call Survey

A study by Beyond Blue has revealed some concerning findings in relation to mental health in the workplace, suggesting that further interventions are needed to support those affected. Answering the call is a ground-breaking survey into the mental health and well-being of police and emergency service personnel, involving 33 police and emergency services agencies in…

23 May 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety | Uncategorised

Industrial manslaughter legislation – is there a need and will it boost WHS compliance?

In 2017, Queensland became the second state in Australia (following the ACT in 2004) to enact industrial manslaughter (IM) legislation. The laws – which are an extension of the existing Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (QLD) - criminally illegalise any action or omission of action, that inadvertently causes death in the workplace. If found guilty of…

15 May 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Occupational Health & Safety | Uncategorised

How the Department of Defence is responding to the PFAS crisis

Per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of chemicals - long used in items such as food packaging, nonstick cookware and firefighting foam – which now find themselves under increasing concerns over environmental and potential health impacts. In recent years, empirical evidence regarding the toxicity of PFAS chemicals has been brought to light,…

10 Apr 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety | Transport & Logistics

The role of safety in delivering New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project

Auckland’s rail network is undergoing a significant upgrade, to accommodate exponential population growth. The City Rail Link (CRL) is New Zealand’s largest transport infrastructure project and will transform the way people travel, live and work in the country’s biggest city. The project involves the construction of 3.2 km twin tunnels, two new underground stations, and…

22 Mar 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Business | Legal | Occupational Health & Safety

Protecting our protectors: addressing PTSD in the police force and emergency services

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an often debilitating mental health condition that results from witnessing or experiencing a single or series of traumatic events. It is now one of the leading causes of workers' compensation claims in Australia, particularly in the police force and emergency services, in which the prevalence of the disorder is almost…

31 Jan 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety

The impact of megatrends on WHS and workers’ compensation policy

The rise of the ‘gig economy’, emerging technologies, and an aging workforce raise numerous questions in the context of work health and safety (WHS) and workers’ compensation. There are concerns that current policy and regulatory frameworks may not be adequate or appropriate for the ‘workforce of the future’. But, until recently, such a workforce has…

14 Nov 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety

7 things you should know about reach truck training

First published in Forkliftaction.com News: Safety First column. Nick Welch is Senior Technical Development Executive for RTITB, the largest forklift training accrediting body in the UK and Ireland, recognised by the HSE, HSA and HSENI. Although specific training is required for reach truck operators, in some operations, the particular risks and challenges of reach trucks…

31 Aug 2018, by Informa Insights

Occupational Health & Safety

Skin Protection – What’s the Biggest Mistake You are Making?

Sun screen, hat, shade. We probably think we are being skin smart when we covered these three in the heat of summer. Well, that’s just part of story. Being skin smart is about understanding your environment and protecting yourself accordingly; and looking after your skin on a regular basis by visiting a skin specialist to…

31 Aug 2018, by Informa Insights

Occupational Health & Safety

How to Achieve Forklift Safety – An overview from the UK

First published in Forkliftaction.com News: Safety First column.  Stuart Taylor is Managing Director of Mentor FLT Training Limited, the UK’s leading provider of training and associated services for all types of materials handling equipment and workplace transport. Forklifts may appear innocuous, but their capacity to injure shouldn't be underestimated. Nor should their training requirements, as a leading household name recently…

23 Aug 2018, by Informa Insights

Occupational Health & Safety

What does the new global OHS standard mean for your organisation?

March 2018 saw the release of a new global standard of organizational health and safety (OH&S). The ISO 450001 is the first of its kind and will eventually replace the AS/NZS 4801:2001, over the course of the next three years. What does this mean for your organisation? Ahead of the Safety in Action Conference -…

8 Aug 2018, by Amy Sarcevic
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