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Healthcare | Occupational Health & Safety

How to stop violence in hospitals

‘Prevention not cure’ has long been considered the Holy Grail of healthcare, but what if this same logic was applied to security in healthcare settings, in place of reactive strategies for combatting patient violence? Associate Professor Paul Preisz who founded Australia’s first ever PANDA (Psychiatric, Alcohol and Non-Prescription Drug Assessment) unit believes preventing – not…

9 Nov 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety | Uncategorised

How to manage COVID risk in the workplace

Managing COVID-19 risk in the workplace will likely be an ongoing challenge for employers in the years ahead. With international borders now re-opening, and workers filtering back into the office, company directors will begin to bear the full brunt of keeping their teams safe. Wade Needham, a General Manager at Fresh Country Farms Australia believes…

8 Nov 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety

The right way to handle a bullying or harassment complaint according to SafeWork NSW

As a manager or director of a large corporation, what would you do if you received an employee complaint about bullying or harassment within your team? For most people, the answer is the same: forward the matter to human resources, where an investigation will decide whether the accused person has breached the company’s Code of…

29 Oct 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Legal | Occupational Health & Safety

Mentally healthy workplaces – a necessary reform for our mental health

Australian employers are facing increasing pressure to address mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Every year on average eight million working days are lost due to mental ill-health, with one in five people (21 percent) taking time off because they feel stressed, anxious or depressed. Stigma and discrimination is also an issue, with 78.1…

10 Mar 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety

How to create mentally healthy workplaces – an interview with Ian Firth, SafeWork NSW

Over the years there has been much talk about ‘mentally healthy workplaces’, spurring corporates to adopt a host of office perks like free fruit, seated massage, and lunchtime yoga. Whilst these measures are valuable, Ian Firth of SafeWork NSW explains that WHS legislation requires a more systematic approach to psychosocial hazard reduction - with factors…

19 Jan 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Occupational Health & Safety

Renewed focus on nurse and midwife safety needed during COVID-19, says ANMF President

If you work in the healthcare sector, you are likely no stranger to the issue of workplace violence. According to the World Health Organisation between 8 and 38 percent of health workers will experience physical assault at some point in their careers, and a significantly greater number will be exposed to it. This year though…

30 Oct 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety | Technology | Transport & Logistics

Is the Hierarchy of Controls always valid in the age of software systems?

According to the Hierarchy of Controls – a framework that has long been used for minimising workplace hazards - engineering controls are inherently safer than administrative controls. However, as consultant Neil Robinson explains ahead of the RISSB Rail Safety Conference, this is not always the case. “There are three issues to consider when deciding whether…

1 Oct 2020, by Informa Insights

Education | Occupational Health & Safety

How to evaluate your school’s COVID-19 safety program

Infection avoidance, liability avoidance, and government compliance. As a school governor, it is easy to think that you have your COVID-19 risk management plan down pat. However, safely increasing occupancy numbers in schools during the pandemic is a deceptively complex task, according to Lt. John Weinstein of the Northern Virginia Community College Police Department, USA.…

30 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Legal | Occupational Health & Safety

Preparing for workplace manslaughter provisions in Victoria

In October 2019, the Victorian Labor Government submitted its Workplace Manslaughter (WM) legislation to state Parliament.  The bill has already passed the lower house and is currently before the upper house (Legislative Council); where it will need the support of cross-bench members. If passed, Victoria will become the third state in Australia to enact WM…

20 Nov 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety

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 Informa Insights
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