Archived News for OHS Sector Professionals - November, 2012
The uncontrollable and erratic shift patterns in the mining and energy sector is beginning to exact a toll on the mental and physical health of the industry’s workforce, according to a new report released by Griffith University.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed the passing of the Federal Government’s Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill through the Senate.
The Federal Government has launched a new toolkit aimed at improving the way unions, employers and business groups can support employees experiencing domestic or family violence and help them remain at work.
A leading drug testing expert has cast doubts over the effectiveness and reasoning behind drug testing in the workplace, saying that there is little evidence to suggest it changes behaviour of employees and may in fact drive them to use synthetic drugs or ‘harder’ substances that leave the system earlier than others.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has published the results of a national education and compliance campaign launched into the vehicle repair and maintenance industry, finding startlingly low compliance rates throughout the country.
The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) has expressed its concern over recent data that shows that pregnant women in the workplace are experiencing more perceived discrimination than last reported six years ago.
A recent study cited by Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) has found significant and widespread releases of methane and carbon dioxide concentrations around a coal seam gas field near Tara, Queensland.
An alarming percentage of working Australians are working an extra half hour a day in unpaid overtime, according to a new survey conducted by The Australia Institute.
Rail Skills Australia (RSA) has successfully delivered the first Rail Safety Workshop to industry leaders in Brisbane, aimed at assisting industry with familiarising themselves with the Rail Safety Act’s recent changes.
The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released a new discussion paper that suggests the uptake of new technology that would allow vehicles to ‘talk’ to each other could cut the road toll by as much as 25 per cent.
The Tasmanian Government has announced the State will be hosting the National Road Safety Forum next year following a meeting of Australian Infrastructure and Transport Ministers in Pert last week.
Teleworking is not only increasing the nation’s productivity, but also improving our general wellbeing according to new research released by the University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES).
The Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum has ramped up efforts to ensure that the safety of the state’s 11,000 underground mine workers are ensured through proper ventilation practices.
The New South Wales Government has released figures which it claims shows that its recent reforms to the Workers Compensation scheme are already producing benefits.
Australia will soon have updated rail safety worker medical standards after Commonwealth, State and Territory Transport and Infrastructure Ministers unanimously agreed to the reform.