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August 2019

New research to support workers diagnosed with silicosis

WorkCover Queensland has engaged two leading universities to undertake important research on how to best support workers who have been diagnosed with silicosis, Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has announced.

Step off the sidelines and stand up for safety during Safe Work Month

If you are serious about safety, then why not host and register your own Safe Work Month event this year.

Preventing sprains and strains starts with a conversation

More than 60 per cent of all serious injury claims in Queensland are from sprains and strains (musculoskeletal disorders) and the financial and human costs are high.

Embracing drones to enhance safety

Queensland safety professionals have a chance to see how drone technology can reduce risks for workers and improve productivity at this year’s Drones enhancing safety workshop hosted by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

Crackdown on unsafe asbestos activity

Queensland has strong laws protecting workers and the community from asbestos risks, with an ongoing campaign by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland targeting unsafe work practices.

Work-related violence and aggression in health services

Health care and social assistance is an important part of the Queensland economy. It includes 14 per cent of the state’s workforce, which is more than any other industry.

Locality profiles shine a light on regional workers’ compensation claims

Nearly 95 per cent of injured workers in Brisbane return to some form of employment, with injured workers off the job for 42.3 days on average for each workers’ compensation claim requiring time off work.

New resource to boost psychological health in the workplace

Work-related stress can be caused by psychosocial hazards and factors in the workplace, including poor workplace relationships, high work demands, long working hours and exposure to workplace violence. These factors may also be compounded by domestic issues such as financial problems or relationship difficulties.

Fine imposed for high-pressure clean of asbestos roof

A ruling in the Southport Magistrates Court recently has highlighted the dangers of cleaning asbestos roofs and that safety standards must be followed.

National taskforce to tackle dust diseases

The Australian Government Department of Health has established a National Dust Disease Taskforce to develop a national approach to the prevention, early identification, control and management of dust diseases in Australia.

Stop use and recall notice for 3M Fall Protection

3m Fall Protection has announced an immediate stop use and product recall of its DBI-SALA Nano-Lok edge and Wrap Back Twin-Leg Self Retracting Lifelines.

Supporting workers with endometriosis

Safe Work Australia has published a new resource as part of the National Action Plan on Endometriosis. The information is primarily for employers to increase awareness of the prevalence and impact the disease has on workers and its potential impact on work safety.

Free program helping workers get their health back on track

Since launching in 2017, the My health for life program has helped more than 6,500 Queenslanders achieve their health goals, such as weight loss, eating better, moving more, improved sleep quality and reducing stress levels.

Deep dive into safety at Safe Work Month Masterclasses

Want to get deeper into work health and safety issues? Our two-hour masterclasses in Safe Work Month focus on obligations of supervisors, good work design for psychological injuries, resolving conflict and current and emerging occupational lung disease.

Workplace exposure standards: release schedule and opportunities to comment on draft recommendations

Safe Work Australia is evaluating the Workplace Exposure Standards for airborne contaminants to ensure they are based on the highest quality contemporary evidence and supported by a rigorous scientific approach.

Get involved in Queensland Mental Health Week 2019

Get involved in Mental Health Week this October and show your commitment to positive mental health at your workplace.

Case study: Targeting sprain and strain injuries in aged care

A Gayndah aged care home has seen a major improvement in worker injury rates after overhauling its health, safety and injury management processes to target musculoskeletal injuries.

Webinars to help managers prevent MSDs

Check out our series of free webinars targeting MSDs through safety leadership, engaging and communicating, and performance indicators.

Influencing work safety decision-makers – survey now underway

Why are some health and safety initiatives and projects easier to approve than others? If you’re a decision-maker, can you articulate what influencing strategies make it easier to make a decision?

Last updated
28 August 2019

Register for a free information session

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists will deliver 10 information sessions across the state.

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Free information session