Workplace stress takes its toll

Adrienne Cottell - Thursday, June 19, 2014

Stress is having at least some impact on the physical health of 75 per cent of Australian workers and the mental health of 68 per cent of workers, according to a recent survey.

Conducted by the Australian Psychological Society (APS), it also found that one in seven working Australians reported depressive symptoms in the severe to extremely severe range.

"Work-related stress is a problem that not only affects the health and wellbeing of employees, but also workplace productivity," said Lyn Littlefield, executive director of the APS.

"Stress can occur in a wide range of situations, but is often made worse when employees feel they have little support from supervisors and colleagues or little control over their work. Thus, it's a problem that demands a collective solution. It is vital for us to examine why workers are feeling this way."

The survey found that employees reported significantly lower job satisfaction and levels of interest in their job than in previous years, while only 46 per cent of working Australians reported receiving regular feedback and recognition for their work, which Littlefield said should be of concern to employers.


No Improvements in Fall Fatalities

Adrienne Cottell - Tuesday, June 03, 2014

There has been no change over the past ten years in the number of workers killed each year due to a fall from height, according to a recent Safe Work Australia report.

Fair Work Commission releases anti-bullying

Adrienne Cottell - Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Fair Work Commission recently released its draft anti-bullying management process.  It is directed at preventing workers from being bullied at work.  Does your workplace have an anti-bullying policy in place?

Safety Systems YouTube clip

Adrienne Cottell - Sunday, November 10, 2013

Why you should have a tailored Safety Management System is outlined in the following YouTube clip.

Be prepared for flood and storm season: Qld

Adrienne Cottell - Saturday, November 09, 2013

With the Bureau of Meteorology predicting about four cyclones for Queensland this year, business owners should remember that their workplaces need to be prepared, according to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ).

 “If your workplace is affected by a storm or flood, remember that workplace safety laws still apply when cleaning up, managing volunteers and working at heights,” said WHSQ in a recent update.

Construction SWMS

Adrienne Cottell - Saturday, November 09, 2013

Gloria Kyriacou Morosinotto, director of Contract Safety Solutions, said it is high time the construction industry reviewed its understanding of the fundamental objective of SWMS and the legislative provisions regulating SWMS for high risk construction work.

"SWMS have become overly complicated and unworkable, with too much detail and information that is not relevant to the people undertaking the work activity," she said

Therefore make sure your SWMS are working for your company…

Work-related mental stress

Adrienne Cottell - Saturday, November 02, 2013

Work-related mental stress workers' compensation claims are the most expensive form of workers' compensation claim because they usually involve lengthy periods of absence.

Work health and safety not just a physical issue, there can be mental stressors that effect workers.

Workers should take the initiative and leave work on time or go for a walk at lunch time to get out of the workplace and get some fresh air and de-stress.

Work Health and Safety Act

Adrienne Cottell - Friday, October 11, 2013

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 has been in since January 2012.  Is your workplace compliant with this legislation? Check your Safety Policy to see if you are compliant.

Heat Stress

Adrienne Cottell - Friday, October 11, 2013

We are coming into summer so workplaces need to prepare for the hotter months and be ready with a plan to prevent heat stress.  You need to provide workers with fresh drinking water and conditions to be able to work safely.  Outdoor workers need to be sun smart – hat, UV protection clothing and sunscreen.  For more information Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has put out a fact sheet on Heat Stress.

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