Media releases

For all of the most recent media releases for the workplace health and safety research project.

17 July 2015

Steps towards safer workplaces

Researchers have developed a new tool to help employers create safer workplaces by better preventing injury and illness.

The Institute for Work and Health (IWH) in Canada have developed a practical survey tool originating in Canada, called the Institute for Work and Health-Organizational Performance Metric (IWH-OPM). A Monash research team have been testing the usefulness a version of this tool (the Organizational Performance Metric – Monash University, or OPM-MU) that has been adaptedspecifically for the Australian context. The research hopes to provide employers with a tool they can use to help them identify areas for health and safety improvement, people who are more at risk in the workplace, and steps to prevent incidents from occurring.

As part of a larger national study, they assessed the usefulness of the OPM-MU – a measure of eight occupational health and safety (OHS) leading indicators – to assess employees’ views of how healthy and safe their workplaces were. Read the full release

2 July 2015

Research to improve workplace health and safety in the education sector

Stress and burnout were among some of the health and safety concerns raised by Australian Education Union members working in schools, TAFEs and other education services.

A survey of nearly 5000 members of the Victorian branch of the Australian Education Union found that 51 per cent of their members had experienced an occupational health and safety incident in the previous year. Read the full release

23 April 2015

Health industry OHS issues in the spotlight

Work-related injury and illness are widespread in the health industry.

A survey of nearly 5000 members of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) found that 60 per cent of respondents had experienced an occupational health and safety (OHS) incident in the previous year. Personal carers tended to have had more incidents than others. Read the full release

 

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