Work Health and Safety

How to deal with heatwaves at work

Date Published: 19/01/2023
Category: Work Health and Safety

The impacts of extreme temperatures are deadly. That is why it’s important to know how to keep yourself safe during a heatwave, your rights at work and what additional support is available. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2023/01/19/how-to-deal-with-heatwaves-at-work/

Work rights and support during floods and heavy rains

Date Published: 19/01/2023
Category: Work Health and Safety

If you have been impacted by the recent floods in South Australia or Western Australia, or the heavy rain in Queensland, this information will help you plan your next steps.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2023/01/19/work-rights-and-support-during-floods-and-heavy-rains/

Turning up to work unwell? You need a Health and Safety Representative

Date Published: 21/12/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

78 per cent of workers with an HSR at their workplace said their workplace complies with its own Health and Safety policies, compared to just 50 per cent of workers with no HSR present. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/12/21/turning-up-to-work-unwell-you-need-a-health-and-safety-representative/

We mustache the question: how can we protect mental health at work

Date Published: 11/11/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

Movember shines a light on how men’s mental health has been a taboo topic, shrouded by notions of toxic masculinity. In doing so, it also shows us how important it is for us to be able to have a frank approach to mental health in the workplace without fear of stigmatisation. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/11/11/we-mustache-the-question-how-can-we-protect-mental-health-at-work/

How to protect your mental health at work

Date Published: 10/10/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

If your mental health is under strain at work, you’re not alone. 21 per cent of workers surveyed said they experienced mental health issues related to work in the last 12 months.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/10/10/how-to-protect-your-mental-health-at-work/

How unions make workplace mental health more than an annual check-in

Date Published: 08/09/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

If your employer is relying on days like R U OK to check in on your mental health – or worse, requesting workmates check in on each other one day a year without support from management – then that’s a huge red flag.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/09/08/how-unions-make-workplace-mental-health-more-than-an-annual-check-in/

Four tips for taking a mental health day

Date Published: 16/08/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

Really, we shouldn’t have to think twice about taking a sick day when we want to look after our mental health. But if you have any doubts or simply just want to make the most of your day off, here are four tips that will come in handy. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/08/16/four-tips-for-taking-a-mental-health-day/

The deadly dust behind your kitchen bench

Date Published: 19/07/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

A new study from Curtin University predicts as many as 10,000 Australians will develop lung cancer in their lifetime due to exposure to silica dust. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/07/19/the-deadly-dust-behind-your-kitchen-bench/

How to prepare for the third wave of COVID-19

Date Published: 14/07/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

COVID hospitalisations in Australia have soared to more than 4,000 people. The last time we saw a figure this high was in February this year during the summer Omicron outbreak.  

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/07/14/how-to-prepare-for-the-third-wave-of-covid-19/

A discount on yoga classes doesn’t cut it: Three common signs of a mentally unhealthy workplace and how to fix it

Date Published: 13/06/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

Things don’t have to break before they can be fixed The world is waking up to the importance of workers who feel supported, safe and satisfied.   Unfortunately, sometimes the business’s profitability drives this change in the workplace.   The purely profit-driven approach to mental health goes something like this: Happy workers are hard workers. Hard workers…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/06/13/a-discount-on-yoga-classes-doesnt-cut-it-three-common-signs-of-a-mentally-unhealthy-workplace-and-how-to-fix-it/

What Injured Workers Day means for Australians

Date Published: 01/06/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

Injured Workers Day is about fighting for concrete changes to workplace legislation and make sure every worker can go to work and get home safely. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/06/01/what-injured-workers-day-means-for-australians/

Workplace fatalities increase 32% under Morrison Government

Date Published: 27/04/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

Showing up at work shouldn’t mean putting your life at risk. But a report from the ACTU shows Morrison’s failings have endangered workers lives. 

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/04/27/workplace-fatalities-increase-32-under-morrison-government/

Let’s talk about Mental Health at Work

Date Published: 22/03/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

Australia has come a long way in recognising the importance of addressing workplace mental health, but there’s still a long way to go.  
  
The best way to protect your mental health at work? Joining your union.  

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/03/22/lets-talk-about-mental-health-at-work/

Morrison can no longer leave the disabilities sector to struggle alone

Date Published: 28/02/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

Earlier this month, unions, workers, service providers and people with disability met with MPs in Canberra to call on the Morrison Government to provide the disability sector with much needed support.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/02/28/morrison-can-no-longer-leave-the-disabilities-sector-to-struggle-alone/

COVID positive workers no longer forced back to work

Date Published: 19/01/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

Thanks to the power of workers organising and hundreds of messages sent to Woolworths’ Facebook page over the weekend, every worker who has tested positive for COVID will be able to isolate, rest at home and recover.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/01/19/covid-positive-workers-no-longer-forced-back-to-work/

Unions prepared to take “whatever steps are necessary” to keep their workplaces safe

Date Published: 18/01/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

The union movement will do everything we can to keep people safe and act to slow the spread of this latest wave of the Covid pandemic.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/01/18/unions-prepared-to-take-whatever-steps-are-necessary-to-keep-their-workplaces-safe/

Covid positive abattoir workers forced back to work

Date Published: 14/01/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

Teys Australia will force South Australian abattoir workers who are COVID positive to report for duty at work on Monday.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/01/14/covid-positive-abattoir-workers-forced-back-to-work/

Symptoms at work? You have the right to leave

Date Published: 13/01/2022
Category: Work Health and Safety

But if you’re in a sweat because you’re worried about leaving work due to having Covid-19 symptoms – don’t be. It’s your right.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2022/01/13/symptoms-at-work-you-have-the-right-to-leave/

New workplace mental health guide for health and safety representatives

Date Published: 29/11/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety

Work is a significant factor in people’s mental health. We know that meaningful, rewarding, good work can impact positively on our mental health. Equally we know that issues such as high workloads, customer and client aggression and poor workplace relationships can adversely impact on workers’ mental health. Just like physical health and safety hazards, such…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/11/29/new-workplace-mental-health-guide-for-health-and-safety-representatives/

National Asbestos Awareness Week

Date Published: 26/11/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety

Australia’s asbestos legacy still impacts thousands of people Australia’s asbestos legacy still impacts thousands of people every year.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/11/26/national-asbestos-awareness-week/

The verdict is in: Safe workplaces are union workplaces

Date Published: 17/11/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety

We all know it, but now we’ve got the numbers to prove it. Union workplaces are safer than non-union workplaces.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/11/17/the-verdict-is-in-safe-workplaces-are-union-workplaces/

Lifting the floor in transport and logistics benefits everyone

Date Published: 05/11/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety

Over recent months, the global supply chain crisis has attracted increasing media attention, writes Lauren Piko

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/11/05/global-supply-chain-crisis/

Young people are one of the biggest victims of insecure work. Here’s why.

Date Published: 04/11/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety

Have a chat with almost any young worker and you’ll quickly find out that work/life isn’t what it used to be. Now, we have the data to prove it.  The ACTU’s Work Shouldn’t Hurt report found that, of the respondents aged under 24:  3 in 10 workers have experienced sexual harassment Over a third (37%)…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/11/04/insecure-work-young-people/

Another dark side of insecure work: The scourge of sexual harassment in insecure workplaces

Date Published: 21/10/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety

We know that insecure work can have several poor economic outcomes for workers. However, what is rarely talked about is the how safety issues, like sexual harassment, are often compounded by these exploitative business models.  A new survey commissioned by the ACTU found that 26% of retail workers and 22% of health workers reported experiencing…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/10/21/insecure-work-sexual-harassment/

Insecure Work is putting people at risk, here’s why

Date Published: 15/10/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety

We know that insecure work is a disaster for workers, and new research by Australian Unions has revealed just how dangerous it can be. Our recent survey found that more than two thirds of insecure workers didn’t take time off when they were injured or ill. Why? Because they feared it would negatively impact their…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/10/15/insecure-work-is-putting-people-at-risk-heres-why/

Now’s the time to take a mental health day

Date Published: 07/10/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety

October 10 is World Mental Health Day. It’s got us thinking about the other type of mental health day and just how important it is to take one.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/10/07/take-a-mental-health-day/

The hidden epidemic of work-related mental health issues

Date Published: 06/10/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety

A new survey has revealed mental health as the fastest growing challenge to the safety of working people in their workplaces.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/10/06/work-related-mental-health-issues/

Have you faced age discrimination in the workplace?

Date Published: 01/10/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety Workers rights

Age discrimination in the workplace is more common than you might think. But what is it and what you can do if you experience it?

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/10/01/age-discrimination-in-the-workplace/

Are you being bullied at work?

Date Published: 15/09/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety Workers rights

To help protect yourself from bullying in the workplace, we explain what bullying is and isn’t, and what to do if it’s happening to you.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/09/15/are-you-being-bullied-at-work/

Vaccination is an act of solidarity

Date Published: 08/09/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety

Australian Unions has launched a national campaign to encourage working people to get vaccinated to support essential workers and those who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/09/08/vaccination-is-an-act-of-solidarity/

The cost of workplace mental health issues is staggering. Here’s how we can change it

Date Published: 14/05/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety

Workplace mental health issues are costing the economy $200-220 billion per year. Changes to safety laws will be good for workers and the economy.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/05/14/the-cost-of-mental-health/

Will Minister Cash vote to protect workers’ mental health?

Date Published: 07/05/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety Working life

Working Australians are counting on Minister Cash to better protect them from mental health hazards, writes Chloe Ward

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/05/07/vote-to-protect-workers-mental-health/

Frontline workers aren’t getting their vaccinations – what isn’t the Government telling us?

Date Published: 16/04/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety

For a Prime Minister who’s big on announcements, Scott Morrison has been strangely quiet about the vaccine rollout amongst care workers.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/04/16/frontline-workers-arent-getting-their-vaccinations-what-isnt-the-government-telling-us/

Safe Work 4 Women: enough talk – it’s time for action

Date Published: 14/04/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety Workers rights Working women

Australian Unions has joined together with a diverse group of organisations representing women’s rights to demand the Morrison Government deliver real safety at work for women.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/04/14/safe-work-4-women/

What to do if you are sexually harassed at work

Date Published: 22/02/2021
Category: Work Health and Safety Workers rights

When former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins shared her account of sexual assault in the workplace, it sent shockwaves through Parliament and the wider community.

But for many women, what emerged from the headlines was a distressingly familiar story of toxic workplace cultures, unacceptable tolerance of sexual harassment, and a complete failure of those in charge to protect victims.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2021/02/22/what-to-do-if-you-are-sexually-harassed-at-work/

Workers Memorial Day

Date Published: 10/04/2018
Category: Work Health and Safety

On April 28th each year across the globe we take a moment to remember those who have died at work and recommit ourselves to making work safe. Over many years unions and their members have struggled to make work safer and we have done a great job but still too many people die at work or…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/2018/04/10/workers-memorial-day/