Safe Work Australia has amended the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations and published a new model code of practice to make duties in relation to psychosocial hazards clearer and help duty holders comply with these duties.
A series of Freedom of Information (FoI) requests made by the trade union Unite (https://www.unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2022/august/frightening-drop-in-construction-safety-inspections-exposed/) has highlighted a significant decline in the number of ‘proactive’ inspections that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has made in the construction sector since 2013/14.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published the third edition of its free-to-order Fire safety in construction (https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg168.htm) book, which includes an added focus on eliminating or reducing fire risks at the design stage.
A new report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has underlined the need for stronger OSH protections in response to the growing focus on psychosocial work to support wellbeing and productivity, changes to working practices brought about by COVID-19 and technological advances in the economy.
Only 40% of disabled workers surveyed (https://www.learningdisabilitytoday.co.uk/two-thirds-of-disabled-workers-think-businesses-should-do-more-to-support-them-into-employment) by a hiring platform believe there are good employment opportunities available to them despite UK government figures showing a twelve-fold increase in ‘Disability Confident’ job adverts