Why welding in a confined space is so dangerous: argon gas, used commonly in welding, is 38% denser than air. It can displace oxygen close to the ground. Being undetectable, this can lead to loss of consciousness and asphyxiation.
The death of apprentice Dillon Wu at a Melbourne factory raises questions about employer responsibility when a traditional employment relationship doesn’t exist.
For women who work in education, the risks of workplace violence are especially high. New research shows rates of assaults have more than doubled between 2002 and 2015.
Violence-related injuries at work are on the rise in Canada. New research shows that it is women who suffer the most and especially those working in education.
Facebook moderators sift through hundreds of examples of distressing content during their shifts.
The news that a former moderator is suing Facebook over unsafe work practices suggests it’s time we finally took the mental health of moderators seriously.
And Brexit could make things even more challenging.
Class action is a newish feature within South Africa’s legal landscape. Cases such as the silicosis matter are likely to influence many more.
Lack of clear evidence on impairment from cannabis use has led to vastly different workplace policies. Police officers in Ottawa and Vancouver face no restrictions on their off-work use of cannabis as long as they are fit for duty, officers in Calgary have been banned from use and in Toronto they face a 28-day abstinence period.
Will offices, construction sites and medical clinics become less safe now that marijuana is legal in Canada? Our experts review the evidence, or lack of it.
Drops of marijuana extract are placed on candy in the kitchen of AmeriCanna Edibles in 2017 in Boulder, Colorado.
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The promised marijuana legalization date of July 2018 is approaching fast. Many outstanding regulatory issues – such as online sales and occupational health and safety – pose urgent challenges.
Volcanologists often visit active volcanoes in order to observe eruptions and collect samples of lava and ash.
Volcanologists study the formation and eruptions of volcanoes - surely one of the most interesting jobs around. However, it can also be very dangerous.
Staying alert and safe on the night shift not only affects workers’ health, but the health and safety of the people around them.
Taking a power nap on a night shift can leave you feeling groggy. And eating a large meal can reduce your alertness. So, what’s a tired shift worker to do to make it through the night?
Time scarcity acts as a barrier to good health, even if you have knowledge.
Healthy Australians slide into extreme inactivity and poor dietary choices over a just a few years of feeling time poor and rushed in their daily lives.
The 2010 Gulf of Mexico blowout prompted a technical review, but what about corporate soulsearching?
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As BP plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, questions can be asked about whether it has made the right changes to its working practices to avoid a repeat of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.
Practice makes perfect posture?
We often think of posture as a physical thing – but our minds play a crucial part too.
Navigating the welfare system is part of the daily work of most health and social care workers – from the therapists advising patients on how to survive a “fitness to work” assessment to the 30% of NHS…
Debate over potential pollutants calls for better tools to measure air quality.
Health effects from contamination on planes is controversial, not least because we don’t measure on-board air quality during ‘fume events’.
The economic cost of workplace injury and death equals about 4% of the world’s gross domestic product.
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Work has a very important role in health and well-being but it can also be a major risk factor for poor health, disability, and even death.
Ringing through the changes.
The Palace of Westminster is due to undergo a refurbishment and the original designs for its ventilation system are still relevant today.
Can super drugs make us super humans like Lucy?
The potential of “smart drugs” that improve our memory, focus and capacity for work has taken a hold of the popular imagination. Two recent blockbuster films have played a part. Both Limitless and Lucy…
People who experience compassion fatigue are taking on the issues they witness without an appropriate outlet.
Health and social workers often choose their profession because they want to help people. But seeing trauma and suffering on a regular basis can have a deep impact on these workers. “Compassion fatigue…
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the regulatory agency with primary responsibility for enforcing health and safety law across British workplaces, has released its latest annual statistics. According…
Coalmining poses risks that can’t be managed away.
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Fittingly for a report on a huge fire, the findings of the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry act as a smokescreen for the bigger issues behind the disaster. Partly because of its narrow terms of reference, the…