The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has updated the ‘Guidelines for workplace return to work programs’. Following extensive stakeholder consultation, the updated guidelines came into effect on 31 May 2017 and replace the version released in 2010. Employers should update their return to work (RTW) program to ensure it complies with these guidelines at the […]

‘Sitting is the new smoking,’ says Anup Kanodia, a physician and researcher at Wexner Medical Centre in Ohio. Concern about risks to the health of sedentary workers and potential impact on businesses is on the rise. Sedentary behaviours are a known risk factor for cancer, heart disease, type II diabetes and premature death. ’Move more, […]

If you care about improving safety in your business and want help to get started, make a safety promise – a public commitment to health and safety. This is a powerful but simple way to show everyone that you care about the people in your workplace. Go to the safety starts with you website and […]

Since 2001, there have been more than 220 deaths across Australia involving quad bikes, predominantly on farms. Graham, a farmer from Orange, knows all too well how dangerous quad bikes can be. Here he tells his story of the day he had an accident that could easily have ended his life.   Alicia, a farmer […]

The importance of workplace health and safety is never more poignant than on the annual Day of Mourning on April 28 – where the lives of people lost as a result of workplace incidents or occupational disease are remembered in services held across the state. Unions NSW hosts a service in Reflection Park, Darling Harbour […]

Construction is one of our most dangerous industries with an unenviable track record of serious injuries and fatalities. Every year without fail, NSW incident statistics paint a grim picture and the consequences for the injured person, their family and employer’s business are often devastating. And what all cases have in common is that the incident […]

If you’re a typical time-poor small employer, why on earth would you want to devote valuable time encouraging your workers to get healthier? Well, aside from a big morale boost, business benefits could be up to three times more productivity, less sick leave and fewer injuries. In a nutshell, a healthy workplace is very good […]