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- 10/09/16--13:53: _Young worker resear...
- 10/24/16--16:59: _Cabbage Salad and S...
- 11/06/16--12:30: _Gender, violence, B...
- 02/12/17--12:52: _How much attention ...
- 03/09/17--14:40: _Ferguson shows one ...
- 04/02/17--14:11: _Autonomy, safety, d...
- 05/07/17--15:00: _Real men and work-r...
- 06/05/17--15:00: _New approach to men...
- 01/04/18--13:00: _Sexual harassment m...
- 03/07/18--16:12: _#MeToo, #TimesUp an...
- 08/02/18--18:51: _Is the Senate a wor...
- 10/22/18--13:00: _The importance of e...
- 10/09/16--13:53: Young worker research misses the mark
- 10/24/16--16:59: Cabbage Salad and Safety – Episode 5
- 11/06/16--12:30: Gender, violence, Batty, Hulls and business preparedness
- 02/12/17--12:52: How much attention should we give to gender in OHS?
- 03/09/17--14:40: Ferguson shows one way to harness social media for change
- 04/02/17--14:11: Autonomy, safety, diversity, equality and productivity
- 05/07/17--15:00: Real men and work-related suicide
- 03/07/18--16:12: #MeToo, #TimesUp and #OHS
- 08/02/18--18:51: Is the Senate a workplace?
On October 7 2016, Victoria’s trade union movement held a Young Worker Conference. The major public statement from that conference was the launch of a survey report called Young Workers Health and Safety Snapshot. The report has received some mainstream press which is not unusual for this type of trade union member survey. Almost twenty years ago a similar type of survey from the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) launched the issue of workplace bullying into the Australian consciousness. The media article mentioned above focussed on the sexual harassment elements of the survey report More…
October is National Safety Month in Australia and episode 5 of the Cabbage Salad and Safety podcast discusses a range of topics to mirror the diversity of National Safety Month. Siobhan Flores-Walsh and myself talk about: Conferences Culture Gender in Safety Mental Health Simple Safety vs Complex Safety Innovation Marketing and social media The Gender in Safety conversation is one that I intend to expand upon in the coming weeks and is useful to notion relation to the increasing number of “women in safety”- type events. This podcast is a mixed bag but I am interested More…
Recently the Victorian Women Lawyers conducted a seminar into the outcomes of Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence. SafetyAtWorkBlog attended even though the topic seems, initially, to have a tenuous link to occupational health and safety (OHS). Family violence is relevant to OHS through its influence on workplace mental ill-health, productivity and the need for cultural change. The guest speakers included Rob Hulls, Rosie Batty, and Antoinette Braybrook (pictured). Progress needs Trust Batty stated early in the seminar that we are a “victim-blaming society”where victims do not know who they can trust and therefore hesitate to raise issues More…
I once had to stop a potential fight on a construction site between a works supervisor and a safety professional. The verbal abuse and niggling occurred for several minutes before the men’s chest were inflated like roosters and it was at this point I stepped in to diffuse the situation by asking some questions as … Continue reading "How much attention should we give to gender in OHS?"
Kirstin Ferguson has been an amazing advocate for occupational health and safety (OHS), good governance, Board responsibility, and gender diversity. She is receiving a great deal of media attention lately for her Celebrating Women campaign on social media. Ferguson has inspired, and been inspired by, many people in the OHS profession in Australia and is … Continue reading "Ferguson shows one way to harness social media for change"
Discussion about gender in the workplace peaks each year around International Women’s Day on March 8. Occasionally there is renewed localised interest when an issue pops up but the issue of gender permeates our thoughts, our planning and our conduct all the time. Recently, SafetyAtWorkBlog had the chance to ask some questions about gender and … Continue reading "Autonomy, safety, diversity, equality and productivity"
Recently Huffington Post Australia posted a video about male suicides called “Men are killing themselves to be real men”. Many of the speakers talked about their experiences at work or with work. The video is highly recommended. SafetyAtWorkBlog had the opportunity to talk with the Associate Video Editor, Emily Verdouw. Below is an edited transcript. What was the … Continue reading "Real men and work-related suicide"
On 6 June 2017, headspace, the common name for the National Youth Mental Health Foundation which is funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Health, launched its latest campaign on the mental health of young men, in this instance, and the importance that Fathers can play in starting conversations with their sons. It is a worthy … Continue reading "New approach to mental health of young men needs to expand to include work"
One online news site in Australia has suggested that sexual harassment is an occupational health and safety (OHS) issue. At first blush, it should be. Sexual harassment can create mental ill-health and can certainly be harmful. But from the early days of discussions about workplace bullying and occupational violence in Australia, sexual harassment has been … Continue reading "Sexual harassment may be an OHS issue but what priority should it receive?"
Being International Women’s Day, the media is awash with articles about pay rates, gender equality and sexual harassment. One of those articles is written by Sarah Ralph of Norton Rose Fullbright. Ralph provides a good summary of the current gender issues and recent media attention (may require registration but it’s free). She makes several recommendations … Continue reading "#MeToo, #TimesUp and #OHS"
Recently Australian media was entranced with an argument over gender politics between two Senators, David Leyonjhelm and Sarah Hanson-Young. One of the elements in the argument concerns sexual harassment in the workplace but is the Australian Parliament a workplace like any other Australian workplace? And does this really matter? In the aftermath of the initial … Continue reading "Is the Senate a workplace?"
At the recent Scientific Meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine (ANZSOM), Allison Milner stepped in for an ill Tony La Montagne and added value to his intended presentation on workplace mental health. This meeting is different from other conferences in one particular way, in relies on evidence and not marketing for … Continue reading "The importance of evidence in addressing workplace mental health issues"