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Work outside the 9-5 has well-documented health issues due to body clock disruption, and now studies show links with poorer working memory and slower mental processing speed – this has implications for health and safety, researchers say. Continue →
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Cross-contamination of airborne viruses and diseases is nearly 20 times more likely indoors than out, yet most New Zealand employers and institutions have no formal air hygiene practices in place or guidelines to follow, Rentokil Initial New Zealand Managing Director Craig Wilson says With new research revealing 4 out of 5 Kiwis believe they are at risk of being exposed to Covid-19 and other airborne viruses in workplaces, Rentokil Initial is urging businesses to implement air hygiene practices to safeguard their employees and customers and help with the return to normal. Continue →
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If you can’t seem to keep work at bay, this out-of-hours practice could cost you your health, according to research from the University of South Australia Surveying more than 2200 academics and professional staff across 40 Australian universities, researchers found that employees who responded to digital work communications out of hours were more likely to suffer from burnout, psychological distress, and poor physical health. Continue →
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The arrival of the fast-spreading Omicron variant has prompted health officials worldwide to urge booster shots for all “If we can’t get our vaccination rate up, we’re basically waiting for everyone who still has no immunity to Covid to get infected instead,” Atlantic science and health reporter Sarah Zhang says. Continue →
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New Otago University research reveals that New Zealand’s construction workers are more than two times more likely to die by suicide than the rest of the workforce, but one group has achieved global recognition in trying to turn things around While construction workers make up about 9.5% of all workers, the study found that between 17.3% (2010/11) and 29.7% (2018/2019) of those who died by suicide in New Zealand were employed in the sector. Continue →
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New Zealand’s construction workplaces rate just 55 out of 100 in a new wellbeing study by Skills Consulting Group According to the Skills Consulting Group Work Wellbeing Index, which surveyed nearly 1500 Kiwi workers, New Zealand has an overall work wellbeing score of 62 out of 100, with construction coming in at 55. Continue →
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The Ministry of Health states vaping products have the potential to improve public health despite lack of evidence on long term effects E-cigarettes made their debut in the early 2000s as a potential cessation device or an alternative to cigarette products. Continue →
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The Government will reform New Zealand’s entire health system and scrap DHBs, but experts question whether these changes will properly address the issues in our healthcare industry More than eight decades of health reform have failed, and the current landscape of public and private healthcare interests is unstable, say New Zealand researchers Murray Horn and Des Gorman. Continue →
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Night owls may be twice as likely to underperform at work and additionally run a heightened risk of early retirement due to disability, a new study finds The early bird does indeed seem to get the worm, as morning people tend to go to bed early enough to get the recommended amount of sleep on standard working days, finds research published online in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine. Continue →
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New Zealand workers in the industrial and trades sectors are hesitant to take sick leave, with around two out of five workers (38 percent) saying it is unlikely that they would take sick leave if they felt ill, a report from OneStaff reveals The What’s My Rate? Continue →
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As the world pins its hopes on Pfizer’s announcement this week of an effective vaccine, Macquarie University researchers have unveiled a strategy addressing the question of who should be vaccinated first With thousands of scientists around the world racing to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, policy makers may need to decide who is at the front of the vaccination queue if initial supplies are limited. Continue →
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A COVID-19 vaccine based on an inactivated version of coronavirus has been shown to be safe and able to cause an immune response in more than 600 healthy adult patients, The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal has found All participants in the early stage trial in China developed antibodies, and no one developed a severe reaction in the month after getting the jab. Continue →
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Revelations that cigarette sales are falling faster than ever, with vaping a major factor, is again raising concerns that the Government’s move to restrict vaping flavours and potentially cap nicotine levels in vaping products will only slow such success The End Smoking NZ charity has analysed tobacco company returns published by the Ministry of Health, showing 2,132 million cigarettes were sold last year in New Zealand – 410 million fewer than just two years ago. Continue →
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A recent US study by the University of Colorado Boulder lets you measure the risk of airborne Coronavirus in our workplaces, schools and on public transport, National Geographic reports Amid the pandemic, once normal activities are peppered with questions and concerns.  Continue →
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When work-related stress starts to become chronic, it can become harmful to both your physical and mental well being, which can impact your overall performance No matter how much you enjoy your work, everyone has experienced stress in their job at some point. Continue →
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A global survey has found that most workers would continue to work when sick with flu-like symptoms, a move that could have dire consequences in the current pandemic The Australian and international research surveyed over 500 workers, around half of which were healthcare workers. Continue →
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Given the extraordinary circumstances that Covid-19 presents, it is admirable the Ministry of Health has forged ahead with the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme, which came into effect as planned on 1 April, says Helius Therapeutics Chief Executive Paul Manning Since the final regulations were announced late last year, the Ministry has been working closely with the country’s newest industry. Continue →
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