2023 Interim Review of the List of Deemed Disease in Australia report

Workplace safety authority, Safe Work Australia, has recently released the 2023 Interim Review of the List of Deemed Diseases in Australia report, along with an updated List of Deemed Diseases and its accompanying guidance resources. This reflects the body’s commitment to regularly re-evaluating workplace health conditions in light of new medical and scientific advancements and their implications for work safety products like WHS management systems and SWMS.

In this particular interim review, focused attention was placed on examining up-to-date scientific data relating to COVID-19, as well as firefighter-related cancers, Japanese encephalitis, and other diseases commonly affecting veterinarians.

The revised List of Deemed Diseases in Australia now includes malignant mesothelioma and bladder cancer as conditions associated with firefighting roles. Interestingly, COVID-19 has been removed from the list. WHS management modifies accordingly to these changes, emphasising the usefulness of comprehensive systems like the Bluesafe WHS Management System in adapting swiftly to shifts in recognised occupational diseases.

To find out more about these changes and how your workplace compensation might be affected, read more at Workers’ Compensation | Safe Work Australia. Reminder that it is essential in keeping a safe working environment to apply preventive measures and always keep up to date with established work safety policies and Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS). The use of services like Bluesafe SWMS can ensure the highest standard of compliance with these policies for the welfare of all employees.

Original article link: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/media-centre/news/2023-interim-review-list-deemed-disease-australia-report