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Transitioning to job redesign: improving workplace health and safety in the COVID-19 era
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  1. Carlo Caponecchia1,
  2. Elizabeth C Mayland2
  1. 1 School of Aviation, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2 School of Health and Society, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Carlo Caponecchia, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2204, Australia; carloc{at}unsw.edu.au

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Godderis and Luyten1 astutely identified key roles for occupational health professionals amidst the COVID-19 economic downturn. However, in addition to supporting the return to work, and dealing with secondary health effects of the crisis,1 Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) professionals can lead the adaptation of organisations to an altered world of work by focusing on an active agenda with long-term benefits: improving work design.

While the lockdowns and growing economic crisis raise challenging employment issues and widening health inequalities for some,1 many others in continuing roles are working in changed conditions: with new technology, in new spaces, with reduced social and physical interaction, and less supervision and support.

Changes to work extend beyond white collar workers in …

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