Overview

Under work health and safety laws, PCBUs have a duty to protect workers from psychosocial risks as well as physical risks. The best way to do this is by applying the same risk management process used to manage physical risks, including consulting with workers.

Work-related mental health conditions (also known as psychological injuries) have become a major concern in Australian workplaces due to the negative impact on individual employees, and the costs associated with the long periods away from work that are typical of these claims. 

In May 2021, WHS ministers form the Commonwealth and all states and territories have agreed to amend the model WHS regulations to specifically address psychosocial hazards. Safe Work Australia is working closely with Mental Health Advisory Group drawing on its experience and expertise from work health and safety authorities, industry bodies and unions to develop a Model code of practice for Managing psychosocial hazards at work.

The best way to do this is by applying the same risk management process used to manage physical risks, including consulting with workers.

People at Work online psychosocial risk assessment tool

Workplaces can use the People at Work online risk assessment tool to identify and manage work-related risks to psychological health and compare themselves to other workplaces. 
This free online risk assessment tool is easy to use and includes supporting resources for businesses. 
Work health and safety laws require employers to eliminate or minimise work-related psychosocial risks as far as is reasonably practical. Use the People at Work online assessment tool to help your workplace identify, assess and action psychosocial risks. 

Who is this seminar for?

This presentation is for persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), such as employers, on how to manage the psychological risks in the workplace. 

About the presenter

Dianah Brown joined the Psychosocial and consultation policy area at Safe Work Australia in 2011. She is using her experience working with Model work health and safety laws to improve the way we improve psychosocial hazards. Dianah coordinates Safe Work Australia’s Mental Health Advisory Group drawing on its experience and expertise from work health and safety authorities, industry bodies and unions to develop a Model code of practice for Managing psychosocial hazards at work.
 
Supporting information

Additional information for workers and PCBUs is available at HeadsUp.


There are a number of services available to people who are feeling depressed, stressed or anxious. They include:

Further advice

Safe Work Australia has developed a range of resources to assist PCBU’s and workers in understanding their WHS responsibilities, identifying risks and managing control measures to reduce the risks. 

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