Know safety, work safely – Mental health

Monday 10 October is World Mental Health Day and marks the start of our focus on mental health for National Safe Work Month.

Managing risks to mental health at work is just as important as managing risks to physical safety.

The things at work that can harm mental health are called psychosocial hazards. Persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs), such as employers, have a legal duty to prevent exposure to psychosocial hazards and risks at work. 

Psychosocial hazards can arise from the way work is designed and managed. Common hazards can include job demands that are either too high or too low, low job control and poor support.

This week, take a moment and have a conversation about psychosocial hazards at work. Download our resource for information about common hazards that may arise at work.

For practical information on psychosocial hazards and how they can be managed, see the Model Code of Practice: Managing psychosocial hazards at work.

For more information about National Safe Work Month and to download the resources, go to the National Safe Work Month week 2 – Mental health web page.

Next week we focus on managing risks and preventing harm. During this week, we look at ways to manage WHS risks and prevent injuries and disease, including how and when to consult with workers on health and safety. For resources to help you know safety, work safely this October and beyond, go to the National Safe Work Month website