This page provides information to support week 2 of National Safe Work Month 2021: Mental health.
This page provides information to support week 2 of National Safe Work Month: Mental health.
This includes identifying and managing the psychosocial risks which can cause harm to both mental and physical health. It also includes information to promote awareness of World Mental Health day on Sunday 10 October 2021.
PCBUs must eliminate or minimise work-related psychosocial risks to protect their workers’ mental and physical health.
This October, think safe. work safe. be safe. – identify and manage the psychosocial hazards at your workplace.
Think safe. work safe. be safe. - Mental Health
This October, think safe, work safe and be safe and manage psychosocial hazards at your workplace #ThinkWorkBeSafe.
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.
Safe Work Australia has a range of resources to assist PCBUs and workers to understand their WHS responsibilities, identify risks and manage control measures to reduce the risks.
Don’t forget psychosocial hazards when you manage health and safety at your work.
Mental Health and Psychosocial hazards
Psychosocial hazards include:
|Job demands||Poor support|
|Violence and aggression||Remote or isolated work|
|Bullying||Lack of role clarity|
|Harassment including sexual harassment||Poor organisational change management|
|Conflict or poor workplace relationships and interactions||Inadequate reward and recognition|
|Low job control||Poor organisational justice|
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 control psychosocial risks.
Reduce the risk of your workers developing a psychological injury by managing psychosocial risks this October and beyond.
Steps to prevent psychological injury at work
Safe Work Australia’s Infographic: Four steps to preventing psychological injury at work shows how the risk management process can be applied to psychosocial risks.
Step 1: Identify psychological hazards and risks by:
- talking and listening to your workers
- inspecting your workplace
- taking note of how your workers interact
- reviewing reports and records, and
- using a survey tool to gather information.
Step 2: Assess risks
Consider what could happen if workers are exposed to the identified hazards and risks.
Step 3: Control risks
Where possible, eliminate the risk. This is always the safest option, but if it isn’t possible, minimise the risk so far as is reasonably practicable through planning and prevention.
Step 4: Review and maintain control measures
Maintain, monitor and review control measures regularly to ensure they remain effective.
Consult your workers throughout the process. You should use agreed consultation processes such as health and safety representatives or committees if you have them.
If you have identified psychosocial hazards at your work – treat them like all other WHS hazards and manage risks by implementing effective control measures.
Create a WHS culture in your workplace that protects workers’ mental health.
See resources we have developed to support you to identify and manage psychosocial risks in the workplace:
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.
- Guide: Work-related psychological health and safety: A systematic approach to meeting your duties
- Workplace violence and aggression web page
- Workplace violence and aggression – guidance for small business
- Workplace violence and aggression – advice for workers
- Online abuse factsheet for workers
- Online abuse factsheet for employers
- Family and domestic violence at the workplace – information sheet
- Guide: Preventing and responding to workplace bullying
- Workplace sexual harassment web page
- Preventing workplace violence and aggression guide
- Preventing workplace sexual harassment – guidance for small business
- Workplace sexual harassment – advice for workers