Week 2 - Mental Health - National Safe Work Month

Mental (psychological) health, just like physical health, is an important part of work health and safety.  Preventing psychological harm is an essential part of creating a healthy and safe workplace. Work-related psychological injuries have a significant impact on workers, their families and business. These injuries may result in longer time away from work and cost more than other injuries.

Monday 10 October is World Mental Health Day, a day to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health.

This week during National Safe Work Month, we will focus on how to identify psychosocial hazards and manage risks.


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

Download the resources:

Work health and safety duties

Under model WHS laws PCBUs, such as employers, have a positive duty to do everything they reasonably can to prevent exposure to psychosocial hazards and risks.

A new Code of Practice explains how the model WHS laws apply for psychosocial hazards, with practical steps to manage risks in your workplace.

Read the model Code of Practice: Managing psychosocial hazards at work.

Psychosocial hazards

Psychosocial hazards are anything at work that could cause psychological harm.

Psychosocial hazards can come from:  

  • the way the work is designed and managed 
  • the working environment including any equipment or things used for the work, and
  • work relationships and behaviours, including bullying, harassment, discrimination, aggression and violence.

This week, take a moment and talk about psychosocial hazards.

For more detailed information about psychosocial hazards, go to the Psychosocial hazards web page.

    Mental health support 

    If you or a colleague are feeling depressed, stressed or anxious there are services to help. 


    This October we will focus on a different health and safety area for each week of National Safe Work Month.

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