Week 2 - Working together to protect workers’ mental health

What are psychosocial hazards?

Psychosocial hazards are hazards that can cause psychological (i.e., mental) and physical harm. Psychological harm may include anxiety or depression, while physical harm may involve musculoskeletal or fatigue related injuries. Common psychosocial hazards include:

Interaction of psychosocial hazards 

Psychosocial hazards may interact or combine to create new, changed or higher risks. It is important to consider all the above psychosocial hazards workers may be exposed to when managing psychosocial risks.

Some hazards may not create psychosocial risks on their own but may do so if combined with other hazards. Other hazards may only create risks on their own when severe. 

Impacts of psychological injury

On average, work-related psychological injuries have longer recovery times, higher costs, and require more time away from work. 

Managing psychosocial hazards

PCBUs must eliminate psychosocial risks, or if that is not reasonably practicable, minimise them so far as is reasonably practicable. 

PCBUs must work together with workers and their health and safety representatives (if they have them), by consulting with them throughout the risk management process, and ensuring so far as is reasonably practicable, workers and other persons are not exposed to risks to their health and safety. 

To help you comply with your WHS duties, download the model Code of Practice: Managing psychosocial hazards at work.



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