The unknown risk of psychological health in your business
Think that you have your bases covered with your current Workplace Health and Safety Management System? Most businesses are in the same boat. However, there are some important facts that you might need to be aware of.
Did you know that by law (WHS Act 2011) an officer or PCBU:
Needs to perform a psychological risk assessment for their organisation.
This means - You must look at the activities that your staff undertake and assess the inherent or possible psychological risks that they are exposed to (possible likelihood and possible effect) and then put in place suitable controls to minimise them as reasonably practicable
Needs to monitor the psychological health of your employees.
This means - You need to have in place a documented system whereby you can monitor and measure the health of your staff, the effectiveness of control measures put in place and report this to board/management
Need to communicate and consult with your workers
This means - any actions or decisions made by management to workers that may be effected by any issues/changes that impacts on their psychological health and your workers need to be able to provide feedback upon these changes.
Need to provide the provision of any information, training, instruction or supervision So What?
This means - that it is necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety through planned, risk- based and documented training in relation to psychological hazards.