In today’s episode, we’re going to dig into an issue that’s important for all of us psychosocial safety in the workplace.
Did you know that if you have a business in Australia, you have legal responsibilities related to psychosocial safety?
In today’s episode, we’re going to dive into three main topics around psychosocial safety:
According to Safe Work Australia, a psychosocial hazard is anything that could cause psychological harm, so that’s a harm to a person’s mental health, or it could also cause physical harm.
A psychosocial hazard is not just stress. Stress in itself is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can cause psychological or even physical harm, especially if it’s over a long period of time and the level of stress is high.
Psychological harm that may be caused would include anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep disorders anything along those mental health lines. Physical harm created by stress might be a heart attack, musculoskeletal injuries, chronic disease or even fatigue.
Psychosocial hazards can come from the design or the management of the work, they can come from the environment, the equipment at the workplace or it can come from workplace interactions or behaviors:
If you’re a business owner or manager, it’s your responsibility in this case is to eliminate psychosocial risks or, if it’s not reasonably practicable to eliminate them, then to minimise them as far as it’s practical for you to do so.
Safework provides a lot of resources on this,
Managing psychosocial hazards in your workplaces to treat it like any other risk management exercise, and the process that you need to go through to show that you’ve considered the risks and that you’re taking those reasonable steps to manage them.