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Mental Health Hazards in your Workplace – New Tools

We all know that employers have a duty of care to ensure ‘so far as reasonably practicable the health and safety of their workers and others in the workplace’.

Employers now also have a duty of care to take proactive steps to look after the mental health of their workers and manage any psychological health risks in the workplace.

Managing mental Health safety may sound a bit daunting but with these new easy-to-use tools you can identify and assess the risks, identify implement and maintain control measures to eliminate or mitigate the risks and set up risk control reviews.

So what are these new tools and how do they work?

Mental Health Hazard Risk Register.

The Risk Register is exactly what is says.  While it  follows a similar process to the physical Hazard Risk Register we have all used in the past, it is completely focused on psychosocial risks to the workers’ mental health.  This tool addresses each part of the psychological risk management process and how a psychosocial hazard arises from or is related to the four mainstays of every business.

Mental Health Hazard Risk Identifier.

The Risk Identifier tool focusses on recognising the type of mental health hazards that may occur in your workplace.  It is a template to help you work through the four checks to identify any psychosocial hazards.

If you would like to know more about these tools and how to implement them in your business please contact Leisa and the team at WorkBetter on 02 6009 1000

Published: Friday, February 2nd, 2024

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