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Aug 23, 2022
Safe Work Australia introduced a new code of conduct that aims to prevent psychological harm in the workplace. The model for WHS laws now includes regulations on psychosocial hazards which can be anything that causes psychological harm.
Safe Work Australia CEO Michelle Baxter said that psychosocial hazards can come from “the way work is designed and managed, the working environment, or behaviours including bullying, harassment, discrimination, aggression, and violence.” Under WHS laws, a person conducting a business or undertaking must minimise or eliminate psychosocial risks as is reasonably practicable.
The new model Code of Practice on Managing psychosocial hazards at work provides explanations and compliance with the new regulations and practical steps to manage workplace psychological hazards.
Psychological hazards have severely negative impacts on workers, their families, and their businesses, “on average, work-related psychological injuries have longer recovery times, higher costs, and require more time away from work when compared with physical injuries,” Ms Baxter said.
“Managing psychosocial risks protects workers, decreases staff turnover and absenteeism, and may improve broader organisational performance and productivity.”
You can find more information on Safe Work Australia website.
Safe Work Australia is an Australian government statutory agency. They develop national policy to improve WHS and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia. The model WHS Regulations and Code of Practice: Managing psychosocial hazards at work were developed through Safe Work Australia’s tripartite process, which includes Commonwealth, state and territory governments and employer and worker representatives. The model WHS Regulations and model Code of Practice do not automatically apply in a jurisdiction.
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