In part 1 and part 2 of this series, we discussed the introduction of psychosocial hazards into the WHS Act 2011, and the associated economic, productivity and people costs, including burnout.
Here’s a quick refresh on what the psychosocial hazards1 are:
“Psychosocial hazards refer to factors that can influence a worker’s psychological health and safety.”
They are hazards that:
- arise from or in relation to:
- the design or management of work
- the working environment
- workplace interactions or behaviours; and
- may cause psychological and physical harm.
Psychosocial hazards have the potential to adversely affect employees’ mental and physical health if left unmanaged, leading to stress, anxiety, depression, burnout and other mental health issues. Identifying the presence of psychosocial hazards relating to work demands enables targeted approaches to be taken to address their root causes.Read More