A new work health and safety code which aims to improve mental health in Queensland workplaces commences tomorrow.
The new code – ‘Managing the risk of psychosocial hazards at work Code of Practice’ – is designed to give Queensland businesses practical tools for creating mentally healthy workplaces and will directly address psychological health risks at work, including exposure to traumatic events and isolated working.
A statement released by the Queensland Government today said the code also provided advice on how to comply with existing health and safety obligations, following a national review which found many employers were unsure of their responsibilities when it came to managing psychological health and safety risks at work.
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the code was created to protect workers, support businesses to have a greater awareness of psychological injury signs and symptoms, and to deliver a framework to minimise risks.
“Research has shown that workers benefit from psychologically healthy workplaces through better individual health, increased job satisfaction, commitment, positive attitudes toward self-development, and lower rates of work-related physical injuries,” Ms Grace said.
“We know that physical risks and hazards are often more visible: being able to prevent a psychological injury is not always as obvious.”
The mental health workplace code will be the first of its kind in Australia to be legally enforceable.
Read the code of practice.