Most persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) are aware of their obligations when it comes to managing physical harm risks to their employees. But have you considered psychosocial hazards and factors? Let’s take an overview of psychological health for SME’s to ensure your butt (and head) is covered.
Every business, regardless of its size, has a responsibility under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to stop anyone from being killed, injured or becoming ill because of a workplace or the work being done.
Workers must not deliberately put themselves or anyone else in danger and must obey any instructions that their employer gives them about health and safety.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) considers psychosocial hazards to be a workplace health and safety issue as they can create physical or psychological risk to worker health and safety.
What are psychosocial hazards and factors?
Psychosocial hazards and factors are anything in the design or management of work that increases the risk of work-related stress. Work-related stress, if prolonged and/or severe, can cause both psychological and physical harm. Common psychosocial hazards and factors include:
Let’s take one of these factors and consider the do’s and don’ts of managing this element effectively:
Poor organisational change management
To effectively manage risks, a PCBU should:
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