Date of live event: Tuesday 25 July, 2023
Psychosocial hazards in the workplace are those which could cause psychological harm to employees and include things like a poor physical environment, inadequate support, job demands and stress, bullying and harassment, as well as sexual harassment.
PCBUs (including employers) are responsible for ensuring, so far as reasonably practicable, the psychological health and safety of workers. This obligation forms part of an employer’s primary duty of care and is not transferrable. If employers fail to proactively implement a risk management system for psychosocial hazards, they may be exposed to criminal liability, regardless of the existence (or non-existence) of any intention or mistake by the employer.
With increasing legislative and regulatory focus on psychosocial hazards, there has never been a better time for employers to review their existing hazard identification and risk management frameworks, and to determine whether they are taking all reasonably practicable steps to ensure they are providing a safe working environment.
Kate Thomson, Senior Associate and Alana Rafter, Associate will bring you up to speed on how to:
- identify psychosocial hazards in the workplace,
- assess risks to psychological health and wellbeing,
- identify measures to control the risk of psychosocial hazards,
- maintain and review the suitability of existing control measures,
- engage in consultation, and
- find further information to help you comply with your safety obligations.
Take steps to creating a positive work environment and to learn practical strategies to eliminate or minimise harm caused by psychosocial hazards in the workplace.