Managing the Risk of Psychosocial Hazards at Work:
- Managing the risk of psychosocial hazards at work Code of Practice 2022. This Queensland code of practice has been approved by the Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing under section 274 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. This code commenced on 1st April 2023.
- Psychosocial risk assessment tool – The risk management process is set out in the Managing the risk of psychosocial hazards at work Code of Practice 2022 (the Code) and involves: • identifying psychosocial hazards – find out what could cause harm • assessing risks – understand the nature of the harm that could be caused by hazards, how serious the harm could be and the likelihood of harm occurring. • controlling risks – implement the most effective control measures that are reasonably practicable in the circumstance, and • reviewing control measures to ensure they remain effective. All of these steps must be supported by consultation (see Section 2 of the Code).
- Action Plan Template – Looking at the information gathered from the healthy workplace audit tool and healthy workers survey, prioritise the top three risks.
- Mentally Healthy Workplaces Toolkit – The Mentally healthy workplaces toolkit aims to help employers, managers and leaders eliminate and minimise risks to psychological health and create workplace environments that are mentally healthy. Use the guidance material and practical resources in this toolkit to facilitate positive steps towards a mentally healthy workplace.
- Interventions tool – Once you have identified chronic disease risks, you can use this tool to help you develop interventions to manage the risks. Interventions should be documented in an action plan. There are many ways to address chronic disease risks within the workplace. You should consider if the risk can be eliminated first, if it cannot be eliminated, then consider how the risk can be minimised. There are various levels of controlling risks. These can be ranked from the highest level of control e.g., changes to the work organisation or work environment, to the lowest level of control e.g., administrative controls. This is called the hierarchy of control.
- Review intervention tool – It is important to monitor the implementation of work health and wellbeing to make sure your interventions are working. If you are not achieving positive results, you may need to review what you have in place. This tool will guide you in reviewing the effectiveness and impact of your action plan. Use this in conjunction with your action plan.
- Small business discussion tool – It is important to identify and assess risks in the workplace that have the potential to cause poor physical and mental health. This includes the modifiable chronic disease risk factors. Knowing the risks will help you plan your approach to work health and wellbeing and ensure that your interventions are targeted. Common modifiable chronic disease risk factors include physical inactivity, sedentary behaviour, unhealthy eating, harmful alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity and poor mental health. Implementing interventions that address the way work is organised, the work environment and the needs and interests of the workers can improve health and wellbeing in your workplace. A healthy workplace prevents injury and illness and improves the health of workers.
- Healthy Workplace Audit Tool – The audit tool is usually completed by people who have responsibility for work health and wellbeing at the workplace. To get the best outcome, it’s recommended that other relevant people are consulted, including: the work health, safety and wellbeing committee, management at all levels (executive, middle management and supervisors), human resources staff, work health and safety staff.
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