Code of Practice

2 June 2021 posted by Recovery Partners

The new Code of Practice from SafeWork NSW provides practical guidance on managing psychosocial hazards at work. It’s the first of its kind in Australia!
 

You can learn more about the Code of Practice here. 

What SafeWork NSW have to say about the Code of Practice

No business ever wants to see their workers harmed just because they did their job. So SafeWork NSW has developed the new Code of Practice: Managing psychosocial hazards at work (‘the Code’) for all NSW workplaces and workers.

SafeWork NSW consulted extensively with employer associations, employers, unions, worker representatives, workers, academics, government departments, safety bodies, State and National Mental Health Commissions to develop the new Code.

A new practical Code of Practice that clarifies work health and safety roles.

The Code provides practical information for employers, workers and others on how to manage psychosocial hazards at work. It does not increase duties but clarifies existing duties for NSW businesses to manage psychosocial hazards at work for all workplaces in NSW.

The Code will help NSW employers by:

  • explaining the common psychosocial hazards at work
  • clarifying existing duties
  • explaining who has a role to manage psychosocial hazards at work
  • outlining what is involved in managing psychosocial hazards at work
  • providing examples on what compliance looks like when these duties are met.

What we have to say about the Code of Practice

Recovery Partners has hosted various forums this year, from Aged Care to Construction, and we have found a common concern is mental health in the workplace. We have directly witnessed the increasing prevalence of psychological claims across personal injury insurance schemes over the past 18 months.

Speakers at our Industry in Focus forums all agree COVID-19 has brought mental health to the forefront of many employers. Particularly in the construction industry, active conversations are needed to overcome the “she’ll be right” mentality.

We know that across Australia, many industries find managing psychosocial hazards at work to be very challenging. So, we’re excited (and you should be too) about having guiding materials to set the standard. Materials with actual practical examples.

“The psychosocial hazard framework greatly assists organisations in creating a safe and healthy workplace for all employees. Identifying psychosocial hazards and risk levels within the organisation is as important as identifying physical hazards. I am so glad organisations have a framework and tool to identify these and we have the opportunity to help eliminate or minimize these risks,” says Vritika Chandra, Senior Psychologist at Recovery Partners.

SIRA (State Insurance Regulatory Authority) has created a framework for businesses to follow and we hope you’ll take this opportunity to ensure the best chance of creating a psychologically safe and happy work environment.

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Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/