New regulations protecting workers from psychosocial harm
(14 December 2023)
New psychosocial regulations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 are coming into effect on 25 December 2023. Psychosocial hazards are hazards that may cause psychological harm within the workplace. Examples range from excessive workloads, poorly managed change, exposure to traumatic events, and harmful behaviours such as bullying and harassment.
The regulations will help provide better guidance to employers and workers on how to manage the risk of psychological injuries in the workplace. On average, work related psychological injuries have longer recovery times, higher costs and require more time away from work. Managing the risks associated with psychosocial hazards not only protects workers but has positive benefits to organisational performance and productivity.
To assist workplaces to take a proactive approach in managing psychosocial risks within the workplace:
- visit the SafeWork SA website for free tools and resources Psychosocial hazards & work-related stress | SafeWork SA ; and
- access Safe Work Australia’s Model Code of Practice “Managing Psychosocial Hazards at Work” for practical workplace guidance Model Code of Practice: Managing psychosocial hazards at work | Safe Work Australia
If you are looking for free tools, resources or support in implementing a mentally healthy workplace, email email@example.com or call 08 8233 2310 to see how ReturnToWorkSA’s Mentally Healthy Workplace Service can help your workplace create and maintain a mentally healthy workplace.
In addition, ReturnToWorkSA has developed a free online Mentally Healthy Workplaces module. This unpacks the “what”, “why” and “how” of a mentally healthy workplace and features videos, resources and interactive activities, providing an engaging experience which you can do at a time and place that suits you.