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Published: December 7, 2023

Felix Yeung, Head of Health & Safety at Employsure, walks us through common workplace mental health hazards and how to manage the risks that psychosocial hazards pose.

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Hi, I'm Felix Yeung,

Head of Health & Safety at Employsure.

Did you know as an employer,

you have a legal responsibility

to protect your workers,

not only from physical injuries,

but psychological injuries as well?

These injuries tend to be more complex,

take longer to recover,

and they cost more in worker's

compensation claims.

So what are some of the factors

that can impact mental health

in your business?

Low job control, excessive

long hours, unreasonable job demand,

lack of mental health

support in the workplace,

bullying, aggression, violence,

harassment.

These are all the factors

that can interact or combine

to create new or higher risks.

So, what are some of the proactive steps

you can take today

to protect your workers

and your business?

I'm happy to share my top three.

Number one.

Risk Assessment.

Have you conducted a risk assessment?

Identifying mental health

related issues in the workplace

is the first step.

Number two, Safety management System.

Have you implemented

policies and procedures

specifically for mental health,

aggression, violence,

bullying and harassment?

Last but not least, consultation.

Have you consulted with your workers

to create an environment

where people feel safe

to report,

discuss and express mental health issues?

So don't wait!

Now is the

perfect time

to speak to the

Health & Safety team on 1300 651 415

to make sure you're doing enough

to support your workers

to be both physically and mentally safe.

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