Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has been a stressful time for all Australians. While employers might not be able to help the stress workers are facing at home, they must eliminate or minimise the risk to psychological health and safety at work as far as is reasonably practicable.
Safe Work Australia has published a Preventing psychological injury at work during COVID-19 information sheet which provides information about work-related psychosocial hazards that may have been introduced or increased due to COVID-19, how to prevent psychological injury at work during COVID-19 and links to useful resources.
Recognise World Mental Health Day on 10 October by promoting this information sheet within your workplace. You can also:
· download the work-related psychological health and safety guide which provides a step-by-step process for managing work-related psychological health and safety
· share the National Safe Work Month mental health case studies which provide examples of best practice work health and safety for COVID-19, and
· participate in National Safe Work Month virtual events and initiatives in your region during October.
For more information, see Safe Work Australia’s COVID-19 information on mental health which includes links to support services.
Learn more about National Safe Work Month at safeworkmonth.swa.gov.au.
Together, we can create safer workplaces for everyone.
~sSafe Work Australia, 9 October 2020