Psychosocial Hazards Workshop
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This face-to-face course offers an introduction to psychosocial hazards as well as an understanding of how to assess and manage psychosocial hazards in the workplace.
The course begins from the premise that most of us know something about mental health and mental illness and how different aspects of work and the workplace can affect us. This course will enable the learner to go to the next step of understanding what at work can affect our mental health and how to implement systems and processes to minimize these risks and hazards.
Evidence-based and relating to safety in the workplace, this course will enable the learner to assess, control and review those control measures implemented for the psychosocial hazards in the workplace. The course demonstrates the application of risk-management principles to the identification & management of psychosocial risk.
By the completion of the course, you will understand what mental health and mental illness is, how to set up a process to assist in identifying psychosocial hazards within the workplace and how to risk assess those identified hazards and implement controls to those hazards.
Darryl Johnson is the developer and trainer of the psychosocial risk course, and is the owner and Director of Mental Health Journey Australia.
Darryl is a Registered Nurse and has Post Graduate qualifications in both Occupational Health and Safety as well as Mental Health Nursing as well as being a qualified Trainer Assessor.
Darryl has worked in many industries from manufacturing to the Australian Army and over the last 16 years within the oil and gas and mining sectors. Darryl has worked as a mental health nurse in the private, public and corrections sectors and currently does casual mental health nursing work at Royal Perth Hospital.
Darryl is passionate about workplace mental health. Darryl believes that by empowering people with education on mental health this is the key to breaking the cyclic nature of mental health related workplace issues.
Qualifications: Post Grad Mental Health Nursing, Post Grad OHS and Trainer Assessor.
Alastair Milne, Post Grad in Business Psychology, a Mental Health First Aid instructor and holds qualifications in Safety, Coaching and Change.
Alastair is a Behavioural Consultant whose mission is to help people feel cared for by their group. He facilitates training, coaching and workshops to support individual growth in areas including Mental Health, Safety and Leadership.
During 4 decades of worldwide experience across multiple disciplines, Alastair has always gravitated towards supporting growth in others. With extensive experience in Safety Leadership, he relates to the challenges of being a corporate professional and uses his lived experience of Mental Illness to help create sustainable change in the management of psycho-social hazards. Alastair does this by quickly building and maintaining psychological safety in groups when delivering credible content.
Alastair holds a Post Grad in Business Psychology and various qualifications in Safety, Coaching and Change. He is also a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor.
What are Psychosocial Hazards?
Most workplaces are aware of physical hazards in the workplace. Operational Health and Safety (OHS) practice is widespread and comes with obvious dangers when neglected – broken bones, loss of life etc. But what about psychosocial hazards?
Psychosocial hazards in the workplace refer to psychological and social conditions in a workplace that can lead to poor mental health, depression, and even physical harm.
Every workplace will expose staff to a variety of psychosocial hazards, whether they are aware of them or not.
If left unchecked, such hazards can fester in an individual’s mental wellbeing, which will lead to low productivity, burnout, and dissatisfied staff.
Safe Work Australia has identified 8 known psychosocial hazards in the workplace, they are:
Psychosocial Hazards and Employee Mental Health.
Psychosocial Hazards are everywhere, often without a workplace realising. The first step in managing psychosocial hazards are acknowledging they exist and that they are dangerous to a person’s mental health.
Factors like bullying, discrimination and prolonged fatigue will have serious consequences to an individual’s mental health, not only at work but in their home life as well. Psychosocial Hazards will wear down a person’s self-worth and confidence which are key pillars in a healthy state of mind.
Psychosocial Hazards in the Workplace.
Mental Health deterioration and other stress-related issues are responsible for a wide range of staff impairments. Factors like high absenteeism, low productivity, early retirement, and low workplace morale can all occur due to mental health.
If not managed and diagnosed, workplace psychosocial hazards can eat away at the very fabric of a company. A company’s staff are the foundations on which it is built. By identifying psychosocial hazards and risk assessing them and implementing controls, and also providing psychosocial support, a company can ensure the mental health of its staff, and in turn, create more value for itself.
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