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.
The workshop will:
National Workplace Program
Mental Health Education and Awareness for Employees
World Health Organisation
Mental health in the workplace - Information sheet
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