OH&S Psychological Health Regulations Proposal

Table of Contents

Psychological Health Regulations Proposal, psychological health and safety, mental health in the workplace, psychological health and safety in the workplace

Overview

Last year the Victorian Government made a commitment to introduce regulations to address Psychological Health. As a result, WorkSafe Victoria has prepared OH&S Amendment Regulations to help provide clearer guidance to employers on how to further protect their workers.

In short, these proposed regulations aim to strengthen OH&S framework and formally recognise that hazards that pose a risk to psychological health can be just as harmful to workers as physical hazards.

So if you’d like to get a better idea of how the proposed regulations were compiled, we recommend taking a look at the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) which contains:

  • Identification of psychological hazards
  • The current legal and regulatory framework in place
  • The recent enquiries into mental health and workplace health & safety
  • Evidence of the problem
  • Causes of the problem
  • Options and their impact

Background

According to the RIS, some of the most common reasons for mental injury are:

  • Workplace bullying
  • High job demands
  • Exposure to traumatic events
  • Harassment (incl. sexual harassment)

Consequently, compensation claims for injuries like these have risen by an average of 22% year on year since 2017.

Meanwhile, the RIS also states that mental injuries are caused in the workplace for the following reasons:

  • Lack of understanding about employer obligations
  • Lack of knowledge of how to control the risk
  • Failure to prioritise mental health
  • A perception that the costs of mental health policy compliance outweigh the benefits
 

Members of the public now have an opportunity to comment on the proposed regulations and RIS until the 31st March 2022. All submissions made by the public will be reviewed, and amendments to the regulations will be made as required.

What Next?

Have your say and contribute to workplace mental health regulations in Victoria! You can view the Proposed OHS Amendment (Psychological Health) Regulations and make your comment here.

If you or someone you know is experiencing depression, stress and/or anxiety in or out of the workplace, there are support services that can help – 
 

Like this article? Share it!

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

Read more articles

Privacy Awareness Week 2024: Power Up Your Privacy

Privacy Awareness Week 2024

As we enter Privacy Awareness Week 2024, securing our digital lives takes center stage. Navigating the complex realm of privacy protection grows more vital. Join us to uncover insights and strategies, ensuring a safer online experience for all.

Read More »
Lone Worker, Remote Worker, lone working, lone worker safety, solo worker

What is a Lone or Remote Worker?

According to Safe Work Australia, anyone carrying out work activities without direct support or supervision from supervisors or colleagues is considered a lone worker. Essentially, if an employee cannot be seen or heard by a colleague, they are considered to be working alone, whether for the entire or part of their workday.

Read More »

Book a Demo

WorkSafe Guardian | Lone Worker App | Man Down App | Contact WorkSafe Guardian to Keep Your Employees Safe