WorkSafe consulted on new health and safety guidelines for PCBUs (persons conducting a business or undertaking) that aim to highlight the importance of supporting mentally healthy work.
The consultation ran between Thursday 16 November and the extended date of Friday 15 December 2023.
About the draft guidelines
The new guidelines aim to describe, in plain language, the psychosocial risks at work and what mentally healthy work is by:
- defining and giving examples of psychosocial risks
- explaining the importance of managing psychosocial risks at work
- introducing factors influencing mentally healthy work and how they can impact business
- providing examples of how to manage psychosocial risks
- providing advice for responding when workers experience psychosocial harm at work.
- This draft does not necessarily present WorkSafe’s final position on the information contained within it.
- As the guidelines are in a draft format, some illustrations may appear in low resolution. Once the content has been confirmed, the guidelines will be reformatted.
- We have more detailed guidance on bullying and sexual harassment, with future guidance on stress planned.
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