Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace Standard Released

Dr. Samra sat on the Technical Committee that spent the last several years developing the Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace Standard.

 

CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013, Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace is a voluntary standard intended to provide systematic guidelines for Canadian employers that will help enable them to develop and continuously improve psychologically safe and healthy work environments for their employees.

 

Key Topics:

 

A significant amount of material was reviewed in the development of this standard. It aligns with and follows the Plan-Do-Check-Act management systems model found in CAN/CSA Z1000, Occupational Health and Safety Management, to enable integration of a Psychological Health and Safety management system into the way the organization manages its business. It also aligns with other key standards and guidelines, including BNQ 9700-800 on Healthy Enterprises, CSA Z1002 on OHS Hazard Identification and Elimination and Risk Assessment and Control, BSA PAS 1010 Guidance on the Management of Psychosocial Risks in the Workplace, and Guarding Minds @ Work.

 

Key topics covered in the standard include:

 

  • Establishing commitment, leadership and participation
  • Understanding the diverse needs of the organization’s population so they can be appropriately addressed
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Establishing a policy and planning process to implement the system
  • Identifying the organization’s PHS hazards, assessing risks, and implementing preventive and protective measures
  • Ensuring infrastructure and resources are in place to support the system Providing education and awareness, and ensuring key people are trained and competent
  • Having processes in place to be prepared in the case of a critical event
  • Collecting data, monitoring and measuring successnual improvement. One of its unique aspects is the inclusion of several annexes designed to assist the user with applying the standard. These include the following:

 

  • A   Background and context
  • B   Resources for building a psychological health and safety framework
  • C    Sample implementation models
  • D   Implementation scenarios for small and large organizations
  • E   Sample audit tool
  • F   A discussion of relevant legislation or regulation (as of September 2011)
  • G   Related standards and reference documents

 

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