New officer helps support mental health in workplaces

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A DEDICATED psychological health officer has been appointed within WorkSafe ACT to help workplaces support the social and emotional wellbeing of workers in Canberra. 

Workplace Safety Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith says the psychological health officer will work closely with workplaces to ensure they are equipped with the right tools and resources to promote mental wellbeing and minimise bullying, occupational violence and work-related stress.

Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith.

WorkSafe ACT inspectors will also receive training and access to ongoing mentoring for responding to psychological hazards.

ACT Work Safety commissioner Greg Jones.

ACT Work Safety commissioner Greg Jones says workplaces have an obligation under the Work Health and Safety Act to provide a work environment that is physically and mentally healthy for all employees.

“It’s important that workplaces understand and meet their obligations to help minimise psychological injuries and promote injury management and safety performance,” he says.

“To assist workplaces to develop the necessary skills to provide the right support, intervene early and take preventative actions, the psychological health officer will facilitate information sessions and offer guidance through online tools and resources.”

Master Builders ACT welcomes the appointment of a dedicated psychological health officer.

“While many local construction businesses understand their responsibilities to manage mental health as a workplace safety issue, this role will help guide and support employers to manage this complex health issue,” says its CEO Michael Hopkins.

“Leading employers understand the productivity benefits gained from having employees with strong physical and mental health. This new role will help all ACT businesses improve their understanding and ability to manage mental health in the workplace,” said Mr Hopkins.

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