Digital tool aims to improve mental health in workers

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Work Health and Safety commissioner Jacqueline Agius.

“PEOPLE at Work”, a free, digital psychosocial risk assessment tool was released today (February 26) by work health and safety regulators and leading researchers.

The digital platform lays out a five-step process with resources, interactive learning modules, a self-administered survey, and automated custom reports that businesses can access entirely for free to identify and manage psychosocial risks in the workplace.

According to WorkSafe ACT, such risks often include work-related stress, bullying, violence and fatigue.

“It’s time employers start to risk manage workplace psychosocial hazards in the same way they manage physical hazards,” said work health and safety commissioner Jacqueline Agius.

“Recognising and managing risks in the workplace that may lead to physical or psychological injury is an essential part of creating a safe, healthy and productive workplace.”

Previously a paper-based survey, “People at Work” represented an onerous process, with time-consuming manual data entry sheets.

“Industry has been crying out for an easy to use psychosocial risk assessment tool,” said Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) chair Martyn Campbell, who launched the platform.

“’People at Work’ is just that, free for Aussie businesses and workplaces to help them identify and manage work-related psychosocial hazards and factors, and which doesn’t need an expert to interpret the psychosocial risk assessment results.”

The platform will provide organisations with results in two reporting formats, a high level summary, and a more detailed report that also provides suggestions for improvements in the workplace.

HWSA Members will also have access to automated live reporting of identified data, and can monitor trends across industry, location, sector, and other demographics.

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