Understanding Worksafe QLD’s Updated Code of Practice for Psychosocial Hazards at Work

In a move to enhance workplace safety and support the psychological health of employees, Worksafe QLD has released a new Code of Practice effective April 2023. This code focuses on managing the risk of psychosocial hazards in the workplace, addressing crucial aspects that employers and PCBUs (Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking) need to consider for the well-being of their workforce.

Understanding Psychosocial Hazards and Health Risks

Psychosocial hazards are often subtle and diverse, can arise from personal and workplace interactions, the design or management of work, and environmental factors. They can lead to psychological harm, potentially affecting the worker’s well-being.

The Code highlights examples of hazards such as high job demands, low job control, poor support, traumatic events, violence, bullying, and more. It emphasises the need for a systematic risk management process to mitigate these risks, akin to the methods used for physical hazards.

Key Components and Recommendations

The Code is structured into five sections and covers topics such as:

  1. Identifying and assess common psychosocial hazards
  2. Determining health and safety duties related to these hazards
  3. Understanding what’s reasonably practicable in management
  4. Information and guidance on consulting with workers who are likely to be affected
  5. The importance of consulting, cooperating, and coordination risk management activities
  6. Practical guidance on applying risk management processes, and issue and dispute resolution
  7. Other relevant laws that duty holders should be aware of

Compliance and Implementation

The Code came into effect on April 1, 2023.

The Code itself comes equipped with a diverse set of resources, including case studies, policies, and risk registers to support its application in the workplace.

It’s not just a compliance requirement; it’s a practical guide to creating a safer, healthier, and more productive work environment for everyone involved.

Useful Links:

Worksafe QLD Article

Code of Practice 2022

Communications Toolkit

Small Business Toolkit

Psychological Health for Small Business

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