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National “Psychological Health & Safety Standard in the Workplace”

January 25, 2013

On January 16, 2013, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), in partnership with the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) and the CSA Group, launched the National Standard of Canada titled, “Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – Prevention, promotion and guidance to staged implementation.”

This voluntary standard, developed by CSA and BNQ and championed by the MHCC, is the first of its kind in the world. This Standard, which is applicable to any organization, specifies requirements for a documented and systematic approach to develop and sustain a psychologically healthy and safe workplace, and provides a framework to create and continually improve a psychologically healthy and safe workplace, including:

  • the identification and elimination of hazards in the workplace that pose a risk of psychological harm to a worker;
  • the assessment and control of the risks in the workplace associated with hazards that cannot be eliminated (for example, stressors due to organizational change or reasonable job demands);
  • implementing structures and practices that support and promote psychological health and safety in the workplace; and
  • fostering a culture that promotes psychological health and safety in the workplace.

In addition to laying out a systematic approach needed for creating psychologically healthy workplaces, the Standard explains the expectations and responsibilities of an organization’s leadership and workers in the development and enforcement of their own mentally healthy standards. It also details the planning process involved in developing standards and the review, reporting and investigation obligations of the workplace. In addition, implementation suggestions are given to ensure that these standards are written into workplace policy, with ongoing review and follow-up.

The MHCC is also providing a free webinar on this Standard on Tuesday, January 29 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. This webinar will be lead by MHCC President and CEO Louise Bradley and MHCC Workforce Advisory Committee Chair Charles Bruce. Participants in the webinar will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the Standard.

To register for the free webinar, visit mhccevents.webex.com.

The Standard is available free of charge on both the BNQ website and the CSA Group website.

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