A Standard for Psychological Health & Safety
Submitted by Conor MacPhee, Psychological Health & Safety Coordinator, Occupational Health & Safety
Did you know that --
- one in five Canadians will be living with a psychological health problem or illness this year;
- or that 47% of working Canadians believe that their work is the primary cause of stress in their life;
- or that 70% of working Canadians are concerned about psychological health and safety in the workplace?
Most of us spend over 60% of our waking hours at work -- sometimes, even longer. When it comes to our health and safety in the workplace, we mostly consider our physical health even though psychological health problems and illness are the number 1 cause of disability in Canada.
Psychological health and safety is about mitigating the risk of intentional or unintentional psychological harm and promoting psychological wellbeing. How can this be achieved? The National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) is a blueprint to support organizations in the endeavor to place the same value on psychological health, as it does physical health. The Standard was developed in Canada at the beginning of 2013, as a voluntary process. It is unique in the sense that it is the first document of its kind to provide guidelines, tools, and resources for employers to establish a psychologically healthier workplace.
At Providence Health Care, we have been working on implementing the National Standards across the organization since 2016. We remain committed to ensuring that you have a physically and psychologically safe workplace so you can continue to thrive and succeed in the amazing work you do.
Please contact either Conor MacPhee, Psychological Health & Safety Coordinator at 604-806-9814 or Sandy Coughlin, Occupational Health & Safety Director at 604-806-8635 with any questions.
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