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Preventing psychological harm is an essential part of creating a healthy and safe workplace.

Following amendments to the model WHS Regulations to address psychosocial risks, Safe Work Australia has published a new model Code of Practice: Managing psychosocial hazards at work.

The model Code provides practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) on their WHS duties to manage psychosocial risks from work.

Work-related psychological injuries and illness have a significant impact on workers, their families and business. On average, work-related psychological injuries have longer recovery times, higher costs, and require more time away from work when compared with physical injuries.

Managing psychosocial risks not only protects workers, but it also decreases the disruption associated with staff turnover and absenteeism and may improve broader organisational performance and productivity.

The model Code of Practice and model WHS Regulations do not automatically apply in a jurisdiction.To have legal effect in a jurisdiction, the model Code of Practice or model WHS Regulations must be implemented in that jurisdiction. Check with your WHS regulator to find out if this Code of Practice or the WHS Regulations have legal effect in your jurisdiction.

For more information and resources, go to the psychosocial hazards page on the Safe Work Australia website.

Mental Health Support
As well as resources to help you manage psychosocial risks, there are also services to help if you or a colleague are feeling depressed, stressed or anxious.

New tool provides information about WHS duties for the agriculture industry

Safe Work Australia has developed an online tool to assist those working in the agriculture industry to understand and meet their duties under the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws.

Everyone in the workplace has duties under the model WHS laws. Use our interactive tool to find out how to meet your WHS duties as a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) or worker in the agriculture industry.

The tool also outlines common WHS hazards, including working in confined spaces, working with hazardous chemicals, outdoor work and working at heights, and information about how to eliminate and manage the risks of agricultural work.

Explore Know your duties – a tool for working safely.

For information relating to other industries, please see our industry and business information.

Please contact your state or territory work health and safety authority for information about how the WHS laws apply in your workplace.

World Day for safety

Thursday, 28 April 2022 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day.

The day provides an opportunity to reflect on how to prevent occupational deaths, injuries, diseases and illnesses.

It is also a day to remember those who have died from a work-related injury or illness.

The theme set by the International Labour Organization for this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work is ‘Act together to build a positive safety and health culture’.

This theme encourages workplaces to foster a strong work health and safety culture in which everyone contributes to a safe and healthy working environment.

Accompanying World Day, the International Trades Union Congress has set the theme for Workers’ Memorial Day 2022 as ‘Make safe and healthy work a fundamental right. It’s a no-brainer’.

We encourage everyone to recognise the importance of work health and safety by promoting World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day 2022 in their workplace on 28 April 2022.

Click the button to find out more about World Day for Safety and resources for your  business.

WHS duties in a contractual chain

Did you know that an individual contractor or a self-employed person can be both a worker who is owed work health and safety (WHS) duties, and a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) who may owe WHS duties to themselves and to other workers?

Safe Work Australia has published WHS information for PCBUs and workers who are working as part of a contractual chain.

A contractual chain refers to the situation where, in relation to the same project or work matter, there are multiple contractors and subcontractors. A contractual chain is common in industries such as building and construction, road transport and events management.

The fact sheet provides an understanding of what a PCBU is and explains that an individual contractor can be both a PCBU and a worker. Understanding this will help PCBUs within a contractual chain uphold their WHS obligations and consult, cooperate and coordinate activities with all other PCBUs with whom they share a duty.

Click the button to download the fact sheet