What does Psychological Health & Safety (PH&S) refer to?
A psychologically healthy and safe workplace has been defined in the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) as "a workplace that promotes workers' psychological well-being and actively works to prevent harm to worker psychological health, including in negligent, reckless or intentional ways".
The Standard recommends that organizations look to implement a Psychological Health and Safety Management System (PHSMS) for assessing how policies, processes and interactions in the workplace might impact the psychological health and safety (PH&S) of employees. It should be noted that the implementation of a PHSMS is not about diagnosing the mental health issues of employees.
What is the Standard?
How does the Standard Work?
The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – the first of its kind in the world – is a set of voluntary guidelines, tools and resources intended to guide organizations in promoting mental health and preventing psychological harm at work. Launched in January 2013, it has garnered uptake from coast to coast to coast, internationally and across organizations of all sectors and sizes.
The Standard provides a comprehensive framework to help organizations of all types guide their current and future efforts in a way that provides the best return on investment.
Adopting the Standard can help organizations with:
• Financial Performance
• Risk Management
• Organizational Recruitment
• Employee Retention
What Factors are Encompassed in the Standard?
The Standard outlines 13 psychosocial factors that comprise the broad construct of Psychological Health & Safety. Check out the the videos below to better understand how to promote positive mental health in your workplace, starting today!