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Prioritise worker wellbeing ahead of World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Prioritise worker wellbeing ahead of World Day for Safety and Health at Work

World Day for Safety and Health at Work, taking place on 28 April 2023, prompts Australian organisations to consider how they can improve workplace wellbeing, safety and health.

It’s also Workers Memorial Day when we remember the 41 Australian workers who lost their lives while at work in 2022.

Both events remind us that we have a responsibility to prevent illnesses, injuries or fatalities and also to support the positive mental wellbeing of workers, according to Marie Kinsella, CEO of the IEC Group – organisers of the Workplace Health and Safety Show (WHSS).

Among the latest in regulatory amendments is the recent launch of the new, 10-year Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy which highlights the psychosocial hazards that are often associated with bullying, harassment or stress.

“Many of the symptoms of mental health conditions are ‘invisible, making them difficult to detect,” says Kinsella. “If your organisation has adopted remote or hybrid work, the challenges around managing psychosocial hazards and risks are especially complex”.

Psychosocial hazards: The numbers

A TNS Social Research report on the State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia found that 6 per cent of all workers’ compensation claims may be directly linked to psychological injuries. In addition, mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety cost Australian businesses $10 billion a year.

Meanwhile, a new Aon survey on Global Wellbeing has found that organisations which prioritise the implementation of integrated wellness programmes see an 11 per – 55% per cent improvement in performance.

“A new Bill which relates to the treatment of employees in a domestic abuse situation has also recently been introduced, requiring businesses to support these employees and provide them with information about mental health and wellbeing,” says Kinsella.

“All the new legislation, including the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy, is a very positive first step towards ensuring not only the wellbeing and support of Australian workers, but also helping to prevent the negative impact of psychosocial hazards on our economy”.

WHSS makes compliance easier

To support workplace health and safety professionals and employers stay up to date with the new legislation and effectively develop sustainable workplace wellbeing programs, the Workplace Health & Safety Show offers presentations on these topics.

“These seminars are free and I encourage workplace health and safety professionals to register for this event – the first one for 2023 kicks off in Brisbane from 31 May – 1 June, with a second opportunity available in Sydney on 21 and 22 September,” adds Kinsella.

The WHSS features a trade show where 100+ exhibitors will showcase new products, technologies & resources, free seminars including presentations from a range of industry experts, interactive forums, live demonstrations, and networking opportunities.

For more information or to register for free, head here

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