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UpdatesJul 21, 2022

Tackling psychosocial risks in the workplace

On 6 June 2022, Safe Work Australia made amendments to the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws to:

The model WHS Regulations defines psychosocial hazard as any hazard that:

Psychosocial risk means any risk to the health or safety of a worker or other person arising from a psychosocial hazard.

In determining what the control measures are reasonably practicable to eliminate or minimise the risk, PCBUs must consider all relevant factors, including:

In Victoria, the proposed OHS Amendment (Psychological Health) Regulations includes a definition of psychosocial risks and an express obligation to manage them, which is in line with the amendments to the model. Although the other jurisdictions do not have a similar statutory provision, their codes of practice and risk assessment tools provide guidance in similar terms.

The amendments to the model WHS laws increase the awareness of the importance of psychosocial risks in the workplace. Looking ahead, the Commonwealth and all states and territories still have a lot of work to do if they want to bring their laws into line with the new model. It is important to monitor whether each jurisdiction will adopt these amendments in the upcoming months.

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