Safe Work Australia highlights the importance of protecting staff from psychosocial hazards

    Workplaces have a legal duty of care to protect employees from hazards like bullying and harassment

      • Sector News
    • 28.05.21

    New South Wales has become the first state in Australia to introduce a code of practice to set out the legal responsibilities’ businesses have to address hazards in the workplace that have the potential to cause psychological or physical harm. 

    Workplaces have a legal duty of care to their employees to protect them from psychosocial hazards such as bullying and harassment, violence in the workplace, remote and isolated work.

    The Code sets out what employers need to be doing under the state’s legislation to protect their workers and will be used in court as evidence if workplaces fail to take their responsibilities seriously.

    Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson, said:

    This Code comes after our research found only one in five NSW businesses reported having a basic awareness on how to control work-related psychological health risks and less than 10 percent of all workplaces said they have an established approach to handling these issues.

    Safe Work Australia has also developed a new online tool to help businesses identify, assess and manage psychosocial risks at work and it has been undertaking inspections in states such as South Australia to ensure businesses are managing the risks associated with psychological safety in the workplace.

    SafeWork SA Executive Director, Martyn Campbell said the planned audits are a reminder for businesses to take psychological safety as seriously as workers physical safety.

    “Everyone deserves to feel safe at work”, said Mr Campbell.

    Safe Work NSW: Australia-first framework to improve mental health at work
    Safe Work SA: Keeping workplaces psychologically healthy
    Tasmanian Government: Improving mental health in Tasmanian workplaces

    Maybo perspective

    It is great to see measures being taken to prioritise the health, wellbeing and safety of staff.

    If you would like to develop further understanding of what measures you need to have in place to meet national regulations, or are considering undertaking or delivering training, we would be happy to discuss your needs and requirements: click here

    Get in touch

    If you would like to discuss how we can help you please get in touch with one of our experts today

    Related ThoughtSpace items

    • Sector News

    15.11.23 | Retail, Leisure & Recreation

    Retail workers are facing “weekly abuse” from customers.

    Research by The Retail Trust suggests two in five retail workers face abuse from customers on a weekly basis. The charity has said that a...

    • Maybo News

    06.10.23 | Social Care | Healthcare, …

    New: Open Courses from Maybo for Frontline Staff in Healthcare, Social Care and Education settings

    We are pleased to announce that we have expanded our offerings to include virtual classroom open courses for frontline staff in...

    • Maybo News


    New Learning Assets from Maybo

    Maybo provides organisations with the training, tools and guidance to reduce and manage conflict and behaviours of concern, leading to...

    Discuss your training with one of our experts