WorkSafe is seeking feedback on new health and safety guidelines for PCBUs (persons conducting a business or undertaking) that aim to describe, in plain language, the psychosocial risks at work and what mentally healthy work is
The audience for the guidelines is PCBUs, who are required to provide and maintain a work environment that is without risks to safety and health, so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes risks to workers’ mental health.
These guidelines aim to help manage these risks by:
- defining and giving examples of psychosocial risks
- explaining the importance of managing psychosocial risks at work
- introducing factors influencing mentally healthy work and how they can impact business
- providing examples of how to manage psychosocial risks
- providing advice for responding when workers experience psychosocial harm at work.
WorkSafe says anyone is welcome to provide feedback.
“We want to hear from a range of PCBUs, but particularly from small to medium business owners, from any industry.”
To provide feedback:
- Read the draft guidelines: worksafe.govt.nz/dmsdocument/62713-draft-for-consultation-mentally-healthy-work-good-practice-guidelines-for-managing-psychosocial-risks-at-work/latest
- Fill in the feedback form: worksafe.govt.nz/dmsdocument/62719-consultation-feedback-form-mentally-healthy-work-good-practice-guidelines-for-managing-psychosocial-risks-at-work/latest
- Email your completed form to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Mentally healthy work guidelines consultation feedback’.
Submissions close Friday 15 December 2023.