ISO 45003 Psychological Health and Safety

Health & Wellbeing Safety Systems

Taking an Integrated Approach

The world’s first International Standard to address workplace psychosocial health was published in June 2021. ISO 45003 Occupational health and safety management – Psychological health and safety at work gives guidance on managing psychological health and safety risks to align with ISO 45001 occupational health and safety management systems. It addresses the many areas that can impact a worker’s psychological health, including ineffective communication, excessive pressure, leadership, and negative or toxic organisational culture.

What is the difference between ISO 45003 and ISO 45001?

ISO 45003 provides more specific psychosocial risk guidance on how to identify:

  • Conditions, circumstances, and workplace demands that have  the potential to impair the psychological health and well-being of workers
  • Human and organisational factors, how to assess them to determine what changes are required and action to improve the working environment
  • Work-related hazards of psychosocial nature to address social and work factors, such as role conflict, job control, change, time pressures poor communication
  • Primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions, e.g., prevention, training, incident reporting, investigations, rehabilitation and return to work considerations.

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Why take an Integrated approach?

For organisations trying to understand their relative priorities between health AND safety, it is important to understand the impact and interdependencies between certain human and organisational factors, e.g.

  • Time Pressures: What is the relationship with mental health?
  • Time Pressures: What is the relationship with taking shortcuts?

The Health and Safety Index has designed and integrated online assessment to align with a Job Demand-Job Resource-Worker Outcome Model with a particular focus on mental health. This integrated approach in measuring health AND safety performance is supported by reliable benchmarks.

For a recent BSA Ltd case study, listen to Joanna Hull, General Manager, Human Resources talking about Safety & HR Collaboration to Achieve Powerful Goals.

What is your organisation doing to engage the workforce, identify blind spots and act on improvements that matter?

If you have questions about the online assessment tool that’s enabling organisations to measure, focus and act on improvements, contact us at [email protected].

Until next time,

Mark Wright and the HSI team

M: +61 417 570 143

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