Protection of Physical Safety is present in a work environment where management takes appropriate action to protect the physical safety of employees. Appropriate actions may include: policy to protect workers' physical safety, training in safety-related protocols, rapid and appropriate response to physical accidents or unsafe situations, and clearly demonstrated concern for employees' physical safety.
Engaging your entire team in reviewing the factors that impact psychological health and safety in your workplace is the approach recommended by the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. By doing this, you not only build awareness of the responsibility of each employee to contribute to a positive workplace culture, you also get their involvement in developing and being part of the solution.
Download this Facilitator's Guide to help you lead a team discussion about addressing Protection of Physical Safety.
Download the Guarding Minds @ Work Presentation Slides to guide a group discussion to better understand how Protection of Physical Safety impacts your team and collaborate on an action plan to promote and protect this in your workplace.
This video offers an explanation of how Protection of Physical Safety affects a workplace and strategies to improve it. This video is intended to help the facilitator learn language and hear examples prior to facilitating the team discussion.
This whiteboard animation video on Protection of Physical Safety is part of the Ottawa Public Health series Have That Talk and can be helpful to show to your team at the beginning of your On the Agenda session.
Each of the psychosocial factors identified in Guarding Minds @ Work and the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace have similar resources that can be found here.