SUMMARY: Resources, including a facilitator guide, participant handout and slides to help you facilitate an effective team discussion about addressing and improving the protection of physical safety in your workplace. The intended outcome is to create a practical and cost-effective action plan that works for your team.

Protection of physical safety is a work environment where management takes appropriate action to address physical hazards in order to protect the psychological health and safety of workers.

These statements make up the protection of physical safety factor in Guarding Minds at Work:

  1. My employer takes appropriate action to protect my physical safety at work.
  2. My employer offers sufficient training to help protect my physical safety at work (e.g., emergency preparedness, safe lifting violence prevention).
  3. When physical accidents occur or physical risks are identified, my employer responds effectively.
  4. I have the equipment and tools I need to do my job in a physically safe way (e.g., protective clothing, adequate lightingergonomic seating).
  5. My employer responds appropriately when workers raise concerns about physical safety.

Engage your entire team in reviewing the factors that impact psychological health and safety in your workplace. This approach is recommended by the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. By doing this, you 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.

Facilitator guide

Protection of Physical Safety

Download this facilitator guide to help you lead a team discussion about addressing the protection of physical safety.

Presentation slides

Protection of Physical Safety

Download the presentation slides to guide a group discussion to better understand how the protection of physical safety impacts your team and collaborate on an action plan to promote and protect this in your workplace.

Participant handout

Protection of Physical Safety

You can share the handout digitally or download and print them off.

Each of the psychosocial factors identified in Guarding Minds at Work and the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace have similar resources that can be found here.