A psychologically healthy and safe workplace has been defined in the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) as "a workplace that promotes workers' psychological well-being and actively works to prevent harm to worker psychological health, including in negligent, reckless or intentional ways".
The Standard recommends that organizations look to implement a Psychological Health and Safety Management System for assessing how policies, processes and interactions in the workplace might impact the psychological health and safety of employees. It should be noted that the implementation of a Psychological Health and Safety Management System, often referred to as PHSMS, is not about diagnosing the mental health issues of employees.
The information included here provides some historical context and resources that can help you improve psychological health and safety within your organization.
- The Frequently Asked Questions included in the Introduction provide an excellent overview to support the business case for adopting a Psychological Health and Safety Management System.
- Journey to a Psychologically Healthier and Safer Workplace provides first-hand experiences, interviews and case examples from various organizations that strive for a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.
- Early adopters of the Canadian Standard for Psychological Health and Safety have many lessons to share – Participants in the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s three-year national Case Study Research Project to help identify best practices for implementation have reported on the strategies they used, including what worked and what didn’t. The Case Study Research Project Final Report summarizes these experiences for other Canadian employers embarking on their own journey in promoting employee psychological health and preventing psychological harm.
A historical account of the evolution of workplace mental health in Canada that details the development and launch of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
Aligning with the Standard, a downloadable implementation guide and frequently asked questions.
Key messages to increase participation and commitment of all stakeholders.
Includes baseline measurements, assessment, developing a plan and the role of the Health and Safety Committee.
Making it happen – embedding psychological health and safety within the organization.
Measuring outcomes and adjusting the strategy.
Ensuring oversight of the psychological health and safety plan by senior leadership.