Getting Started – Employers
I want my workplace to be psychologically healthy and safe
Implementing the Standard into your existing occupational health and safety (OHS) program will help improve your organization’s productivity, financial performance, risk management, recruitment and retention.
Implementing the Standard doesn’t have to be an all or nothing approach. In fact, small steps can lead to big changes in your organization.
To get started, you should:
- Review the Standard
- Make a Commitment
- Identify a Champion
- Identify Gaps in your Organization
- Actively Involve Employees
- Develop a Policy Statement
- Communicate your Commitment
- Assess the workplace hazards / needs
- Develop a strategy
- Integrate with Existing H&S Programs
- Implement the Strategy
The following resources will also help you when starting to integrate psychological health and safety into your organization’s OHS program.
- Assembling the Pieces: An Implementation Guide to the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
- Workplace Strategies for Mental Health – An initiative of the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace
- Guarding Minds at Work – A Workplace Guide to Psychological Health and Safety
Mental Health Resources
Organizations across Canada are promoting workplace wellness and improving psychological health and safety in their workplace by adopting the Standard. Watch some of the video testimonials put together by Mental Health Commission of Canada.