Mentally healthy workplaces are no longer a nice-to-have, but an absolute necessity. The last few years have taught us this much and more.
For instance, workers don’t experience mental health challenges in isolation. Nor are individual self-care coping strategies enough. Employer provided paid time off work and access to employee assistance programs can help. But research and worker experiences tell us greater attention must be paid to workplace factors affecting worker mental health
– factors from reasonable job demands/job control to worker engagement, physical security, and respect.
This later set of factors is governed by legal workplace requirements which stipulate employers must proactively assess and address the work conditions
which may contribute to workplace violence. Employers must also establish workplace harassment policies and reporting procedures. In all cases training is essential.
It starts here...
To help workplaces meet these obligations and create healthier, safer work, Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC), Ontario’s official occupational health and safety training provider is ready with quality training.
Our Psychosocial Hazards and Workplace Mental Health
and Workplace Violence and Harassment
programs aim to support workers, their representatives, supervisors and employers in pursuit of creating mentally health workplaces. Both programs are offered in our scheduled, online, virtual classrooms. We can also work with you to deliver training at a time and location that works for your workplace.
WHSC’s three-hour comprehensive Psychosocial Hazards and Workplace Mental Health
training program provides a basic understanding of psychosocial work hazards and how they may impact workers’ mental health. It outlines the health effects associated with psychosocial hazards and explores a range of workplace factors from job demands/job control and worker engagement to civility and respect. Equally important, participants will discuss a host of methods to identify and assess psychosocial hazards including policies and programs, physical and cognitive demands analysis and workplace surveys. The program concludes with a discussion on preventative and protective measures for a safer and healthier workplace. The use of video clips and case studies engages learners and helps them identify and understand contributing workplace factors and gain a basic understanding of the accommodation process.
WHSC’s Workplace Violence and Harassment
training program is designed to raise awareness about the serious risk to physical and mental health posed by workplace violence and harassment. It is also intended to help workplace parties understand and comply with the legal requirements mandated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act to address violence and harassment (including domestic violence). Employers, for instance, are required to develop workplace-specific violence and harassment policies and programs. Essential elements of these will be explored including procedures for workers to report incidents along with worker training. Participants will discuss workplace-specific strategies for identifying and assessing potential for workplace violence and harassment and observing for evidence of domestic violence. Also discussed will be specific control measures for eliminating or controlling potential exposure to violence and harassment.
For more information about on-site delivery, please contact a training services representative in your area
. Be sure to also check out our complete schedule of online virtual classroom training
, including Certification Part I, Part II and Refresher training. Properly trained, certified joint health and safety committee members can play a critical role in building physically and psychologically safe and healthy workplaces.
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