On 31 March 2022, the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws replaced the health and safety elements of the Mines Safety and Inspection laws. For information visit www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/whs
All health and safety notifications, forms and guidance for mining and petroleum has moved to the WorkSafe website
The information below has been left for historical compliance reference purposes
What is a mentally healthy workplace?
A mentally healthy workplace is one where workers and management collaborate to protect and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of all.
Maintaining a mentally healthy workplace involves continually addressing health, safety and wellbeing concerns in and due to, the work environment. This includes the:
- organisation and design of work
- workplace culture
- physical environment
- facilities provided.
Through creating mentally healthy workplaces, organisations can make a valuable contribution to improving the mental health of their workers. We spend a lot of time at work, and it has a significant impact on our lives. Using this part of life to make a positive impact on mental health is a good idea.
Why is creating a mentally healthy workplace important?
Preventing harm to mental health and wellbeing is important because:
It’s the law – workplaces and management have an obligation to prevent harm to the health and safety of workers
It’s the right thing to do – leaders and managers have a social and corporate responsibility
It’s the smart thing to do – making mental health a priority in the workplace makes good business sense and helps contribute to a higher performing Western Australian economy.
What can I do?
The mental wellbeing of people at work is good for everyone and enhances personal and organisational success. Everyone has a role to play, both in looking after their own mental health and creating a mentally healthy workplace.
Find out what you can do to promote and protect mental health in your workplace.
- Resources for management Practical strategies and tools to help management develop and maintain mentally healthy workplaces.
- Resources for workers Information, support and tools for workers who want to make mentally healthy workplaces a priority.
- Codes of practice Codes of practice are now available which focus on different areas where psychosocial as well physical harms may be experienced in a workplace.