We are excited to announce that we have expanded our program library with the addition of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013).
The Standard, which was released in 2013 as the first of its kind in the world, has marked an important shift in thinking regarding mental health in the workplace. The Standard was developed in a collaborative effort by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) and the CSA Group. It has been designed to help organizations and their employees improve workplace psychological health and safety. The Standard is comprised of a combination of voluntary guidelines, tools, and resources aimed at promoting employees’ mental health and preventing psychological harm caused by workplace factors.
The Standard also provides an organized framework to help organizations foster and maintain a psychologically healthy and safe workplace by:
1. Identifying possible psychological hazards in the workplace
2. Assessing and controlling the risks from unpredictable hazards
3. Implementing practices that support and promote psychological health and safety throughout the workplace, and
4. Nurturing a culture that promotes psychological well-being.
The Standard advises that mental injury is a type of detrimental harm that can and should be prevented. It advises organizations to take every reasonable effort to ensure fairness, respectfulness, and consideration and to use these values as the backbone of everyday interactions and practices within the workplace.