International Standard on Mental Health in the workplace

Recognising that employers have a responsibility to protect both the physical and psychosocial health of their staff, an International Standard ISO 45003, Occupational health and safety management – Psychological health and safety at work – Guidelines for managing psychosocial risks, has been published.  The Standard gives guidance on managing psychological health and safety risks within an occupational health and safety management system. 

The standard covers aspects such as how to identify the conditions, circumstances and workplace demands that have the potential to impair the psychological health and well-being of workers; how to identify primary risk factors and assess them to determine what changes are required to improve the working environment; and how to identify and control work-related hazards and manage psychosocial risk within an occupational health and safety management system.

ISO 45003 will also help users meet the requirements of ISO 45001, the International Standard for an occupational health and safety management system, which is the foundation of a resilient organization with a strong, healthy and happy workforce.

BSI, the Secretariat for the committee that developed the standard has developed some free webinars about the standard that can be accessed here.

The Standard can be purchased from the ISO store.