Breakout session 1: Psychological Health and Safety: An OHS perspective

February 24, 2016 | Vancouver

Al Bieksa, BC Federation of Labour

Current research confirms that mental health issues are prevalent in B.C. workplaces. Workers who experience mental health issues face incredible challenges in the workplace. Many are misunderstood, stigmatized, and under-utilized. From an organizational effectiveness and sustainability perspective, this is a significant business issue and one that requires attention. Workplace stress, bullying, harassment, and violence are increasingly the predominant issue for Canadians, with estimated costs of stress and related issues ($51 billion annually) growing steadily. This session looks at all of the various workplace psychosocial factors and works on developing and implementing an effective plan that will improve the psychological health and safety of a workplace, and reviews strategies that eliminate, minimize, and accommodate psychological health issues.

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