Comments welcome on the new International Standard providing guidance on managing psychological health and safety at work

5 August 2020

Public consultation on the international standard ISO/DIS 45003, Occupational health and safety management — Psychological health and safety at work: managing psychosocial risks — Guidelines is now open until 3 October.

BSI, the UK’s National Standards Body, is seeking consultation from business owners, line managers, HR and OH&S professionals and anyone else who has an interest in psychological health and well-being at work. Experts can register their comments online at: https://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/projects/2018-02515#/section

The standard provides guidance on protecting psychological health by managing psychosocial risk within an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system. It aims to enable organizations manage this complex and important aspect of OH&S and promote well-being at work. It covers:

  • How to identify the conditions, circumstances and workplace demands that can impact the psychological health and well-being of workers
  • How to identify primary risk factors and assess them to determine what changes are can be made to limit those risks; and
  • How to control work-related hazards and manage psychosocial risk within an OH&S management system.

ISO 45003 is applicable to organizations of all sizes and in all sectors for the development, implementation, maintenance and continual improvement of safe and healthy workplaces.

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The standard is currently being developed by the international occupational health and safety management technical committee (ISO/TC 283), and so far has received input from hundreds of experts from more than 40 countries.



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