NSW ENHANCES ENFORCEMENT ON PSYCH HAZARDS

SafeWork NSW is undertaking a regulatory overhaul aimed at addressing psychosocial risks such as excessive workloads and bullying following the recent tabling of an independent review.

The report’s recommendations include specialised training for inspectors dealing with psychosocial hazards, and collaborating with employers, Unions and HSRs to better understand and minimise risks in their specific industries.

Further recommendations include:

  • Train and employ more inspectors specialised in psychosocial hazards
  • Work with employers, unions, and HSRs to create industry forums that identify psychosocial hazards, educate, and implement mitigation strategies
  • Establish a workers' compensation data system to identify at-risk industries and target education and inspection programs accordingly

The report also recommends parliament consider legislation to removing obstacles to the regulator accessing workers' comp information.

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