New Occupational Safety and Health Codes of Practice to address inappropriate work behaviours
The Commission for Occupational Safety and Health for Western Australia has launched three new Codes of Practice to address psychosocial hazards and risk factors in the workplace.
Codes of practice published under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 provide practical guidance on how to comply with a general duty or specific duties under the legislation.
Managing workplace health and safety, which includes effectively dealing with inappropriate, violent, aggressive behavior and harassment, is a core responsibility of the employer, but can be extremely difficult and challenging.
The new Codes have been endorsed by major employer groups and by unions, and provide a comprehensive, proactive and practical guide to the steps required to ensure that employees are both physically and psychologically safe in the workplace.
- Code of practice – Violence and aggression at work (physical assault, sexual assault, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation and harassment, including sexual harassment)
- Code of practice – Workplace behaviour (bullying, harassment, violence and aggression, discrimination and misconduct)
- Code of practice – Psychosocial hazards in the workplace (inappropriate behaviours, violence and aggression, fatigue, stress and trauma)
All employers should take note of these new Codes and their legal obligations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984.
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