As such, there is an increased need to protect the psychological health of employees through the identification and management of psychosocial hazards, not just from a health safety point of view, but also to support business productivity and success.
Psychosocial hazards include, but are not limited to; fatigue, violence and aggression, work-related stress, bullying, and remote and isolated work.
Hazards of this nature do not just result in the organisational and work-related impacts noted above.
These hazards can also have the potential to cause ill health, psychological injury, lost time injuries, and worker compensation claims.
While psychological injury claims make up a relatively small proportion of total compensation claims, the costs associated with psychological injury claims are much higher than for other claims, such as physical injury.
The costs for psychological injury are often higher because they tend to attract higher medical, legal and other costs, and the individual is usually off work for a longer period of time.
Consequently, it is important that organisations establish the nature of any psychosocial issues that may be present and determine how to best combat these issues to improve employee general well-being.