The Victorian union movement welcomes today's announcement by the Victorian Government of new regulation around psycho-social hazards and workers’ mental health.
Unions have for many years argued the need for strengthened protections against psychological hazards and injury. Victorian workers are reporting psychological injuries at work in growing numbers. The effects of these mental injuries can be devastating to workers and their families.
Victorian Trades Hall Council welcomes the introduction of clearer regulations that stipulate employers’ duty of care to workers’ mental health.
Quotes attributable, Wil Stracke, Assistant Secretary, Victorian Trades Hall Council
“People in every type of workplace across Victoria are experiencing psychological injury in increasing numbers, and yet in many workplaces, mental health is still seen as a second-order health and safety consideration.”
“The impacts of workplace psychological injury can be just as devastating to workers as physical injury. That is why it is so critical that the Government provide clear guidance to employers about their obligation to provide a mentally safe workplace.”
“The Government’s commitment is particularly welcome ahead of the state and federal Work Health and Safety meeting later this week. Once again, Victoria is leading the country towards stronger health and safety protections for all workers.”
“We look forward to continuing to work with the Government on psychological health regulations to make workplaces safer for all Victorians”.