Building Mentally Healthy Workplaces: Perspectives from WorkSafe
Workplace health and safety is a key responsibility of FMs and the importance of workplace wellbeing and building mentally healthy workplaces has never been more important or prominent than now. This one-hour webinar hosted by WorkSafe New Zealand, will cover a range of topics including the status of mental health in NZ, what is required by law, what 'good' looks like, and what facilities managers can do to cultivate mentally healthy workplaces for their teams and organisations.
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Building Mentally Healthy Workplaces: Perspectives from WorkSafe New Zealand
Facilities managers have an important role to play in creating and maintaining mentally healthy workplaces and ensuring the range of risks at work that can affect a person's mental health are reduced. Research shows that work can lead to a range of mental health harms which, if sustained, can lead to mental ill-health, illness and/or physical injury.
Having a mentally healthy work environment reduces the likelihood of injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 requires PCBUs to provide and maintain a work environment that is without risks to safety and health, including mental health, so far as is reasonably practicable.
In this one-hour webinar, David Cullen, Senior Advisor, Mentally Healthy Work – External Development Health & Technical Services at WorkSafe, will outline what the FM community should be doing to support building mentally healthy workplaces and cover topics including what is required by law, what ‘good’ looks like, and what facilities managers can do to cultivate mentally healthy workplaces for their teams and organisations. He will also cover:
- The status of mental health in New Zealand – what do we know?
- What is mentally healthy work?
- Definitions and models
- Te Whare Tapa Whā
- The factors at work that contribute to positive mental health
- The impact of the physical working environment on mental health – how do working conditions contribute?
- Enforcement, engagement, and education: WorkSafe’s role in mentally healthy work
David Cullen, Senior Advisor, Mentally Healthy Work – External Development Health & Technical Services
David is a specialist in mentally healthy work at WorkSafe with 10 years of experience in risk management and human resources roles across a variety of industries. David has an academic background in management and psychology and is passionate about helping people and communities to live healthy and meaningful lives.
Professional Competency: Health & Safety