Consultation and communication

Mentally healthy workplaces: Resources for management

Why is consultation and communication important?

RIsk management communication and consultation
Consultation and communication

Consultation involves sharing information, and giving workers a reasonable opportunity to express their views on safety and health matters that may affect them. These views should be considered when decisions are made.

Consultation with workers and their representatives is important at each step of the risk management process. By drawing on workers’ experience, knowledge and ideas, it is more likely that the psychosocial hazards and risk factors will be identified and effective controls selected. Worker ownership throughout the process should also lead to increased support and understanding when strategies are implemented.

Note: The same risk management processes used for physical health and safety may be applied to mental health and wellbeing 

Below are some leadership actions to encourage communication and reporting in the workplace.

 

Resources

Why are communication and consultation important to safety and health? (DMIRS)

This web page provides guidance on how communication and consultation can improve safety and health outcomes in the workplace.

Consultation (DMIRS)

This webpage provides information on consultation requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984.

A day in the life of a safety and health representative – Video (DMIRS)

This video focuses on the importance of safety and health representatives (SHReps) and the key roles they play in the consultation and promotion of safe work practices.

 

 

Leadership actions to encourage communication and reporting

Leadership actions to encourage communication and reporting
Leadership actions to encourage communication and reporting