Raising concerns about workplace mental health

Mentally healthy workplaces: Resources for workers

How can I raise concerns about workplace mental health?

Process for raising a concern about workplace mental health
Tips for approaching management with a concern

Identifying and reporting physical hazards in the workplace is a critical part of keeping your workplace safe. You can apply the same identification and reporting processes to psychosocial hazards.

If you identify psychosocial hazards and their associated risk factors in your workplace which may affect your health or the health of other workers, you can report it through your workplace’s health and safety reporting processes. This may include speaking to your supervisor, manager or safety and health representative.

For some people, talking to managers and supervisors is a new experience or may be challenging. These are some tips on how to approach management with a concern.

 

What is the role of safety and health representatives in raising concerns?

Resolving safety and health issues in the workplace
Formal issue resolution procedure (DMIRS)

Safety and health representatives are elected by coworkers to represent them in safety and health matters. Under the legislation, they have specific functions to carry out at the workplace, such as inspections and reporting on hazards.

Workers can be best placed to know about specific hazards and risks in their work area and the benefit of having a trained safety and health representative is that they can listen to concerns and present them to the employer or management. In some cases, workers may also be more comfortable talking to their safety and health representative, who can in turn help employers by communicating viewpoints and opinions about specific matters, allowing them to gather information and make appropriate decisions.

 

What happens next?

Once you have raised a concern about a work-related safety and health matter, your employer has an obligation to attempt to resolve it. Workplaces in Western Australia and their appropriate worker and employer representatives are encouraged to develop their own issue resolution procedures for dealing with safety and health issues. If this procedure exists for your workplace, it is important to use it to seek a resolution.

If your workplace does not have a formal resolution procedure, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety process can be used.

Note: A safety and health issue may include any item under the duty of care provisions of the safety and health legislation. Issues should be resolved as and when they arise.

Resources

Guidance note - Formal consultative processes at the workplace

This guidance note provides information to employers and workers about:

  • rights and responsibilities on the election and function of safety and health representatives
  • establishment and function of safety and health committees
  • Provisional Improvement Notices (PINs)
  • resolution of safety and health issues at the workplace.
General duty of care - employees and employers
 
This pamphlet by DMIRS provides information on general duty of care under the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 and the Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995.