Psychological Health & Safety

Program planning resources to support worker well-being and decrease the risk of work-related psychological injury or illness.

Psychological Health & Safety Program Development


A Psychological Health and Safety (PHS) program is a definite plan of action designed to support worker well-being and decrease risk of work-related psychological injury and illness.


An effective PHS program requires a focused approach to three program components: Prevention, Intervention, Recovery/Return to Work. Each component is equally important and encompasses corresponding elements to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive program. Our program summary provides an overview of the main components and their respective elements that may be included in your PHS program.


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An Organizational Readiness Approach


Building a PHS program incorporating all elements described in each program component may seem like a momentous task. However, in most cases, the workplace will already have many program elements in place, perhaps linked to existing programs such as workplace violence prevention.


Recognizing that it may not be feasible to develop and implement a full program all at once, PSHSA’s program allows workplaces to evaluate readiness, assess current state and approach program development one piece at a time, based on current need. Each program component (Prevention, Intervention, Recovery/Return to Work) is broken down into supporting resources to support workplaces who are Getting Started, Moving Forward or implementing Promising Practices. 


Not Sure Where to Begin?  


The PHS Program Checklist is used as an initial gap analysis or needs assessment to determine what the organization currently has in place, whether current-state meets organizational need, and to assist in future program planning.


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Psychological Health & Safety Program Components


A comprehensive PHS program designed to decrease risk of work-related psychological injury or illness requires a focused approach to all three program components. In each component, tools and resources are identified to support program development and implementation.

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The basic elements of PHS management such as understanding legal responsibilities, recognizing, assessing and controlling the hazard, developing policies and procedures, outlining roles and responsibilities and incident reporting procedures.

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Actions that can be taken to improve a situation. This includes ensuring that workers know how to respond and manage psychological events or report psychological injuries when they occur and are supported in doing so.

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Recovery/Return to Work


Recovery ensures that managers understand how to accommodate a worker who is suffering from a PHS concern and that there are clearly established roles and responsibilities for supporting workers through this process.

Need Help with Your PHS Program?
Contact a PSHSA Health & Safety Consultant in your area for personalized support with building and improving your organization’s Psychological Health & Safety Program.

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