4. Risk controls
The principal and/or their delegate in consultation with the Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) and employees, must eliminate or reduce the level of risk associated with work-related risk factors that may cause a mental health injury, so far as is reasonably practicable, by considering the workplace factors in section 3.2 of this Procedure.
Primary prevention has the greatest impact in reducing occupational stress. Risk control should embrace the following factors:
- Activities to control the risk should be school and work-group specific, and be adapted to the needs, cultures, and economic realities of the school and workgroup.
- Activities to control the risk should be targeted to school factors identified via risk assessment.
- Risk-control plans should focus on primary prevention, but also include secondary and tertiary prevention activities.
- Risk-control plans should focus on organisational-level interventions, but also include individual-level interventions.
- Employee training should form part of a holistic approach to addressing mental health and wellbeing.
4.1 Record current risk controls
4.2 Information, instruction and training
The principal and/or their delegate must ensure all employees are informed about the risk controls in place to manage mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. This can be achieved by:
- ensuring all employees complete an OHS induction prior to commencing work
- promoting and encouraging employees to report hazards (for example, psychosocial hazards), near misses and incidents on (staff login required)
and by providing employees with:
- a copy of the school OHS Risk Register and completed risk assessments and the opportunity to raise questions and participate in consultative processes
- information about likely psychological hazards they may encounter in their work
- information from the department about existing resources and strategies to reduce the risk of psychological injuries
- information about the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and how to access it.
4.3 Monitor and review controls
Due to the complexity of workplace factors that can cause mental health injury, it is important that risks to mental health are managed on an ongoing basis, and regularly reviewed. The principal and/or their delegate are required to monitor and review the effectiveness of implemented risk controls on a regular basis (for example, quarterly) in consultation with HSR and relevant employees.
Review of controls must be ongoing. However, additional reviews are required when:
- an incident or near miss is reported
- a new potential risk is identified (for example, through a report on eduSafe Plus).
Reviewed 08 March 2022