Dr Robyn Coman and Associate Professor Carlo Caponecchia discuss the identification and management of Psychosocial Hazards at Work. What are they? What do we have to do about them? Who is responsible? How do we manage these hazards in the workplace?
The overall responsibility for the management of psychosocial hazards in the workplace lies with the duty holders, such as persons conducting a business undertaking (PCBU); but we all have a responsibility for the safety of others in the workplace.
Carlo Caponecchia is an Associate Professor in the School of Aviation at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney and Co-Associate Dean Equity Diversity and Inclusion in the Faculty of Science UNSW. He has a background in psychology and works in Human Factors and Safety. He has particular interest and expertise in psychosocial risks and safe systems of work. Carlo is a member of the Standards Australia committee on Occupational Health and Safety Management and was part of the ISO TC283 working group responsible for the development of ISO45003. He is the Past President of the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment.
Dr Robyn Coman is a registered Physiotherapist, Ergonomist and Senior Lecturer in the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) discipline within the School of Health & Society at the University of Wollongong (UOW). She is a member of: Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA); Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (HFESA) (NSW Branch Committee & National Health Special Interest Group Committee); Safe Work NSW Musculoskeletal Disorder Consultative Group; UOW Centre for Occupational Public and Environmental Research in Safety & Health (COPERSH).
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