ON THE NATIONAL STANDARD OF CANADA FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE

Background

Since the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) championed the release of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) in January 2012, there has been a significant interest in its adoption from organizations of different sizes and sectors across Canada.

This document is meant to reflect general answers to some frequently asked questions by Canadian organizations around the four phased approach to implement the Standard: Building the foundation, What is your gap?, What are your objectives?, and work the plan.

Inspiration for this FAQ series arose, in part, from the case study research project, a three-year national study (February 2014 – January 2017) designed to follow more than 40 organizations Canada-wide as they implement the Standard. The purposes of this study are to:

  • document promising practices, gaps, challenges;
  • better understand costs and benefits and;
  • help build a strong business case for Canadian employers

The FAQ series will be updated frequently to address general questions being asked by organizations participating in the case study project and other employers at large.

About the Standard: The free and voluntary National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace is the first of its kind in the world. It is intended to provide systemic voluntary guidelines for Canadian employers that will enable them to develop and continuously improve psychologically healthy and safe work environments for their employees. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) championed the development of the Standard in collaboration with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the Bureau de normalization du Québec (BNQ). The Standard can be downloaded, at no cost, from the CSA’s website and BNQ’s website.

DISCLAIMER

This Q&A offers responses of a general nature and thus may or may not be applicable to your organization’s specific situation. We encourage you to review these answers in the same spirit and use the information that best suits your needs. Neither the Mental Health Commission of Canada nor the authors of this document will be responsible for the actions of any organization, based on these responses.

IMPLEMENTATION QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

PHASE 1 - BUILDING THE FOUNDATION

PHASE 2 – WHAT IS YOUR GAP?

PHASE 3 – WHAT ARE YOUR OBJECTIVES?

PHASE 4 – WORK THE PLAN