The Risk Management Tool Box Blog

Identifying Psychological Hazards

Jay Stansell - Sunday, May 15, 2011

This blog is the last in my series of features about the various types of hazards. This week I turn to psychological sources of hazard.

The psychosocial hazard has recently been acknowledged in legislation as a workplace hazard.  This type of hazard relates to mental health and behavioural disorders.

For the purpose of inclusion into the energy hazard model psychosocial hazards refers to the energy produced by human thinking and behaviour.  The hazard involves human motivation and the direction of human behaviour.

This hazard is all about what makes people do the things they do, even when some of those “things” may be harmful to the self, or to other people.

Forms of harmful psychosocial hazard include:

»            Deliberate and intentional behaviour (e.g., suicide actions);

»            Wilful negligence;

»            Criminal intentions (e.g., intention to steal); and

»            Terrorist intentions (e.g., intention to murder).

Psychosocial hazards in the workplace contribute to work related stress and lead to range of unwanted incidents which include:

»            Bullying;

»            Harassment;

»            Occupational violence;

»            Customer aggression; and

»            Exposure to alcohol and drug misuse.

JSA Manual
Aveling
Comments
Anonymous commented on 17-Mar-2012 03:07 PM
Thanks for this information, needed it!

Post a Comment




Captcha Image

Trackback Link
http://www.therisktoolboxshop.com/BlogRetrieve.aspx?BlogID=4103&PostID=101739&A=Trackback
Trackbacks
Post has no trackbacks.

Recent Posts


Tags

Safety Conference Safe Operating Procedure (SOP) Safety Moment WMC Resources Chevron Aviation Safety APPEA Rosedale Abbey Toolbox talk Global Harmonized System Marine Safety Raspberry Ketones Scam WA Resources Safety Safety Information Posters Working at height Hydraulic Fracturing ("fracking") Process Hazard Management Bio-hazards Nautronix BHP Billiton WorkSafe WA Contract Risk Management one per center OHS Law Customer Testimonial Save our Seafarers Campaign ALARP BP Hospital Safety UK HSE Hazardous Substances Emergency Response Energy Model of Hazards Ladder Safety Natural Hazard ENI Australia Driving Safety Isolation Control Situational Awareness NOPSA Crane lifts Road Transport Risk Management Australian OSH Codes of Practice Salute to Our Hero's Kinetic Energy Farm safety Safety Culture Survey Hierarchy of Safety Control HSE Leadership Sakhalin Energy Slips, trips and falls LOTO Catostrophic Disaster Rail Safety Nanotechnology IFAP Best bars in the oil patch Newfield MSDS Kellogg Joint Venture Risk Tool Box SPE HSE Innovation Award Risk Assessment Safety Alert Job Safety Analysis Hess Pollution prevention Incident Investigation Total Fire Prevention Behaviour-based Safety (BBS) Safe at Home Psycho-social Hazards Construction Safety Excavations Walking TK Shipping Hot work CSB Water Corporation Management of Change Hazard Awareness Woodside Radiation Sources Santos US OSHA Unconventional Oil Electrical hazards Manufacturing Working with explosives Fatigue Management NOPSEMA Unconventional Gas Manual handling Mining Safety Awards Occupational Overuse Syndrome Thank God it's Friday Drilling OSHA Procedures Oil Spill Response Shell Office Safety Work in Confined Spaces Safety Video NORM Call Centers PPE Safety "one per-center's" Social Responsibility Workplace bullying Coal Seam Gas Safety PowerPoint Presentation Unconventional Hydrocarbons Railway Safety Health Safety Management Program Hazard Spotting Supervision

Archive

Blog / Terms of Use / Site Map / Disclaimer / Risk Management Tool Box 2009. All rights reserved. Web design by Luminosity. E-Commerce by JStores.