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

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

Archive

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