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NSW changes laws to protect workers’ mental health

From AAP:

New South Wales has become the first state to protect workers experiencing declining mental health as a result of burnout, traumatic injury and workplace harassment.

New changes to the state’s work health and safety laws came into effect in October, recognising psychosocial hazards in the workplace and requiring employers to manage risks.

The head of SafeWork NSW, Natasha Mann, said businesses were already implementing the new psychosocial hazard laws, designed to provide workplaces with clarity on their obligations and specify control measures.

“Psychosocial risks and hazards can cause a stress response leading to psychological or physical harm,” she said.

“They can stem from the work itself in the way it is designed and managed, from hazardous working environments, equipment use and social factors in the workplace.”

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