Draft code targeting FIFO mental health open for comment

27 February 2018

WA Government: Mines and Petroleum and Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston has launched a draft code of practice to help promote and maintain the mental health of FIFO workers in the resources and construction sectors.

Developed by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, the Mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out workers in the resources and construction sectors code has been released for public comment.

It was created following recommendations from the Legislative Assembly Education and Health Standing Committee's report on the impact of FIFO practices on workers' mental health.

The draft code of practice uses a risk assessment process to identify potential psychosocial hazards and factors, and helps protect mental health in the workplace.

Western Australians have until Thursday April 19, 2018 to comment on the code.

For more information, visit http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Consultation-16497.aspx

Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum and Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston:

"Creating a mentally healthy workplace not only benefits the mental health and wellbeing of the workforce but builds trust and respect, and enhances an organisation's reputation.

"The draft code aims to provide companies that employ FIFO workers with guidance on managing mental illness at work.

"Consultation has been an important part of developing the draft code and I encourage Western Australians to provide comment on the draft document.

"Tragically, on average, one Western Australian takes their life every day, which is why the McGowan Government is committed to driving change in mental health, and improving workplace health and safety."




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