Guarding Minds @ Work from CCOHS
In this week’s post, we share a free resource from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). Developed by a team of researchers from the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) within Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, the Guarding Minds @ Work (GM@W) is based on an analysis of data from a national sample, reviews of best practices at a national and international level, and current and emerging Canadian legislation and case law. The CCOHS website further indicates that GM@W is intended to protect and promote workplace psychological health and safety. With GM@W, employers can assess and address 13 specific psychosocial factors. These factors are known to have a significant influence on employees’ health as well as on the health and financial bottom line of organizations.
As this is a comprehensive resource requiring considerable time to implement, organizations may become overwhelmed by the worksheets, documents, and information to be gathered. It may, therefore, be helpful for organizations to garner the support of disability management and vocational rehabilitation professionals who can play a pivotal role in implementing the GM@W tool. Disability management and vocational rehabilitation professionals can also help organizations assess, evaluate, and take appropriate action to address psychological health and safety issues as well as recognize where psychological health and safety measures are already in place. What are your thoughts about the GM@W resource?