Western Australia has launched Australia’s first code of practice addressing the mental health of FIFO workers in the resources and construction sectors.
The ‘Mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out workers in the resources and construction sectors’ code aims to address hazards and risk factors in FIFO workplaces.
A Government-funded research released by Minister for Mental Health in 2018 found that FIFO workers experience higher levels of psychological distress than non-FIFO workers.
Parts of the code encourage organisations to:
- adopt a risk management process to identify potential psychosocial hazards,
- establish a positive and supportive workplace culture and
- provide suitable accommodation and rosters with sufficient time for rest and recreation.
Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston said the McGowan Government was committed to driving change in mental health and improving the wellbeing of FIFO workers and their families.
“The code identifies a number of potential hazards and risk factors, such as work demands and low levels of control, and it promotes strategies to deal with these issues,” Minister Johnston said.
“A positive, mentally healthy workplace not only benefits employees but also enhances an organisation’s reputation for supporting and respecting its workforce.
“I’d like to thank all the workers, family members, industry, professional bodies, unions, academia, consultants and local government for their feedback during consultation.
“It’s especially pleasing the Mining Industry Advisory Committee and Commission for Occupational Safety and Health unanimously endorsed the code.”
To view the code, visit http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Safety/Codes-of-practice-16145.aspx