Psychological Health and Safety

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DOHS 4150

Instructor: Susan Sawatzky

The World Health Organization defines health as a "state of complete physical, mental and social well-being..." Yet until recently, mental and social well-being have been largely ignored by health and safety practitioners. As Canada begins creating a national mental health strategy, it becomes more important for health and safety practitioners to understand the key components required to enhance psychological health and safety in the workplace.

This course is focused on providing the background in theory and information needed to be able to properly address this quickly evolving area of health and safety. It will examine theories relating to workplace stress and its interrelationship with mental health. Strategies for dealing with counterproductive workplace behaviours such as conflict, workplace bullying and workplace violence will be examined with practical approaches and tools provided to assist in addressing these concerns. Motivational theories and their applications in the workplace will be reviewed, showing ways to increase employee engagement in a safety culture. Finally, a comprehensive roadmap will be provided, based on the new CSA-Z1003 Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace Standard, to assist organizations in advancing toward a psychologically healthy workplace environment.


1. Defining Psychological Health and Safety
2. Stress
3. Mental Health
4. Conflict
5. Workplace Bullying
6. Workplace Violence
7. Motivation
8. Developing a PH&S Program

About the instructor: Susan Sawatzky, owner of In-Scope Solutions, is an independent consultant for health and safety in the oil and gas and mining industries. Recent industry experience has included assisting a major mining corporation negotiate a fatigue based variance in response to new strict fatigue legislation in the Yukon. Susan was also involved in creating fatigue policy and guidelines for the Canadian oil and gas industry. Her work, though a key safety association, was instrumental in advancing the Fatigue Guiding Principles Agreement signed by the 6 key associations for the Canada oil and gas industry.

Susan holds a B.Ed. and has over 15 years of experience in resource development, and in education and training.

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