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CSA commences consultations on voluntary national standard for Psychological Health and Safety in Workplace

The Canadian Standards Association ("CSA") announced yesterday that it is commencing consultations on the development of a voluntary "National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace".

The CSA's November 2, 2011 news release provides:

As the leading cause of short and long term disability in Canadian workplaces, psychological health and safety impacts in Canada are substantial.

However, in 2012 Canadian employers will have increased support for improving the psychological health and safety of their employees with the development of a National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. All Canadians are welcome to participate in a 60‐day public consultation that began November 1, 2011. The close of the Public Review period has been extended from December 31, 2011 to January 6, 2012. All comments are due by January 6, 2012.

Once completed, the voluntary national standard will provide organizations with the tools to achieve measurable improvement in psychological health and safety for Canadian employees.

Championed by The Mental Health Commission of Canada, this standard is being developed collaboratively with the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). The funding for this project has been provided by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Bell.

The completed voluntary National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace is scheduled to be released in the second half of 2012.