Draft code targeting FIFO mental health open for comment
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is seeking feedback on a draft code of practice for mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers in the resources and construction sectors in Western Australia.
The development of this code was in response to the recommendations and findings of the Legislative Assembly Education and Health Standing Committee
final report on the impact of FIFO work practices on mental health, which was tabled on 18 June 2015.
The code is designed for those who have functions or responsibilities to manage exposure, as far as practicable, to psychosocial hazards and factors at workplaces, including the implementation of appropriate controls; strategies and programs for intervention, recovery and promotion of wellbeing; and monitoring and review (e.g. statutory reporting).
Although specifically covering FIFO work arrangements, the code may also be a useful source of information for residential and other long-distance commuting arrangements.
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