A few days away from World Mental Health Day, EMCOR United Kingdom has become the world’s first organization prove that it gives priority to its employees and be certified with respect to the new BSI regime that is sound related to the International Standard ISO 45003:2021 Occupational Health and Safety Management — Psychological health and safety at work — Guidelines for managing psychosocial risks.
The new international standard, which was released at the beginning of the year, provides guidance on how to improve the psychological health, safety and well-being of staffs.
It stresses the importance of developing a culture of safety and support by identifying and addressing the causes of psychological well-being in the workplace create a supportive environment for wellbeing.
The certification system, developed by BSI, will explore the implications of a workplace protection management system and that it is not just about physical well-being but also psychological well-being through the management of psychosocial risks, which may result in physical, mental, cognitive and emotional damage.
Kate Field, Global Health, Safety and Wellness Officer, BSI stated:
Mental well-being challenges in the workplace led to the loss of 38.8 million days in 2019-20 and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have only exacerbated the issue. Employees’ fitness and well-being are essential when looking at long-term effectiveness, organizational effectiveness and resiliency.
ISO 45003 helps organizations to understand issues, develop new organizational approaches and dynamically manage short- and long-term risks.
Support for psychological well-being in the workplace has never been so important in terms of stress burn-out, anxiety, and depression cost savings billions of dollars because of reduced productivity, long-term illness absences, and associated costs.
CEO of EMCOR UK, Keith Chanter said:
We are delighted to be the first organization in the world to be certified for this highly relevant PHS program. This shows our unwavering commitment to building an organizational culture that supports a safe and positive work environment where all our co-workers can flourish. Our goal is to make the world a better place to perform, and a key element is our responsibility as employers the protection and promotion of the physical and psychological health of our colleagues.
Hannah Clark, BSI’s Client Manager, stated:
One of the truly positive aspects of this role is the ability to work closely with customers where the passion for the topic is evident. That was exactly the case with EMCOR UK and its approach to managing psychosocial risks. The audit showed an efficient and systematic approach to managing psychosocial risk with input received from staff emphasizing the presence of support, an inclusive environment where employees cannot just grow and develop but also feel safe talking about their personal and work problems.
Kate Field added:
‘EMCOR UK deserves to be congratulated for becoming the leading organisation worldwide to be certified to BSI’s Psychological well-being Regime at Work, demonstrate that they give priority to their people. It is essential that organizations adopt a pro-active approach top-down approach to support the health, the safety and general well-being of staff and we hope that their achievements will encourage others to do the same.”
For further information about ISO 45003: OHSMS — Psychological Health and Safety at Work — Guidance for Psychosocial Risk Management please visit – https://www.siscertifications.com