Workplace mental health is now a safety issue

Is your EAP relevant and fit for purpose?

Major differences have developed in response to workplace mental health between the US, the 51 European countries and the 27 EU member states. In July of this year a new global standard ISO 45003 was published and this will have future implications on how Safety Managers treat mental health as a disability and a safety risk. It will also provide a major challenge to EAP providers to move towards a compliance based as distinct from an employee counselling only approach.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) with 47,000 members worldwide has  long raised the issue of work stress and mental health disabilities and is urging its members to think safety, compliance, risk assessments, and employee support therapy to address the mental health issues that are now impacting the workplace. A previous report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) cited the lack of response by employers to support workers with mental health disabilities.

The EAP Institute Waterford Ireland will present an online learning course “Workplace Mental Health – Complying with Safety and Equality Obligations” on Thursday 20th January and Thursday 27th Jan 2022 (Will take place over two mornings) Part 1 from 10am to 1pm on Thursday 20th January Part 2 from 10am to 1pm Thursday 27th January 2022.

 Course Learning Objectives

Outline employers obligations under Safety and Equality legislation and the guidance by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) on workplace mental health and the new ISO 45003 standard on “Workplace Psychological Health and Psychosocial risks” published in July 2021

How to conduct a mental health risk assessments for all mental health risks and providing reasonable accommodation on for employees with mental health  disabilities

Defining limits of Manager’s role in relation to managing poor performance and signposting employees to appropriate mental health professionals and community based resources, for support assessment and rehabilitation.

Presenter: Maurice Quinlan Director of EAP Institute introduced the Occupational Alcoholism Programme (OAPs) concept to Europe and hosted the first seminar on this topic in the Clarence Hotel, Dublin, in September 1980. In 2018 he designed the Waterford model of Employee Support Services (ESS) to manage workplace mental health risks.

 Further Information from:

Irene Kenny, Conference Administrator EAP Institute, 143 Barrack Street Waterford Ireland

Tel: +353 51 855733


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.Power-point Presentation will be emailed to each delegate after the course