Designing Employee Support Services (ESP's) for Workplace Mental Health
Dublin - Thursday 31st January 2019 Kilkenny - Thursday 28th February 2019 Galway - Thursday 21st March 2019
Irish Legislation: Mental Health and the Workplace
It is important for employers and employees to know about their legislative rights and responsibilities in relation to mental health at work. Two of the most relevant pieces of legislation are The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (SHWW Act) and the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015. Under Section 19 of the SHWW Act employers are obliged to carry out a risk assessment and advise employees of the outcome.
Reasonable Accommodation for Mental Health Risks.
The application of equality legislation to people with mental health difficulties is broad. The following mental health difficulties have been found to be included within the definition of disability: Depression, reactive depression, stress, anxiety and depression, severe generalised anxiety disorder, alcoholism, claustrophobia, agoraphobia, schizophrenia, anorexia, stress, work related stress. Employers are now obliged to provide reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities.
Maurice Quinlan 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. He has designed a high value learning seminar and reference manual for workplace intoxicants (defined as drugs and alcohol) to comply with Section 13(1) b of the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005 and The Road Traffic Act (3) 2014. He has also designed a high value learning seminar and reference manual on Workplace Behavioural and Mental Health Risks.
Learning objectives: Those attending this presentation will learn about the following
Explaining the evolution from duty of care to reasonable accommodation and the implications for employer liability.
How to conduct a behavioural risk assessment for all risks, including mental health and disabilities.
Reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities.