Systems Thinking: A Regulator’s view of preventing mental health and manual handling injuries- a nudge towards systems thinking
There is now considerable evidence that injury, including musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and poor mental health outcomes are caused by multiple, interacting factors across the work system. In practice, however, most incident reporting and investigation systems focus on the injured person and the immediate context. As a result, the response to injury is often focused on training, or retraining, individuals.
OHS practitioners, professionals and leaders are in a unique position to be able to influence better injury prevention and reduction of risk.
This panel session will discuss WorkSafe Victoria’s systems approach to inspections and regulation of health and safety risks in the workplace focusing on the key hazards of manual handling, OVA and mental health (fatigue, stress, bullying). Understanding the impacts of the systems thinking approach can result in improved, sustainable change at workplace level.
See how workplaces can improve their OHS systems by utilising WorkSafe Victoria’s suite of tailored guidance to ensure prevention-led strategies are in place.