The McGowan Government has released an updated draft FIFO code of practice to protect Western Australian mine workers’ mental health in the workplace.
The second draft suggests that employers need to manage workers’ exposure to psychosocial hazards despite everyone’s responsibility for their own and others’ mental health and wellbeing.
It underlines the importance of leadership support, competent supervision, effective communication and appropriate review to manage risks.
The revised FIFO code of practice aimed to more clearly communicate this message.
It also addressed the feedback and issues that were received during the first round. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety said it had received 51 responses.
Bill Johnston, Mines and Petroleum and Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister, said, “While this code of practice targets FIFO workers in the resources and construction industries, its lessons can be applied across a range of sectors.”
It will give useful information to people who are working away from home, including residential and other long distance commuting arrangements such as drive-in drive-out DIDO.
The department is seeking Western Australians’ input on the revised draft until September 21.
“The latest round of public consultation is another opportunity to ensure your voice is heard on the critical issue of mental health in the FIFO workforce,” Johnston said.
More than 20 percent of 1100 workers sampled in a Medical Journal of Australia survey last year displayed poor mental health rating — in contrast to 15 per cent in the general population.
Thirty per cent of those surveyed displayed high or very high levels of psychological distress.