Protecting employee mental health is vital, especially as the world adapts to the economic and societal challenges of the pandemic. Standards have a key role to play in safeguarding the well-being of the workforce.
In 2013, Canada released the world’s first standard on employee mental health in the workplace. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) led and commissioned the ground-breaking standard, CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013, Psychological health and safety in the workplace – Prevention, promotion, and guidance to staged implementation. The content of this standard was developed by two of SCC’s accredited Standards Development Organizations, the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) and CSA Group. The standard was downloaded more than 16,000 times in the first year.
The latest version of this national standard was published in 2018. It is a valuable and accessible tool that companies of any size can use and is available to download at no fee.
This standard offers employers a starting point for creating policies, training programs and audits that prioritize mental health in the workplace. It also helps employers identify hazards to an employee’s well-being, such as stress. The standard recommends that workers are treated with respect and rewarded for their good work.