National standard on mental health not a burden (Guest commentary)

‘Adaptable, flexible’ voluntary standard coming later this year provides resources, can help reduce employer costs and risks and improve organizational performance
By Mary Ann Baynton
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/27/2012

When the proposed National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace is published in the fall of 2012, it will be voluntary.

The standard — championed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), in collaboration with CSA Standards and the Bureau de normalisation du Québec — is not intended to be just another burden on employers. Rather, it recognizes that by fostering a psychologically safe and healthy workplace, costs and risks can be reduced and organizational performance can be improved.

Funding for the standard is coming from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Bell, according to MHCC.