Selling the psychological safety standard (Guest Commentary)

The University of Waterloo shares its experience
By Linda Brogden
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/02/2015

I saw the first draft of the Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in 2011 when working with Mary Ann Baynton, one of the members of the technical committee who developed the standard. As the occupational health nurse at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, I immediately felt the content would be beneficial in our workplace.  


In the spring of 2012, the university was asked to join six other organizations from across Canada to become early adopters of the standard. These early adopters included the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), CIBC, Bell Canada, Great West Life Assurance Company (GWL) and Nova Scotia Public Services (NSPS). I was very interested in what the standard could do to enhance the quality of our workplace for all employees.