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One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health obstacle at some point in their lives. Mental health controls how we think, feel and behave and is often a reaction to a difficult life event, but it can also be caused by work-related trauma. Work-related issues must be assessed to measure the levels of risk to staff, and it is the employer’s responsibility to make the necessary adjustments to ensure that its employees’ wellbeing is forefront of the business agenda.

What is the ISO 45003?

ISO 45003 is the world’s first international workplace standard with the purpose of providing better support surrounding psychological health and safety within the workplace. Included within the standard is guidance on recognising the psychosocial hazards affecting employees, such as those working from home and what employers need to be offering staff to improve their wellbeing.

Based on ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety, which was written to help organisations of all sizes with their occupational health and safety management, ISO 45003 enhances these standards to focus more on health and wellbeing.

How ISO 45003 can help organisations improve their wellbeing and safety culture?

Organisations are recognising that supporting their employee’s mental health has never been more important. But, as well as helping you to build a positive working environment and reduce the risk of ill-health, ISO 45003 can help you improve your organisation’s resilience, enhancing productivity and performance whilst also increasing employee engagement and innovation, improving recruitment and retention, and reducing absence from workplace stress and anxiety.

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How Pennington Choices can help…

Pennington Choices can help you assess your organisation’s psychosocial health and safety through an Occupational Health and Safety Strategic Gap Analysis, which covers safety and wellbeing culture, or a bespoke audit of your health and safety maturity. To find out more or to receive a FREE bespoke consultation, please get in touch with one of our experienced Health and Safety Consultants by emailing: asktheexperts@pennington.org.uk.

Alternatively, why not take a look at our previous Health and Safety mini masterclass event recordings by clicking here, or by downloading our FREE guides to helping you manage your Health and Safety obligations, which can be accessed by clicking here.