INSTITUTE FOR OCCUPATIONAL PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH AND SAFETY (IOPHS)

The IOPHS has researched, developed and standardised the Psychological Health and Safety Index (PHSI-S).  The PHSI-S is an organisational survey, which measures employees' perception of their psychological health and safety in the workplace, as it pertains to six psychological health and safety dimensions:

  • Psychological Hazards-Safety
  • Psychological Health
  • Physical Health
  • Stress-Fatigue-Burnout
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Coping Capability

The survey also measures and  reports on occupational psychological health and safety risk indexes, as well as a composite occupational psychological health index. 

The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2018) defines psychological health as 'a state of complete physical, social, and mental well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity; a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community'

The same standard defines psychological safety as 'the absence of harm and/or threat of harm to mental well-being that a worker might experience' and states that a psychologically healthy and safe workplace is 'a workplace that promotes workers' psychological well-being and actively works to prevent harm to worker psychological health including in negligent, reckless, or intentional ways'

The Psychological Health and Safety Index (PHSI-S) is a reflection of an organisation's employees' experience and perception of the six psychological health and safety dimensions in the workplace.

An example of a survey report can be accessed hy clicking here