Contact us and FAQs

WorkSafe Saskatchewan has partnered with Dr. Joti Samra and MyWorkplaceHealth to create a range of free resources that can help employers, leaders and workers enhance the psychological health and safety of their work environment.

Contact information

WorkSafe Saskatchewan
Email: worksafeinquiry@wcbsask.com

WorkSafe Saskatchewan is a partnership between the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety and the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board, created to reduce the incidence of occupational illness and injury.

The WorkSafe Saskatchewan partnership was formed in 2002 when Saskatchewan’s occupational injury rate sat at a twenty-year record high of 4.95 per cent. WorkSafe Saskatchewan reflected the partners’ belief that public education combined with targeted workplace and industry programming could reverse the trend.

WorkSafe Saskatchewan programming includes social marketing campaigns, a community relations program and targeted workplace and industry interventions.

Learn more about WorkSafe Saskatchewan

MyWorkplaceHealth
Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych., CEO & Founder
Email: swcb@myworkplacehealth.com
Join our LinkedIn group for WCB employers.

Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. is a national thought leader on issues relating to psychological health, wellness and resilience. She is the CEO and Founder of MyWorkplaceHealth, a full-suite national workplace consulting firm and Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych & Associates, an in-office and online (virtual) clinical counselling practice with offices located throughout British Columbia.

Dr. Samra is a highly-regarded expert in psychological health and safety (PH&S). Over the past two decades, she has been involved in numerous national initiatives that have contributed to policy change in Canada, and is a Founding & Ongoing Member of the CSA Technical Committee that developed the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace. This Standard is the first of its kind in the world, and is shaping policy development for workplace PH&S at the international Organization for Standardization (ISO) level.

Dr. Samra is the lead research scientist who created Guarding Minds at Work: A Workplace Guide to Psychological Health & Safety, in which the psychosocial factor frame adopted by the Standard was developed. She is also the developer of the Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment, an assessment and action planning resource that aligns leaders’ skills with the requirements of the Standard. Dr. Samra and her team have extensive expertise in helping organizations implement initiatives related to workplace PH&S including implementation of the CSA Standard; providing leadership development, training and coaching services across a broad range of areas, including emotional intelligence, psychologically safe leadership and mental health awareness; and, providing a breadth of services to enhance employee psychological health, wellness and resilience.

Dr. Samra has received a number of awards and accolades for her clinical and research work. She is proud to be the recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association’s New Researcher Award and the British Columbia Psychological Association’s Advancement of the Profession of Psychology Award. She is also the former President of the BC Psychological Association and past Chair of the BC Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Committee.

Learn more about MyWorkplaceHealth

Submit a question

Fields marked with an * are required.

FAQs

WorkSafe Saskatchewan has developed this site in partnership with Dr. Joti Samra and MyWorkplaceHealth to provide free resources for employers and workers on psychological health and safety (PH&S). As you navigate through the site, you will find a range of resources including definitions, FAQs, best practices, infographics, action plan templates and videos. The core resources are organized around the CSA National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety, psychologically safe leadership and employee resilience.

Fortunately, creating a psychologically healthy and safe workplace does not require a large budget. Many free public resources exist, including this resource centre, which has been created to support small, midsize and large employers through their PH&S journey. The PH&S Resource Centre comes complete with many free resources, programs, training and areas to connect with other organizations addressing PH&S.

The resource centre comes equipped with sections for both leaders and workers. Each page will contain information relevant to one’s position and will help one understand what is required of them to assist in workplace PH&S.

Absolutely not. Ensuring a psychologically healthy and safe workplace is an ongoing process. As with occupational health and safety, PH&S involves a continual process of assessment, implementation, evaluation and improvement. We recommend you initially familiarize yourself with all elements of PH&S and reflect on strengths and opportunities for improvement for each. You will likely find areas you have strength in already within your organization. Work towards ensuring those stay strong. Following that, work towards targeting those areas of particular relevance or risk to your work environment.

Each factor has detailed information including its definition, relevant FAQ’s, videos, infographics and a sample action plan that guides you in taking a first step towards implementation.

Community of Practice

For those interested in joining a Community of Practice on Psychological Health and Safety (PH&S), please contact us at swcb@myworkplacehealth.com.

Community of Practice definition: A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a common concern, a set of problems, or an interest in a topic and who come together to fulfill both individual and group goals.

Objectives:

Provide a network of like-minded firms interested in building and improving their psychological health and safety systems.

Facilitate information and knowledge sharing as it relates to the development and implementation of psychological health and safety systems.

Provide professional guidance and support in meeting the CoP requirements and working through implementation challenges.

Develop a CoP model with defined milestones that can be replicated in the future.

The CSA/BNQ National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

What is the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace?

The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – the first of its kind in the world – is a voluntary set of best practice guidelines that specify requirements for a systematic approach to develop and sustain a psychologically healthy and safe workplace. A psychologically healthy and safe workplace has been defined in the National Standard as “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 Standard recommends that organizations look to implement a Psychological Health and Safety Management System (PHSMS) for assessing how policies, processes and interactions in the workplace might impact the psychological health and safety (PH&S) of workers. It should be noted that implementation of a PHSMS is not about diagnosing the mental health issues of workers.

Implementing the framework and approaches in the Standard can help organizations with:

  • worker productivity
  • increased worker happiness and engagement
  • reduced incidents and injuries – both physically and psychologically
  • reduced claims
  • increased customer satisfaction
  • reduced absenteeism and presenteeism
  • recruitment and retention
  • workplace and worker resilience
  • increased profits

Click the link below to view and download the Standard.

Download the Standard