Everyone in a workplace should be treated fairly and with respect.
Everyone at the workplace has a WHS duty and can help ensure workplace bullying does not occur:
- PCBUs should be proactive in meeting their duty of care to reduce the risk of unacceptable behaviours occurring in their workplace
- workers should be aware of their duty of care not to bully others in the workplace.
Failing to take steps to manage the risk of bullying can result in a breach of the work health and safety laws.
The Work Health and Safety Act 2012 requires the PCBU to ensure the health and safety of its workers, including their physical and psychological health. This means PCBUs must take reasonable steps to ensure the mental health of its workers, and could face penalties under the Act if it fails to take steps to identify and prevent bullying in its workplace.
WorkSafe’s free Advisory Service can help you develop your safety management system, and support you to create a mentally safe and healthy workplace — a known factor in preventing workplace bullying. Our Advisors can help you with practical tools and resources to do this. Book a free visit with an Advisor.