Australia’s first code of practice addressing mental health of FIFO workers in the resources and construction sectors has been implemented in Western Australia.
The ‘Mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out workers in the resources and construction sectors’ code pertains to hazards and risk factors in FIFO workplaces after research found that these workers were at a higher risk of psychological distress than their counterparts who weren’t involved in FIFO work.
The code encourages organisations to create a positive and supportive workplace culture and identify potential psychosocial hazards through a risk management process. It also encourages them to provide workers with a healthy work/life balance, with suitable accommodation and rosters with sufficient time for rest and recreation.
The code can be viewed at http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Safety/Codes-of-practice-16145.aspx