WA’s New FIFO Mental health Code

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