WA Government revises code of practice to protect health of FIFO workers

The McGowan Government has released an updated draft code of practice to help create mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out (FIFO) mine workers in Western Australia.

The second draft highlights everyone’s responsibilities for their own and others’ mental health and wellbeing. However, employers need to appropriately manage workers’ exposure to psychosocial hazards and factors in workplaces.

The aim of the code of practice is to reduce workers’ exposure to these hazards, regardless of their health experiences.

It underlines the importance of leadership commitment, supportive management, effective communication and appropriate monitoring.

Bill Johnston, Mines and Petroleum and Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister said, “The McGowan Government is committed to driving change in mental health, and improving workplace health and safety for all Western Australians.”

The draft details feedback from the public and how their issues were addressed. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety received 51 comments during its first round of consultation.

“While this code of practice targets FIFO workers in the resources and construction industries, its lessons can be applied across a range of sectors,” added Johnston.

It may be applicable to workers who work away from home in residential or long-distance commuting arrangements such as drive-in, drive-out (DIDO).

Western Australians have until Friday September 21, 2018 to comment on the second draft.

“The latest round of public consultation is another opportunity to ensure your voice is heard on the critical issue of mental health in the FIFO workforce,” concluded Johnston.