Psychosocial risk assessment & action plan

There is good work and toxic work. Toxic work is when there are one or more factors that significantly harm wellbeing such as bullying, workload or poor leadership.

Employee wellbeing is inextricably linked to the quality of work, including factors such as workload, autonomy, relationships with colleagues and managers, job design, and career development.

In order to design ‘good work’ you need to first identify the risks to mental health and wellbeing, also known as ‘psychosocial risks’. Psychosocial risks are work related issues that can lead to psychological or physical harm.

Mental Wellbeing By Design

The Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum, in partnership with Leading Safety, have developed a process to assist you in identifying the psychosocial risks in your workplace and redesign the work to protect mental wellbeing of your people.

The Mental Wellbeing By Design process allows people doing similar work to identify work-related factors that are either protecting or potentially harming their wellbeing at work.

The Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum have a template available to use in-house for you to run your own process.

Hear Dr Bennett from Leading Safety explain psychosocial risks and the tool she developed for the Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum to assess these risks:

Alternatively, you can have the process facilitated by Leading Safety either online or in a face-to-face workshop.

After the workshop, a report is generated that captures the relevant work-related factors and initial ideas shared. The same participants then reconvene with their leader / manager / facilitator to work with the insights gained to identify ways to eliminate or minimise key risks and sustain or enhance key protective factors.

For further information please contact Dr Hillary Bennett from Leading Safety on


This document gives guidelines for managing psychosocial risks within an occupational health and safety management system based on ISO45001. It enables organisations to prevent work related injury and ill health of their workers and other interested parties, and to promote wellbeing at work. It is applicable to organisations of all sizes and in all sectors, for the development, implementation, maintenance and continual improvement of healthy and safe workplaces.

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