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The Careful Workplace: Seeking Psychological Safety at Work in the Era of Canada's National Standard
By: Martin Shain, S.J.D.
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The Careful Workplace: Seeking Psychological Safety at Work in the Era of Canada's National Standard

The Careful Workplace is about psychological health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace in light of the new Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Standard CSA Z1003/BNQ 9700-803 on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, which the author was instrumental in helping to develop. The book covers the implications of the new Standard for the legal aspects of mental health in the workplace and psychological safety at work. In many ways, the book is about a new employee relations paradigm in treating employees with dignity and respect by doing no foreseeable physical or mental harm to workers. The central thesis of the book is that achievement of the careful workplace is assisted greatly by adopting the new National Standard in an authentic and comprehensive manner. The book places the Standard in the historical context of occupational health and safety development and of the evolution of the employment relationship itself. It also functions as a practical guide to implementing the Standard at both strategic and cultural levels. It also examines the economic and societal case for regulating the "front end" of the Standard which deals with the assessment of psychosocial risk levels and provides an example of how this might look.

About the Author
Dr. Martin Shain, S.J.D. is principal and founder of the Neighbour at Work Centre®, a consulting agency in workplace mental health established in 2004 []. Formerly he was a senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is an adjunct lecturer in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Occupational and Environmental Health Division, University of Toronto. Drawing on his background in law and social science, Martin consults with workplace stakeholders to help them understand and address their current and emerging responsibilities to provide and maintain psychologically safe and healthy workplaces. Martin wrote three policy discussion papers that form key foundations for the new National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (2013), a preliminary outline of which he first proposed in "Stress, Mental Injury and the Law" in 2009 []. He is an ongoing core member of the Technical Committee that developed the Standard into its present form and a member of a five-person Expert Panel that advises worksites participating in the Mental Health Commission of Canada's case study on implementation of the Standard. Martin helped develop the criteria for Canada's Safest Employers Psychological Safety Award and subsequently served as a judge to review applications for the first two years of its existence.