The Careful Workplace: From Vision to Reality (On-Demand)

Practical implications of the National Standard of Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace for the HR and OHS professional



On Demand
Course Leader : Martin Shain, S.J.D.
Duration : 1 hour 0 minute
Price: $69.00

Canada’s national Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (CSA Z1003/BNQ9700-803) was released in January 2013 but in spite of its wide distribution it is often interpreted and applied in ways that were not intended by its drafters. This has led in many cases to a dilution of its intended effects.

This webinar will help participants understand:

  • The original purpose of the Standard, the stated vision of which is the achievement of a “Careful Workplace.” In such a workplace there must be both a psychologically safe system of work and a psychologically safe culture.
  • The practical implications of the systemic and cultural requirements of the Standard for both HR and OHS roles.
  • The case for legal regulation of the psychosocial risk assessment part of the Standard in order for
    • Its full potential as a national mental health protection policy to be actualized, and
    • Its fundamental purpose of preventing reasonably foreseeable harm to the mental health of workers to be achieved
  • Connections with existing and proposed legislation and regulation

PRESENTER: Martin Shain, S.J.D

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. He was formerly 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. His most recent book is The Careful Workplace: Seeking psychological safety at work in the era of Canada’s national standard published by Thomson Reuters, 2016.