I have just downloaded the NSW Emergency Services new app, ‘Hazards Near Me’ (https://www.nsw.gov.au/emergency/hazards-near-me-app). Of course, this compliments the recent Code of Practice for Psychosocial Hazards (https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/list-of-all-codes-of-practice/codes-of-practice/managing-psychosocial-hazards-at-work).
So, download the app and if anyone near you has a mental health issue, depression, anxiety or social dysfunction, the app will quickly send a signal to apply ‘controls’ to that ‘hazard’. Ah Safety, you’ve done it again!
So this raises a lot of questions. Some of them are: so is it a “hazard” to be near someone with depression? If so, what is the “hazard” associated with depression? What are the “controls” to protect workers against someone with depression? What about other mental health conditions? Is being over stressed a hazard? How do you “control” this. In a long line of ridiculous ideas this one seems to be the champion of ridiculous. And, it is a sure way to convince people living with mental health conditions to hide it even more. This will stigmatise mental health issues even more. The only winners here are (as usual) people making money off the sale of this snake oil app.