Many governments around the world are working to use standards to establish mental health in the workplace as a recognized and permanent value. Canada and the United Kingdom are two leading examples.
The Canadian Mental Health Commission, in their booklet – Making the Case for Investing in Mental Health in Canada, reported that the economic cost of mental illnesses to the Canadian healthcare and social support system was projected at $79.9 billion for the year 2021.
SAHARA is a SaaS, workplace risk assessment, safety and mental health management and training technology that enables organizations to take proactive steps to realize measurable improvements in safety performance and corporate wellness.
Our mission – to help educate, empower, and proactively mitigate physical and mental health related risks to reduce incidents in the workplace.
SAHARA allows organizations of all sizes to cost-effectively meet and exceed the requirements outlined in the CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013 National Standard of Canada .
This Standard specifies requirements for a documented and systematic approach to develop and sustain a psychosocial healthy and safe workplace including a framework to create and continually improve a psychologically healthy and safe workplace specifically:
SAHARA educates and empowers workers to recognize potential hazards and how mental health and mindset directly correlates to increasing their risk of injury in the workplace. The human factors and the hazards identified in the work environment are combined to calculate the Risk Level. The worker’s Risk Level is displayed excluding specific details from their Personal Wellness Self-Assessment.
Anonymity is key to honest responses and eliminating evaluator bias. There may be factors which create an additional hazard the worker does not want to disclose. For example, they may be a driver or operator taking antidepressant medication which is known to cause blurred vision and anxiety, but they do not wish to tell their employer about their medical details.
The Personal Wellness Self-Assessment is confidential and correlates to the worker/employee’s current mental health. Questions related to personal safety, psychological issues, well-being, and right to refuse unsafe work align with emerging standards. Workers that trigger a .
Self-assessed workplace human factors can relate to how the worker is engaged and tasked at the workplace. These may include comfort, confidence, self-assessed ability, training, accident history, peer-pressure, asking for help, pressure to complete work, support etc.
Customizable questions can be specific to the worker at the time of assessment, independent of the workplace and duties e.g., mental fitness-for-work, alertness, sleep, distraction, alcohol or drug impairment components, language, hunger, dehydration, travel time, stress, fatigue, jetlag, shift pattern, anxiety of personal life, despair.
Personalized Recommendations are provided including mobile eLearning courses that directly relate to their job, workplace, selected hazards, and their Personal Self-Assessment. If a High-Risk Level is triggered, workers can access immediate support to an anonymous crisis response support organization and/or Corporate HR representative.
See Industry Vertical Examples – SAHARA 4 Energy, Resources, & Industry , SAHARA 4 Service Hospitality and Tourism , and SAHARA 4 Welding . We can customize or create a new SAHARA version that meets your hazard assessment and safety requirements. SAHARA is delivered free to high schools through the SiS Foundation of Canada.
SAHARA is integrated into the SWIFT SaaS Platform which includes the SWIFT LMS. The SWIFT LMS provides comprehensive reporting and can incorporate AI and Machine Learning tools enabling data analysis to identify leading and lagging hazard indicators to better manage ESG, HSE, corporate, and employee wellness.