Topic: Building safety consciousness in pandemic times – How to ensure people follow OHS guidelines in your workplace.
Presenter: Dr Natasha Lazareski, Managing Director, PsyFlex
The latest presentation in the new series of CSG Talks videos exclusive to Central Safety Group while normal physical meetings are suspended.
Returning to the workplace after the Covid-19 shutdown presents OHS challenges from both a physical and psychological perspective.
In this video, Dr Natasha Lazareski talks about how OHS managers can help employees adjust to the new reality and pandemic-safe workplaces. She outlines an easy to apply guide for employees to embrace the new safety requirements and interact with respect and tolerance towards others.
As an occupational health and behavioural science specialist, Natasha offers six helpful points in this video for managing occupational and psychosocial risk in a post-lockdown workplace that requires everyone to comply with Covid-19 guidelines.
Natasha explains that we all feel differently about this new situation, and while we cannot control our feelings, we have control over our actions. At work our actions should show respect, compassion, caring and understanding towards those who have different feelings about the impact of Covid-19.
About the Presenter:
Natasha Lazareski is a medical doctor, specialising in occupational health, with 21 years of experience in Australian organisations. She is also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy.
In 2006, in the wake of the SARS pandemic, as medical and injury management services manager at IAG, Natasha was actively engaged in developing an organisational response to a possible influenza pandemic. At the time, medical experts knew that another airborne or droplet-borne pandemic was imminent.
Natasha has been following COVID 19 developments closely since January and has been supporting workplaces worldwide with their response to infection control and occupational stress management.
Natasha's other work with a wide range of organisations, including government institutions, has resulted in the successful development of sustainable risk management strategies and holistic health frameworks that build resilient employees and a positive workplace culture. Her approach, as well as providing occupational safety advice, is to help employees initiate and maintain desired occupational safety behaviours in their workplaces.