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When the heat is on: Stress and psychological safety in high-risk work environments

Working in a mine is a high-risk working environment, and inherently exposes employees to various physical dangers, leading to a constant state of alertness and stress. Add to this the pressure to perform, worries concerning job security, fear of safety for oneself and one’s family and the constant fear of accidents – it is no wonder that the industry is known for the type of acute psychological stress that contributes to burnout, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. In this article by Lani van der Merwe, Senior Consultant at OIM Consulting – Lani looks at the effects of psychological stress. She also defines psychological safety, the link between psychological safety and physical safety, and creating psychological safety.