Healthy Workplaces

Healthy workers are productive workers

Background:

Chronic disease is on the rise, with over 33% of working age Australians suffering from at least one chronic condition.  This situation is increasing as the working population ages and habits become more sedentary. Chronic disease, which is considered to be largely preventable, is identified as the prime cause of lost work time in the working-age population and often leads to disability and early retirement.  The costs incurred by organisations are huge, when considering the combined cost of sick leave, workplace injuries, replacement workers, lost production capacity, managing return to work, and staff turnover.  In addition, PCBUs (organisations) have an obligation under the WHS Act to take care of their workers physical and psychological health.  These factors combine to build a strong business case for implementing a workplace health program, where the cost is more than covered by potential savings, and workers become healthier, happier, and more productive.

Timing:  3 hour workshop

Who should attend:

The course is aimed at all Workers, Supervisors, HSRs and Managers, who want to explore ways to build a healthy and productive work team.

Workshop Overview: 

This course provides information on how to put the “health” into work health safety.  It explores ways to go beyond the token “bowl of fruit in the lunchroom”, and identify your workplace’s key health hazards, and formulate an action plan to encourage healthier habits.

Topics covered include:

  • Awareness of the effects of unhealthy habits for business productivity, and worker quality of life.
  • Identifying workplace hazards, such as poor eating habits, sedentary work, excessive noise, repetitive tasks, exposure to chemicals, smoking, shift work, sun exposure, bullying and harassment, stress and fatigue.
  • Using workplace audit, surveys and records to identify key risk areas.
  • Risk assessment and choosing appropriate controls.
  • Selecting priority risks, and consulting workers on design of a healthy program.
  • How to gain commitment to initiatives such as quit smoking, improving eating habits, increasing exercise.
  • Incentives and rewards to encourage engagement in the program.
  • Embedding healthy practices and policies into a workplace culture of care by addressing vision, places and people.

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