Recent research found employers are failing to acknowledge & address the mental health of their staff. As part of a SafeWork strategy, a group of experts identify construction & scientific industries as the worst offenders.
The festive season is a peak time for weight gain. During the festive season, a typical Australian Christmas day is often centred around family, friends, eating and drinking. For many of us it is the culmination of weeks of socialising and overindulging.
After gaining around 2kgs, many people’s NY resolution is to try and lose this weight during the remainder of the year.
So if you want to avoid looking more like Santa than you would like read more.
There is a lot of talk these days in relation to if businesses have a responsibility in identifying poor health habits in their workforce and therefore can facilitating a healthy workplace help minimise related issues. Numerous studies tell businesses that invest in the employees’ health and wellbeing will have a healthier, happier, more engaged and productive workforce. Reducing business costs of employee absences, presenteeism and injury can become a focus however there are other benefits. A Comcare report commences “Strong evidence shows that good employee health and wellbeing boosts organisational health.” Ok, sounds great yet what are signs of an unhealthy workplace and what can be done to address.
Has one of your workers been injured outside of work and do you, as an business have an obligation to provide assistance to your worker? A non-work related injury/illness is defined as an injury or illness that did not arise out of or in the course of the workers employment. An injured worker includes a person with a temporary or permanent disability, physical or otherwise. It is important for businesses to be aware that allowing an injured worker to return to work after suffering an injury, especially a non-work related one, can be risky. If a worker returns to work before they are fit to do so and consequently aggravates his or her condition, the employer may find they are liable for a workers’ compensation claim.
Pre-employment health screening processes are a cost effective strategy to help appropriately place prospective employees in an environment that is suitable to their physical and psychological capacities. Pre-employment health screening process gathers information to help determine whether an individual is fit to perform the upcoming role tasks without risk to themselves or others in the workplace.
Approximately 1 in 3 workplace accidents result from manual handling related injuries and inexperienced employees often being at the greatest risk. Whether onsite or in offices these injuries can be avoided or minimised with appropriate training. Good posture and lifting techniques can help reduce the risks. Evidence also suggests workplace changes can also be effective strategy to minimise injuries.