H3. Health & Wellbeing Report
11 April, 2014
Submitted: 18 September, 2014
The health side of health and safety is very often overlooked. It’s something that is not as visible as a road sign or an item of plant. It’s not as easy to see and understand the benefits of wellbeing as the effects of poor health take a long time to appear and symptoms are far too often ignored. Chronic illnesses often result which can be life changing.
More people are absent from work due to ill health rather than incidents at work. Also more people die due to health conditions as a result of work activities than incidents at work. But yet we focus predominantly at work related safety with little attention to health.
This entry highlighted each month a wellbeing theme with the intention of raising awareness. To support the theme a toolbox talk will be issued to encourage debate and spread the word. A number of the themes tied in with national campaigns throughout the year as we aim to raise the importance of individual and family wellbeing.
We all need to consider the importance of our health. Individual wellbeing has a direct impact on our quality of life so the more we are aware of what we need to do to maintain it the better.
• Take regular exercise, by keeping physically active your making sure that your joints and body organs are kept in good working order.
• Watch your weight; being overweight can increase the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
• Healthy eating is about getting the right amounts of vitamins, minerals, protein and carbohydrates, as well as the right types of fats and sugars.
The problem was that these important aspects of employee’s health were being in some ways overlooked. Covering a wider range of medical conditions as possible along with identifying early signs and symptoms would prompt employees to get further medical assistance.
In many cases early recognition of medical conditions has an significant impact on future treatment. We decided we needed to raise the awareness of health issues.