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H1. Chronic Conditions Guide and Carers
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 29 April, 2015
Please describe how you have supported staff with chronic conditions or those with unpaid caring responsibilities over the last year. There is a 2000-character limit when completing this section
Musculoskeletal Disorders are one of the leading causes of sickness absence at GSK. An online workstation training and self assessment tool has now been deployed to all UK sites. It identifies and reduces the risk of Display Screen Equipment related injury/illness, near-miss and/or discomfort and promotes a ‘zero accident ‘culture and directs local EHS resourcing to those with the most needs.
An annual Health Computing initiative is organised at the large office based locations to promote the services available at site level and meet the Occupational Health and Safety Teams. Employees have the opportunity to discuss a concern with the site Physiotherapist, meet with ergonomic equipment suppliers to review a variety of computer equipment and view the availability of homeworking equipment.
EHS have developed three short animated videos focusing on the healthy use of smartphones, tablets and laptops in various locations. These contain ergonomic advice and good practice to inform our sales and homeworking population on mobile display screen related good practice.
The Health Promotion team have delivered 2 national projects in 2014 related to preventing chronic disease. Working with “The Men’s Health Forum” and “Prostrate UK” on men’s health, GSK engaged men with some creative fold up prostrate cards, the “Haynes Man Manual” and packs of other promotional information. Over 3000 packs were distributed to employees around our sites.
Health promotional activities for Alcohol Awareness Week were well attended with all our sites engaging. Our partnership with Drink Wise and Alcohol Concern helped to engage over 300 of our employees to sign up for a “Dry January”. A full evaluation of the project has now been completed with positive outcomes.
GSK has recently established a Global Disability Council. The aim of the council is to enable the organisation to be ‘Disability Confident’ for both employees as well as our customers.
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