Health by Design's skillful integration of health promotion and injury prevention has contributed to many blue collar clients halving injury rates.

Strains and sprains, and material handling incidents are two of the leading causes of workplace injuries; and yet they are largely preventable through improved employee behaviors and physical conditioning. Although safety is about more than dollars, injuries certainly still impact your bottom line affecting productivity, corporate image, contract bidding competitiveness, and employee morale.

Health and safety are fundamentally linked. Many of today’s most common injuries occur as a result of stressed and deconditioned bodies. Healthy bodies are stronger, less likely to be injured, and recover from injury quicker. Addressing employee work behaviours in conjunction with improving their work task and safety awareness can have a significant positive impact on your company injury risks and costs.   

An obese employee has 2x the risk of injury and takes an average 13x longer to return to work than a healthy weight colleague.
— Duke University
 

Join the dots

The physical condition in which employees come to work is a major factor in their risk of injury.

Studies show that employees who are stressed are 33% more likely to make errors on the job. In addition, if people are overweight, sedentary, have poor strength, or poor flexibility they also have a much greater risk of injury while performing physical work.

Healthy lifestyles which help employees better manage their energy and stress can improve work performance and reduce the risk of errors and accidents. In addition, healthy and active people with improved strength and endurance also have a lower risk of overexertion.

Improving the personal health and lifestyle of your employees along with educating them on ergonomics, manual handling, and safer work practices is effective at not only reducing their risk of injury at work, but it also enhances their overall health and quality of life.

Case study

Hospira case study

Hospira case study

 

How can Health by Design help?

We offer targeted, innovative, engaging solutions based on the needs and identified risk areas of your workforce. Our high engagement branding, content and innovative solutions allow us to target 80%+ engagement and 60%+ measured risk reduction across your total workforce. 

Platinum

Collaboratively developed in consultation with you, then 100% delivered by Health by Design practitioners at a contact frequency and intensity that achieves optimal population outcomes in terms of engagement and measured change.

Gold – maximise a limited budget

A 12 month program targeting identified risks. However, there is an intensive 4 month block focussed on risk identification and subsequent risk reduction. The remaining 8 months focus on sustainability of key messages and education.

Train the Trainer

Health by Design develop and deliver the first 4 months of the program. During this time, Health by Design concurrently train local site based ‘trainers’. 

  • The trainer is supported monthly, including reviews of engagement and recorded change. 
  • Monthly health promotion materials are provided to support individual action plans and group education.
  • Health by Design return annually to provide testing and specialist support where required.
 

Logistical challenges are not a problem. Contact us to discuss your options and we'll customise a program to suit your workforce.

 

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