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The importance of a GOOD injury prevention approach in the workplace

The importance of a GOOD injury prevention approach in the workplace

Injury prevention in the workplace – it’s more than just a few stretches.
When injury prevention is done right, it involves:

  • Lifestyle factors

  • Resilience to injury

  • Physical capacity

  • Task technique

  • Load pressures

Your injury prevention initiative should be tailored to your workplace logistics and your workplace environment. There can’t just be a one-size-fits-all approach. For starters, an office environment is going to require a different approach than a warehouse or shipping work environment.

It’s time to take charge! But why?

The physical condition in which employees come to work is a major factor in their risk of injury. How does your workforce present to work? Being overweight, tired, dehydrated, stressed, lacking good nutrition or poor flexibility has a huge impact on risk of injury!

Did you know that? Do you think your workers know that? Maybe they do but they don’t seem to care. That’s where our behaviour change focused programs and services come into play and have a big impact. After over 20 years’ experience working with a variety of clients, there’s a lot that we’ve learnt – about the links between lifestyle & injury, as well as the importance of programs grounded in behaviour change theory so that they can get you the best results.

Our typical go-to injury prevention solutions include:

  • Ergonomic risk assessments, including lifestyle factors

  • Task and load pressure analysis

  • Warm up for Work sessions

  • Train the Trainer – workplace injury prevention champions

  • Injury prevention workshops + displays

  • Surviving a sedentary job workshops + on-task coaching

Whatever you choose, you can be guaranteed it’ll be customised to your logistics/environment. Contact us today to discuss options.

Join the dots: sleep & your health

Join the dots: sleep & your health

Cutting the amount of time you sleep from seven hours to five or less a night doubles your risk of death from heart disease.

Client results - Unlocking the door to higher engagement

By enlisting the services of Health by Design this waste management solutions company has achieved the following great results so far this year:

  • 81% voluntary average monthly engagement (well above industry averages)

  • 81% of employees implementing behavioural actions relating to their main risk area

  • 40% of employees have made a risk range change – ie. Moved from high risk blood pressure to moderate or low risk

  • Improved staff morale

  • Decreased injury risks

  • A reduction of employee health risks through reduced or improved blood pressure, blood glucose, weight management and cholesterol levels

  • Healthier, happier, safer and more productive staff

This ongoing health program has been successful in terms of providing a range of health and injury prevention solutions, specific to the needs of the client. It includes: monthly toolbox talk education sessions, health promotion material, Healthy Heart Screens, health and injury prevention coaching, injury prevention testing and injury prevention material.

As a result of their tailored workplace health program, 81% of employees are making at least one behaviour change relating to their main risk area. This behaviour change represents an employee making a positive, sustained improvement to their health, wellbeing or injury prevention focus area.

Here is a selection of some of the more significant individual positive behaviour changes achieved during the first half of 2018:

  • Since their health screen at the beginning of 2018, two employees at one site have been going to the gym before work in the morning. These employees have both lost over 5cm from their waist so far. They are also keeping each other accountable Monday to Friday with their food intake. They are both ensuring they are increasing their fruit and vegetable snacks and decreasing their daily complex carbohydrate intake. Both employees have set themselves goals for both waist and weight measurements to achieve by the end of the year.

  • Another employee has been diagnosed with high blood pressure, requiring medication for the time being. This high blood pressure reading was picked up during a health assessment by their Health by Design practitioner. This individual has now begun to walk after work, while also decreasing portion sizes. The goal is for this employee to decrease his weight, which could result in a reduction of blood pressure medication and, hopefully, one day being taken off the medication all together.

  • A driver had been suffering from shoulder pain for a significant amount of time when behind the wheel of his truck. Two stretches and two strengthening exercises were given to this employee to decrease the pain which is believed to be due to poor posture when driving. The employee has reported a 50% decrease in pain. The Health by Design practitioner has also referred this employee to assist with further treatment.

These stories are a testament to the impact that a workplace health program can have at your workplace. This is just four lives that have been significantly improved through pain reduction and improved health outcomes. These employees are now happier, healthier, safer and more productive.  

What will your workforce achieve with a Health by Design workplace health program? Contact us today to discuss how we can help your staff achieve high engagement and reduced health and injury risks.

Joining the dots: stress, health & injury risk

Joining the dots: stress, health & injury risk

When the physical and psychosocial demands of a worker are greater than their ability to cope with them, they experience stress. While a certain level of stress can be healthy and productive, too much stress can cause a variety of physical, mental and behavioural responses - which increases the risk of poor health outcomes, musculoskeletal disorders and pain.

Client case study

Client case study

What could your workforce achieve with a Health by Design workplace health program?

Client case study

Client case study

We strive to obtain voluntary, monthly engagement in excess of 80% and long term behaviour change of more than 60% in your employees' identified risk areas. This is just one client's story.