Work Place Health Checks

Workplace Health Checks

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Workplace Health Checks

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» Waist circumference

» Raising awareness

Workplace Health Checks

If we have learnt anything during the COVID-19 era is that employee health and employee wellbeing in the workplace is more important today than ever before. COVID-19 brought with it new challenges in how business operate, not only with their customers but also with their own internal teams. Virtual teams and employee isolation became the new normal, as we navigated through increased Mental health issues, leading to many long term employees seeking employment elsewhere.

It has been a challenging time and as we return back to the office, Employers have a newed oportunity to engage with their Employees to ensure both mental health and physical health concerns can be adressed. Many issues that will plaque employees in later life progresses over time, and the effects of poor workplace health is rarely detected whilst the employee is still working.

Early detection and workplace health check monitoring can however ensure that factors leading to poor health conditions can be detected, and poor employee health prevented. Work Health Specialists can help tailor the best programs for you and the employee, leading the way to better health.

Blood Pressure Blood Pressure Checks

The primary function of blood pressure is to move blood through the circulatory system allowing the body`s tissues and organs to feed off the oxygen and nutrients. Blood pressure also responsible for transporting white blood cells to the areas in the bod in need of protection or repair.

Blood pressure is measured using a sphygmomanometer also know as a blood pressure monitor and measures the systolic pressure and the diastolic pressure in the arteries.

Having a blood pressure reading outside of the norm (120/80) can have detrimental effects on the human body. Although having low blood pressure is seen as healthier than high blood pressure, low blood pressure can deprive the body of much-needed oxygen. High blood pressure on the other hand places stress on the circulatory system which can lead to heart, brain and kidney damage.

Cholesterol Checks Cholesterol Checks

Cholesterol is an important part of the body and is needed to build cells and to make vitamins and other hormones in the body. There are however two types of cholesterol in our bodies, one of them is good for is and is called HDL (high-density liprotein). Having high HDL is good, as it absorbs LDL (low-density liprotein) and transports it back to the liver, where it is flushed from the body.

So if you haven't already guessed it, LDL is the bad cholesterol which can clog up your arteries, leading to number of serious conditions. Having a high level of LDL cholesterol could restrict blood flow to certain parts of your body and restrict oxygen from being transported through the blood. If  a blood clot forms and blocks one of the arteries due to narrowed arteries, a heart attack or stroke could result.

There are no warning signs apart from being checked on a regular basis.

Glucose Checks

Regular glucose checks help in identifying employees that may have diabetic or detect high blood sugar levels that are not yet in the diabetic range. An employee could have type 2 diabetes and not be aware of his/her condition due to the subtleness of the symptoms.

There are two main types of diabetes, type 1 where the diabetics bodies no longer produce insulin, due to their immune systems having attacked and destroyed the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, and type 2 where the diabetics bodies have insulin resistance. Type 2 diabetics bodies still produce insulin, but it is unable to effectively use it.

Type 1 diabetes can not be prevented or reversed, and is generally caused by genetics and/or family history.

Type 2 diabetes can be prevented, managed and even reversed with the correct diet and excercise.

Stress Management

Eliminating stress within the workplace may not be possible, but investing in Stress Management is important and the benefits far out weighs the cost.

According to Healthline.com stress in the workplace can have real adverse affects on the health of the employee, causing irritability, depression, anxiety, insomnia and headaches.

As highlighted in Headsup.org.au work related stress can occur when the requirements of the role, employee capabilities and the support available is mis-aligned.

Symptoms of stress in the workplace may include:

  • Higher staff turnover
  • Increase in workplace injuries
  • Lower overall productivity
  • Increased employee absenteeism

It is rather easy to see that having a Stress Management plan is andantageous within the workplace and can help in providing your employees with the tools, not only to cope, but with the tools to be successfull.

Waist Circumference

The circumference of your waist is important as it is an good indicator of how much abdominal fat you have. An article posted on ABC.net.au outlines the importance of monitoring waist circumference, stating that abdominal fat produces more of the inflammatory chemicals that interfere with the body`s normal functions.

In a report published by Safe Work Australia we are made aware of the implications of overweight or obesity in the workplace, showing that overweight employees are more likely to have additional health risks and longer absenteeism.

Although Waist Circumference is used as a indicator, developing healthy work practises and or providing a health and wellbeing plan can help employees in achieving their weight goals.

Click here to read the case study of King & Wood Mallesons, a law firm with over 1500 workers that decided to introduce a workplace health program to improve staff retention and engagement.

 

Raising Awareness

Raising awareness within the workplace is important for both the employer and employee. I a health study published on Sciencedirect.com the prevention of Occupational diseases is a worldwide problem.

The study concludes that annual physical check-ups and health care awareness within the workplace provides an increasingly postive impact not only on the employee, but also the families providing a healthy family lifecycle.

In its most basic form, a happy husband, a happy wife and happy children, lead to a happy family life cycle, and the impact of the employer directly impacts on how we feel, look and behave in our everyday life's.

Raising awareness of health benefits within the workplace, providing healthy alternatives and providing healthy work practises can help in providing a happier, healthier work force that is more productive with less work place injuries.

Our Services

Work Health Specialists provide a range of Occupational Health services to a variety of industries accross Australia, inluding Drug & Alcohol testing, Lung Function testing & Audiometry Training

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Why Work With Us

We are passionate about people and our commitment to safety is our primary focus. We strive to help you the Employer to maintain the highest level of Occupational Health and Safety within the Workplace.

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Our Philosophy

Our goal is to deliver best practise occupational health and wellness programs that will inform, support, and inspire your employees to achieve their optimal health and productivity.

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Call us today at 1300 232 615 or email info@work-health.com.au

Work Health Specialists can help you to provide a health workplace for all your employees, change is here, change is now!