4 steps to help you adjust your workstation.
Ergonomics covers all aspects of a job, from the physical stresses it places on joints, muscles, nerves, tendons, bones and the like, to environmental factors which can affect hearing, vision, and general comfort and health.
By addressing workplace ergonomics you can:
|Quality of work
|Comfort at work
||Upper back & neck pain
|Work station efficiency
|Employee happiness & wellness
First aid training is not only a requirement for all businesses in Australia, there are additional benefits to employers. Providing ongoing training and refreshers benefit not only staff, but the employer, the business and the bottom line. Is your workplace struggling with staff motivation? Not sure how to build your team up?
Here are just 5 of the key benefits of providing workplace training.
- Help to keep employees motivated
- Help to reduce boredom in the workplace
- New skills and knowledge can help to create positive attitudes amongst staff
- Being sent on courses can help workers feel valued by their employers, leading to worker loyalty and higher staff retention
- Less stress at work as employees are more confident and capable in their roles. This in turn can lead to less stress related sickness absence
A global problem effecting business performance and personal wellbeing
When Arianna Huffington collapsed at her desk in 2007, she woke to find herself covered in a pool of blood. Sporting a broken cheekbone from the fall, the incident spurred the editor-in-chief to sit up and rethink her workaholic lifestyle.
“Nothing kills creativity more than burnout. So in fact, the best thing we can do for our careers is to foster and nurture that creativity and that effectiveness … There is absolutely no trade off between doing well in our jobs and taking care of our own human capital.” – Arianna Huffington
How can you tell?
Strong companies and organisations are built around strong leaders.
Not everyone can be a boss, but EVERYONE can be a leader.
How we each fill our role in the workplace contributes to the overall effectiveness of the business. No one is JUST a first aider or JUST a safety officer.
Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction a person can have and can be life threatening. It can be caused by medication, food, bites/stings and less commonly exercise. The Most common triggers are:
- Over the counter medication e.g. aspirin
- Prescription medication
- Herbal medicine
Venom from insect bites & stings
Food – Some common Food Allergens are:
- Peanuts & tree nuts
- Fish & crustaceans e.g. prawns
Even a minuscule amount of food can cause a severe anaphylaxis reaction in susceptible individuals.
This week we’re going to look at a specific example to see how you might approach managing health risks in your own workplace.
What’s at stake?
Managing medical conditions in the workplace, such as Asthma, Anaphylaxis and chronic heart problems can difficult. Each of these common conditions can have a large impact on your business. For example, a recent study estimated that over 50 000 person years of work time are lost each year in Australia because of Asthma alone.(Chronic disease and participation in work, 2009, http://www.aihw.gov.au)
The good news is that the approach to managing health issues in the workplace is the same as when managing safety risks:
Let’s see how we can apply this using the example of Heart Disease and Heart Attack
Do you need help with developing your health and safety plan? Medilife can help. Visit our services page or call us now on 1300 130 385 to find out how we can help you make your workplace healthier and safer.
It’s all too easy to be so focused on the safety aspect of WHS that the H – Health – gets forgotten. You may have effective safety systems in place to alert, minimise and monitor safety risks. Can you say the same when it comes to health risks?
Workplace safety and accident prevention are obvious and important areas to manage. Lost time caused by injury is a major problem and the effects of a serious accident on a worker, their family and the workplace are far reaching. Rightly a workplace should do everything it can to lower the risk of a serious accident.
But that’s only half the story in the workplace.