One of the most important activities onsite healthcare providers can do is outside of the treatment room. In order to fully understand your workplace and your workers, they need to observe the actual work. One way to do this is through floor walks. In order to be of most value, floor walks should be scheduled in advance and accompanied by a supervisor and/or OHS officer. Find out more here.
When engaging in any physical activity it’s important to prime your muscles, joints and neurological system in preparation for the task at hand. Stretching and warm up activities benefit manual handlers as well as office workers. Why not schedule a stretching and warm session prior to the start of a shift? Check our stretching posters for some ideas.
You might have previously inducted your workers in correct manual handling techniques, but we know that regular training is important and can reduce injury rates. This could involve stretching, warm-up exercises and correct techniques specific to the tasks they perform.
Every year, 1 in 5 Australians will experience a common mental illness. World Mental Health Day is on the 10th October, so why not celebrate it by inviting your staff for a walk around the block, followed by a wellbeing breakfast?
Well-planned wellbeing programs (smoke cessation, healthy eating, physical activity) combined with onsite injury management can contribute to reduced Work Cover claims and absenteeism. Your staff wellbeing activities could include health talks, information on quit smoking programs, EAP counselling, an onsite mini gym, and any others applicable to your workers and industry sector.
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