“Most of our waking hours are spent at work, which means the working environment can play a big part in our health and well-being.”
– Health Direct (2018)
What are the benefits of implementing workplace health within your business?
- Reduced absenteeism;
- Increased productivity;
- Reduced staff turnover;
- Improved staff morale;
- Reduced insurance costs;
- Reduced risk of fines and litigation;
- A positive and caring image;
- Reduced absenteeism;
World Health Organisation (2020)
Workplace Health and Safety Victoria offer workplaces an array of health services to maximise the health of your employees, minimising unnecessary costs to your business. Our clinical nurse consultants visits your workplace for your convenience.
workplace health assessments
“Australian employers are increasingly using data in their planning for the work health strategy, allowing them to build an evidence base for their commercial and workforce health needs.”-Bupa Study (2015) Workplace Health and Safety Victoria offer workplaces an array of services to maximise the health of your employees, minimising unnecessary costs to your business.
Pre-Employment Medical Assessments:
Pre-employment medical assessments are a workforce risk management tool used to assess an individual’s risk factors that may limit their ability to perform a job safely and effectively. Due to the extent of the tests required, we offer your employee to visit our clinic for a thorough assessment with our GP. Our pre-employment medicals are customised to suit the requirements of the job.
- To reduce illness or injury absenteeism by understanding the risks an employee may have and managing these within the workplace;
- To guarantee that their prospective employee is physically fit enough to perform tasks assigned to them;
- To reduce prevalence of workplace injuries by putting systems in place for employees that may need special needs met;
- To identify any existing health conditions of an employee which may impact on their day-to-day work or require long term care and management;
- To minimise workplace incidents and injuries;
- Legal requirements: Some jobs have legal standards that need to be met, such as laws for heavy vehicle driving, etc. The pre-employment medical assessment unveils whether an applicant is suitable for the position and the physical work environment;
- To improve workplace productivity by determining if an employee is suitable for certain tasks;
- To identify and support mental illness and other health-related difficulties within the workplace;
- To support an aging workplace, where more risk of illness and injury is prevalent;
- To save on workers compensation premiums in the event of workplace injury or illness;
Workplace Health and Safety Victoria are experienced in tailoring health checks specifically for your workplace.
Pre-employment medical assessments may entail the following:
- Height, weight, body mass index (BMI);
- Cardiovascular examination (ECG, blood pressure, pulse);
- Strength tests – physical (completed by a Physiotherapist);
- Joint range of motion and musculoskeletal examination (determining lifting capabilities and other injuries that may impact on their ability to safety perform tasks);
- Spinal assessment;
- Central nervous system examination;
- Functional Capacity Assessment;
- Urinalysis to determine diabetes, kidney or bladder disorders;
- Respiratory examination including spirometry (lung function test);
- Vision assessment including colour blindness;
- Audiometry (hearing test);
- Drug and alcohol testing (instant or laboratory);
- Skin checks;
- Blood tests;
- Chest XRAY;
Health assessments within the workplace for existing employees check the individual’s health in order to identify and mitigate physical or mental health risks. Workplace Health and Safety Victoria visit your workplace to conduct health checks on your existing employees. This opens doors for our trained and qualified staff to:
- Educate employees on a healthy lifestyle;
- Foster positive and sustainable behavioural change;
- Support and develop existing workplace wellness programs;
- Educate employers on strategies and policies for a more productive workplace;
- Educate employers on how to make sustainable improvements within their workplace;
- Identify health risks your workforce faces, which assists us in tailoring health checks specific to your workplace’s needs;
- Identify and mitigate physical or mental health risks;
Basic Health Assessments:
- Height, Weight and Waist measurements;
- Blood Pressure;
- Resting Heart Rate;
- Glucose (Fasting or Non-Fasting);
- Cholesterol and Heart Health: Tests include – total Cholesterol, LDL and HDL Cholesterol, Glucose and Triglycerides;
- Blood Glucose and Diabetes Prevalence: Tests include – HbA1c;
- Body Composition and Physical Health: Tests include – weight, body mass index (BMI), body fat %, body fat mass, fat free mass (FFM), muscle mass, physique rating, body water %, total body water mass (TBW), basal metabolic rate (BMR), metabolic age, bone mass, visceral fat rating, bioelectric data, ideal body weight (guide only), degree of obesity, desirable body fat, desirable fat mass, target body fat, predicted weight;
- Blood Pressure;
DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING
“Alcohol and drugs cost Australian workplaces an estimated $6 billion per year in lost productivity.”– Alcohol and Drug Foundation (2017)
The use of drugs and alcohol can impact on workplaces in a number of ways, affecting relationships, safety and productivity.
- Alcohol and drugs cost Australian workplaces an estimated $6 billion per year in lost productivity;
- Recent research has estimated that 2.5 million days are lost annually due to drinking and drug use, at a cost of more than $680 million;
- 1 in 10 workers say they have been affected by a co-worker’s use of alcohol. For example, a reduced ability to do their own job, involvement in an accident or close-call, and having to work extra hours to cover for a co-worker; (Alcohol and Drug Foundation – 2017)
Impact of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
According to NCADI statistics, alcohol and drug users:
- Are far less productive.
- Use three times as many sick days.
- Are more likely to injure themselves or someone else.
- Are five times more likely to file a worker’s compensation claim
In addition, to deaths and accidents, absenteeism and loss of production, other problems that alcohol and drug abuse can cause on the job include:
- Tardiness/sleeping on the job;
- Hangover or withdrawal affecting job performance;
- Poor decision making;
- Loss of efficiency;
- Lower morale of co-workers;
- Increased likelihood of having trouble with co-workers/supervisors or tasks;
- Preoccupation with obtaining and using substances while at work, interfering with attention and concentration;
- Illegal activities at work including selling illicit drugs to other employees;
- Higher turnover;
- Disciplinary procedures; (Very Well Mind, 2020)
How can we help your workplace?
- On-site testing;
- In clinic testing;
- Pre-employment testing;
- Training and education – A workplace drug testing program partly represents an employer’s effort to keep the environment at work safe for everyone;
Our accredited drug & alcohol testers can visit your workplace and conduct drug and alcohol testing or your staff can come to either of our conveniently located practices, Myers Street Family Medical Practice or The Cottage Medical Centre. We use saliva and/or urine drug testing tools along with our state-of-the-art breathalysers.
All results that are non-negative are sent to the laboratory and verified by a second more specific test before it is considered a positive. Chain of Custody protocols are strictly adhered to at all times and all information kept discreetly ensuring the privacy of employees and employers alike.
Education is an important part of drug and alcohol testing and we encourage all of our companies to be pro-active in this area so that everyone involved understands that this is a positive initiative that will benefit employees and employers.Contact Us For More Information on Drug & Alcohol Testing
Flu & Travel Vaccinations
“On average, absenteeism (being absent from work due to illness) costs Australian businesses $7 billion each year in lost wages, whilst presenteeism (attending work whilst unwell) is costing Australian businesses $34 billion in loss in productivity .”– The Sector (2020)
Our qualified nurses visit your workplace to administer flu shots and other travel vaccinations. Alternatively, your employees can visit our clinics which cover a while range of relevant workplace vaccines including influenza, Hep A & B, common travel vaccines and more.
Workplace EducationWe believe that they key to a happy and healthy workplace is prevention. We provide workplaces health education sessions for the following but not excluded to:
- Healthy diet and exercise;
- The effects of drugs and alcohol on the body and it’s performance;
- Health awareness including heart health, ovarian cancer, bowel cancer awareness or recommendations by you;
- Preventing and managing health conditions;
- Mental Health Awareness and management;
- Managing workplace stress;
- Skin health awareness;
- Diabetes awareness and management;
“Research shows that as little as 30 minutes of exercise per day can boost our general health and well-being.”– Genesis Fitness (2016) Through our brother-company ’30 Minute Fitness’, we hire out the following fitness equipment to encourage your employees to exercise for 30 minutes per day:
- Exercise Bicycles;
- Elliptical cross trainers;
At Workplace Health and Safety Victoria, we are committed in providing you regular updates and tips about health within your workplace.
30 Minute Fitness (a branch of Workplace Health and Safety Victoria), offer workplaces the opportunity to hire out exercise equipment to benefit their employee’s health and in turn, their business.[…]Read more
Get in Touch
Have any questions regarding the following?
Drug & Alcohol Testing;
Flu & Travel Vaccinations;
Anything else? We’re here to help.
We would love to hear from you.
Feel free to talk to us about your workplace health and safety needs.
148 Myers Street, Geelong 3220
045 638 7569