Health Promotion: Wellness Program Ideas – Safety and Wellness
Other departments within an organization will likely focus on related areas of employee safety and injury prevention. Health Promotion activities are a natural partner to many other human resource (HR) (HR), employee motivation, and safety programs.
Body mechanics, ergonomics, and safe working practices are three areas which might be coordinated together.
- Soft Tissue Sprains and Strains – This injury category continues to remain the number one financial loss for workers’ compensation. Many medical insurance dollars are also spent on back pain, other sprains, and strains. Wellness and safety efforts can focus on.
- Warm up stretches before starting work or periodic stretching during work. These can do much to prevent soft tissue injury. Provide training to work groups so they may start a stretching program. These groups can then continue their own.
- The wellness committee may consider contracting a fitness expert to come in and conduct stretching “refreshers” for worker groups throughout the year.
- Make available body mechanics training annually or more frequently if possible. These training sessions should focus on work related tasks and safety, as well as feature a segment on home tasks and body safety.
- Partner with your business’s workers’ compensation carrier to assist in providing body mechanics training, job safety analysis, and other preventive services which can help workers work safer, smarter, and avoid injury.
- Implement a safety concerns suggestion box. Be certain to encourage workforce to report safety and/or injury concerns. Be certain to help upper-level management to establish policy to recognize and reward workforce who offer safety suggestions, provide tips, and solution ideas.
- A periodic presentation featuring a local medical provider addressing such topics as safe body mechanics, recovering from a back injury, appropriate spine care, etc.
- Partner with senior management and supervisor teams to recognize and reward work groups who are successful with safety and injury prevention.
- The ergonomics of an employees’ workstation/work place design is important and applicable to every group.
- Give ergonomic training opportunities to interested workers volunteers. These person can then assist other workers to assess their work areas for safety, comfort, and injury prevention.
- It is often more effective to have an observer evaluate personnel for helpful and friendly comfort suggestions rather than it is for person to assess themselves.
- One suggestion is to have personnel remind one another about correct posture, to take breaks, to stop and do quick mini stretches, etc.
- Take before and after photos of work areas as changes are made. This will help to demonstrate how small adjustment changes can often make big comfort changes.
- Partner with the company’s workers’ compensation carrier to help create ergonomic policies and practices and to provide worker training.