Putting the ‘health’ back into health and safety | Safety Matters

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  • Busy lifestyles mean that the trip to your GP for a recommended health check, which the NHS says should take place every five years between the ages of 40 and 74, is simply pushed down the priority list. 

  • As a result, we’re bringing the health MOT to our people, to help promote early detection and facilitate open health discussions. Since February 2019, our Health and Safety Advisers have toured the length and breadth of the UK delivering on-site health checks not only to our workforce but anyone available on site. 

Busy lifestyles mean that the trip to your GP for a recommended health check, which the NHS says should take place every five years between the ages of 40 and 74, is simply pushed down the priority list. 

Rather than rely on our workforce to take action, we’re bringing the health MOT to our people, to help promote early detection and facilitate open health discussions. Since February 2019, our Health and Safety Advisers have toured the length and breadth of the UK delivering on-site health checks not only to our workforce but anyone available on site. 

Blood pressure, body fat, visceral fat, body mass index (BMI), bone mass and metabolic rate are all measured by our health testing equipment. The painless, five-minute process involves the user placing their arm into one machine, stepping onto another and inputting data such as height and age into the computer’s health algorithm. The analysed data is then discussed privately between the user and the Adviser to better understand their health profile, including any identified risks and subsequent actions to be taken. 

Vital’s health and safety manager, Mark Barrett, explains:

“I wanted to physically do something around health and wellbeing rather than just pay lip service to it, to really show that we have the interest of our workers at heart. 

Some people can be very nervous when discussing their health and wellbeing. To that, I say ‘Look, just come in and have your blood pressure done’. I’ve since had people say to me ‘Oh, I didn’t really know that’ and others that it’s given them a kick up the backside!”

Hundreds of health check-ups have been delivered since the machine first hit the road, including on senior leaders at a meeting of the Track Safety Alliance. Brian Paynter, project director at Network Rail, left a glowing endorsement of the machine and scheme, saying: 

“Having this type of equipment available to our Orange Army helps them understand that we do care about their health and wellbeing, and I see this as one of the many tools of free advice we offer to help them understand what they may need to do with their lifestyle choices to make themselves fit for work and fit for life in general.

Our entire senior management team has gotten behind this initiative. We’ve a genuine interest as we want to look after our workforce, not just on-site but off-site as well, and this machine is helping us do just that.” 

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Putting the ‘health’ back into health and safety 

Our ‘MorFit’ strategies were created according to a holistic approach, with ambitious targets set over various components relating to employee wellbeing, from physical and mental health, to financial wellbeing and more. 

One pillar is our Mental Health First Aiders – individuals who act as reference points to spot mental health triggers within our workforce and take steps to offer assistance and guidance. We recognise that any working environment has the potential to exacerbate mental illness and understand how crucial it is that key personnel are equipped to spot warning signs of declining mental health. Our MorFit programme targets mental illness, which can have a devastating impact on day-to-day life, such as depression, anxiety, stress, panic attacks and addictive behaviours, and was designed to promote early recognition and response, in addition to promoting good mental health. 

The names and contact information of all our First Aiders are clearly displayed across every Group office and has been widely promoted to raise awareness and to encourage a dialogue around mental health. The campaign, which first began with 20 First Aiders, has since swelled to 40, and it’s our goal to reach 80 trained individuals. 

‘Managing Mental Health in the Workplace’ training has also been made mandatory for anyone with line manager responsibilities, ensuring broad acceptance of mental health and wellbeing is a Group-wide priority. Step-by-step guidance on fostering good mental health – personal, among teams and across the wider business – is provided, addressing topics such as how to welcome someone back to work after a mental health-related absence and how to approach someone with signs of mental illness.

At the heart of the strategy is our dedicated health, wellbeing and engagement partner, Heather Deering, who has been appointed to lead and expand the programme to maximise its reach and efficiency. 


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