The Better Health at Work Alliance (BHWA) is a new initiative to help employers reduce the risk of sickness and ill-health in the workplace.
The idea behind the Better Health at Work Alliance is to establish a ‘one stop shop’ for employers to access specialist services from experts and skilled professionals in workplace health. This collaboration of experts offer free advice on workplace health issues to help employers understand potential health risks and provide effective solutions to reduce work injury and health issues to their employees.
The BHWA covers a broad range of services including:
- Health & Safety
- Mental Health
- Risk Solutions
- Physiotherapy & Ergonomics
- Employee Assistance
- Stress Management
- Wellness Tech
- Insured Solutions
- Occupational Health & Wellbeing
- Support & Recovery
- Surveillance, Screening & Testing
The BHWA are the first initiative to offer such a wide range of information and assistance in one place.
Increase Productivity and Minimise Sickness and Injury
Savvy employers will already realise that their employees are in fact their most valuable asset and keeping them safe and well is of the highest importance. Tapping into the knowledge base the BHWA offers will help any employer succeed in delivering a successful and safe business environment.
With the help and advice from the BHWA employers will be able to:
With better working environments and an understanding of what risks and health threats your employees are under, employers will be able to take action to prevent stress, ill-health and injury in the workplace which in turn will mean less hours lost to the business because of employees taking time off sick.
Potential risk can be found throughout any business, but they are not always obvious. Any employer can see if wires are exposed which could cause electric shocks, or pathways are wet or obstructed causing a slipping or tripping injury. It is not always easy to see if employees are under threat of ill-health and injury. For instance a desk worker may sustain injuries over time from not having the correct display screen or chair, or those working with chemicals may develop over time breathing disorders as a result of incorrect personal protective equipment.
Attract better workers and improve Productivity
Improving productivity by minimising absence from sickness and injury will save employers money. Investment in identifying potential risks to employees will pay dividends when your work force is fit and healthy and have a positive attitude. If a company has a good reputation for treating their staff well they will attract the best employees who will in turn improve the growth of the business.
All employers have a legal obligation to ensure they provide a safe working environment under the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974. Among others employers must also adhere to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. It is essential for all employers to understand their legal responsibilities to ensure the safety of their employees and to avoid prosecution if they fail to uphold the relevant safety requirements in the UK.
For any employer wanting to find more information they can contact the Better Health at Work Alliance here.