It’s no secret that healthier employees = lower Workers Compensation claims.  An employer that implements workplace health initiatives is taking a proactive measure to help employees manage their health issues.  This is particularly important because of the following:

  • The working population is aging. The national average worker is 42 years old.
  • There is a decreasing number of skilled workers which increases the number of on-the-job injuries.
  • Obesity rates are astronomical and continue to rise.
  • There is a steady increase of inactivity among Americans.
  • Medical care costs continue to rise.
  • There is an increase in stress-related illnesses.
  • Approximately 10% of Americans are living with major limitations from chronic conditions, such as diabetes, asthma or thyroid disorders.

Most importantly for risk managers or workers compensation managers, non-work-related health issues directly increase the risk of work-related injuries. 

The following measures are suggested to assist your employees in getting healthy, staying healthy and consequently reduce their risk of a workplace injury or illness:

  • Create an employee safety education committee devoted strictly to health problems that correlate with injuries.
  • Teach employees how to properly investigate accidents and determine ways in which they could be prevented. This may include the following:
    • Ergonomics evaluations
    • Lift equipment evaluations
  • Offer personal health profile screenings for employees to identify their risk factors, including screenings for cholesterol, bone density, glucose, body mass index and other essential tests.
  • Provide personalized health coaching and self-help materials.
  • Offer quarterly corporate challenges to promote weight loss and activity.
  • Offer quarterly educational safety and health seminars.
  • Consider implementing a cross-promotional safety and health program with your health care provider.
  • Provide incentives to employees who fulfill health-related goals or who remain free from injuries for an established amount of time.
  • Refer all employees who suffer a work-related injury to the wellness program coordinator for a consultation.
  • Incorporate a safety presentation in your wellness seminars.
  • Workers’ compensation managers and risk managers should provide health and wellness referrals to injured employees.
  • Distribute monthly safety, health and nutrition tips to employees.

Borden Perlman has many resources, including a Director of Safety and Loss Control, to help you manage the health of your workforce to keep your employees happy, healthy and free of injury!