Cardiac Risk Assessment and Wellbeing

  • A great opportunity for employees to have a baseline health assessment
Promoting health and wellness in the workplace, gives an opportunity for employees to have a baseline health assessment which contributes to each employee being able to fully concentrate on their work in a healthy condition, both with good physical and mental health.

These assessments were not completed during the annual monitoring following exposure with Fallproof staff, but are worth considering as part of future annual health assessments.
On average, adults spend at least one third of their life at work (World Health Organization, 1999). The 2006 New Zealand census showed that 22% of employees work at least 50 hours per week (Fursman, 2009). This makes the workplace an ideal environment to promote the health and wellbeing of the adult population as:

  • The working population is large and relatively stable (over two-thirds of adult New Zealanders are inpaid work so a large proportion of the population can be reached)
  • Barriers to participation such as cost, time and travel are low
  • Established channels of communication already exist with employees
  • The setting is familiar and offers flexibility
  • There is scope for peer support, and
  • The ability to influence the workplace environment can be significant.
(Novak, Bullen, Howden-Chapman, & Thornley, 2007)

Workplace benefits for the employer :
Higher Employee Morale – staff feel ’cared for’ – that the company appreciates them, is interested in them as individuals, not merely as employees needed to produce a profit. Awareness within the industry of workplace health initiatives within a workplace will often attract more desirable employees.
Company Benefits Financially – retention of staff due to increased morale. Earlier intervention of health issues potentially reduces absenteeism and potentially extended periods of ill health later, and possible catastrophic health outcomes for the employee and his/her family.

Healthy Heart Programme

  • Cardiac risk assessment is calculated using a mix of lifestyle choices, family history and recordings (blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels) taken on the day.
  • All staff are given a personal profile and folder of relevant health information
  • Education on all recordings is given for greater understanding.
  • Education on all recordings is given for greater understanding.

Wellbeing and fatigue assessments
  • We use the Epworth Sleepiness Scale to assess and discuss sleep needs with staff
  • Clients complete a self-assessment of their feelings of wellbeing. They then have the opportunity to discuss any areas of coner or issues and form strategies and other mechanisms to improve outcomes.
Cardiac Risk Assessment and Wellbeing

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