The National Safety Council (NSC) announced on June 3, 2012 that it had launched its Employee Wellness week in celebration of National Safety Month, a time set aside every year to educate and encourage safe workplace behaviors that can prevent injuries and deaths.
The week-long awareness campaign will provide information for making better lifestyle decisions that could lower the risk for long-term illnesses. According to the World Health Organization, if people chose to eat healthier foods, be more active, reduce alcohol consumption, and quit smoking, more than 80 percent of all cases of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and at least one-third of cancers could be prevented.
The NSC provided a few tips for employers that will help ensure their workforce remains healthy, including:
- encouraging brisk walks during lunch breaks
- offer water, rather than sugary drinks
- urge workers to join a gym or sports league
- suggest making half their plate fruits and vegetables
- recommend going for a bike ride after work
- choosing lean sources of protein
In addition to promoting better health, National Safety Month observance also addresses ergonomics and preventing slips, trips, and falls. Ensure all workers are well trained and wearing appropriate safety products, such as foot protection, hard hats, and fall protection.