Getting on board for a healthy workplace

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The Get on Board program is being rolled out by the Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) to encourage a healthier lifestyle in its members.

QBIC received funding as part of the Workplaces for Wellness scheme – transport is considered a high risk industry.

Data shows that workers employed in the transport industry have a higher prevalence of chronic disease risk factors such as smoking, poor nutrition, harmful alcohol intake, physical inactivity, overweight and obesity.

There is growing evidence that demonstrates the contribution these workplace factors can have on preventing workers from maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

QBIC Executive Director David Tape said they recognised that improving the health status of workers within the bus and coach industry can reduce injury and improve worker productivity, morale, team cohesiveness and engagement.

“Our program, Get on Board, will be rolled out to our members this year. The 12 month worker health program provides a series of different topics each month to member organisations,” he said.

He said the first month will entail a management commitment component. “Workplaces will be provided with resources to enable them to secure management commitment, including endorsement of a company Worker Health Policy, identify provision of resources (including appointment of a champion for the program) and promotion of the program to workers.”

Each month thereafter, information and activities will be rolled out by the champions into the workplace. These include:

  • Electronic and hard copy information and materials (monthly calendar of health worker program topics, posters, flyers, guidelines etc)
  • Competitions, incentives and milestones to achieve goals
  • References to existing health programs and resources.

David said results of the initiative will be shared to assist the Queensland transport industry on practical solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of workers.

Applications for the latest round of Workplaces for Wellness funding are open until 7 April. More information can be found on the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland website.

Last updated
02 December 2014