Push for Pilbara ‘healthy workplaces’
A new program designed to make WA work environments healthier is calling on Pilbara companies to get involved and become “recognised healthy workplaces”.
The free online Healthier Workplace WA program, developed by Unions WA and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA and delivered by the Heart Foundation and Cancer Council, equips companies with policies, activities and facilities to boost staff wellbeing.
Recognition as a gold, silver or bronze healthy workplace acknowledges companies that are WA leaders in the field. Healthier Workplace WA manager Hayley O’Connell said the program had already made a positive difference in the 42 companies that have earned recognition so far.
“The support for workplace health in WA is terrific and many WA workplaces are implementing comprehensive workplace health and wellbeing plans which allow their staff to be physically active, quit smoking and improve their nutrition,” she said.
State Government land and development agency LandCorp, which has a Karratha office, is a gold-level recognised healthy workplace.
To qualify they introduced a health and wellbeing budget and activities, offer some free or subsidised health initiatives for employees and run staff fitness events.
LandCorp chief executive Frank Marra said involvement in the program was a win-win as better staff health was also linked to good business performance.