Push for Pil­bara ‘healthy work­places’

Pilbara News - - Business - ■ Ali­cia Perera

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.

Visit www.health­ier­work­placewa.com.au/get-recog­nised.

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