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    Workplace Wellness Programs to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Costs

    By Barrow Group Staff / March 24, 2020

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    By implementing workplace health initiatives, many companies are taking proactive measures to help with decreasing health issues affecting their employees. This is particularly important because of the following:

    • - The working population is aging, with the national average around 42 years old.
    • - There is a decreasing number of skilled workers, increasing the number of on-the-job injuries.
    • - Obesity rates are astronomical and continue to rise.
    • - There is a steady increase of inactivity among Americans.
    • - Medical care costs continue to rise.
    • - There is an increase in stress-related illnesses.
    • - Approximately 10% of Americans are living with major limitations from chronic conditions, such as diabetes, asthma or thyroid disorders.

    Most importantly for risk managers, non-work-related health issues directly increase the risk of work-related injuries.

    Getting Employees Healthy

    To assist your employees in getting healthy, staying healthy and consequently reduce their risk of a workplace injury or illness:

    • - Create an employee safety education committee devoted strictly to health problems that correlate with injuries.
    • - Teach employees how to properly investigate accidents and determine ways in which they could be prevented. This may include the following:
      • - Ergonomics evaluations
      • - Lift equipment evaluations
    • - Offer personal health profile screenings for employees to identify their risk factors. This should include screenings for cholesterol, bone density, glucose, body mass index and other essential tests.
    • - Provide personalized health coaching and self-help materials.
    • - Offer quarterly corporate challenges to promote weight loss and activity.
    • - Offer quarterly educational safety and health seminars.
    • - Consider implementing a cross-promotional safety and health program with your health care provider.
    • - Provide incentives to employees who fulfill health-related goals, or remain free from injuries for an established amount of time.
    • - Refer all employees who suffer a work-related injury to the wellness program coordinator for a consultation.
    • - Incorporate a safety presentation in your wellness seminars.
    • - Workers’ compensation managers and risk managers should provide health and wellness referrals to injured employees.
    • - Distribute monthly safety, health and nutrition tips to employees.

    For more information and resources on how you can create an effective safety and health program, contact Barrow Group at 770-338-7392.

    Topics: temporary staffing, staffing, PEO, risk management, workers compensation, workplace safety, wellness, human resources

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