Sembcorp is celebrating after gaining the NHS North East Better Health At Work (BHAW) Silver Award.
The company, which employs around 380 employees on Teesside, won the award following success at bronze level a year ago.
The BHAW initiative is a dynamic partnership between the NHS and north east businesses aimed at maximizing opportunities for promoting health in the workplace.
It is open to all organisations across the region regardless of business size or sector and is a public acknowledgement of health excellence in practice.
The lasting benefits to organisations of improving levels of workplace health include:
· Reducing ill health caused (or made worse) by work
· Helping people who have been ill – whether caused by work or not – return to work
· Improving work opportunities for people currently not in employment due to ill health or disability
· Increased use of the work environment to help people maintain or improve their health
Sembcorp Technical Safety Manager Steve Herring, said: “Most of us spend much of our time at work and it is probably one of the most important places we can get guidance and support about living healthier lives.
“Sembcorp believes that promoting better health at work is essential and that all responsible employers have a vital role to play in providing information, guidance and support to help employees make healthier lifestyle choices.”
The range of initiatives that helped Sembcorp achieve the award included the regular focus on health issues at the company's weekly employee communication cascade (known as Around The Business); the execution of clear procedures and processes in line with Health and Safety law; the degree of health-related training carried out thoughout the business; involvement in Health Week national campaign activities; special mental health and healthy heart employee briefings; the promotion of access to “Well Man/Well Woman” checks at the premises of occupational health provider Team Prevent and specific employee engagement activities such as the 2012 Olympics and Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon events.
The picture shows Mr Martin Brown, left, Sembcorp Utilities Training Coordinator, a Senior Steward within the business and a trained counsellor who also delivered the mental health awareness training with HR officer Christine de Caux and Dr Adrian Parker, Assistant Vice President for Environment, Health and Safety covering Teesside and the Middle East.