Workplace Health and Wellbeing

8. Workplace Health and Wellbeing

Sponsored by Healthy Ireland

This is section 8 of 12 to be included in your submission.

Promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace is a matter of vital importance for the welfare of workers, levels of productivity and economic growth. This new award recognises the importance of promoting health and wellbeing in the context of the broader health and safety agenda and is in line with the national priority to improve the health of the nation.

On the Island of Ireland we face health challenges related to lifestyle trends, mental health issues, chronic disease and health inequalities all of which impact on the health of the workforce. At an international level it is well documented that workplaces are in a unique position to promote health and wellbeing and many workplaces have made significant progress in this area.

To recognise these achievements the Healthy Workplace Award, sponsored by Healthy Ireland, was commissioned and will be awarded to the organisation that clearly demonstrates evidence of promoting a culture of health and wellbeing while implementing health related programmes across the organisation. This award will be made in addition to any other award the successful organisation has achieved.

Organisations are expected to demonstrate evidence of organisational commitment to workplace health and wellbeing and evidence of addressing issues to promote a healthier lifestyle including mental health and wellbeing among employees.

Organisations should provide evidence of their policies, procedures, analysis and surveys utilised to identify, assess and manage their workplace health and wellbeing risks.

Supporting evidence relating to 2019 is required in key areas associated with this section must include current evidence of implementation and review. Examples of the evidence required:

Organisational Commitment

  • Vision/Policy Statement
  • Staff Engagement
  • Staff Consultation

Physical Work Environment

  • Health and Safety
  • Working Conditions
  • Facilities for employees to support physical activity
  • Canteen options including Healthy Menus
  • Implementation of Healthy Meeting Guidelines

Health and Wellbeing Programmes

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Healthy Eating
  • Mental Health Promotion
  • Physical Activity
  • Employee Health and Wellbeing Monitoring

Community Outreach

  • Engagement with local providers

 

This is not an exhaustive list but presents a structure for applicants.

Download the awards guide [prompt list] [pdf; 814kb]

See section 9: Health and Safety Training