The National Safety Council's Campbell Institute released a whitepaper on Oct. 18 entitled Workplace Wellbeing: Bridging Safety and Health
to demonstrate how a true culture of health and safety relies not only on a strong safety program, but one that also focuses on worker well-being.
The whitepaper features real world experiences of nine institute members, outlining the major successes and challenges they have experienced when developing and maintaining their well-being programs.
"Employee health and wellbeing is not just an emerging topic, but one that is gaining momentum," said John Dony, director of the Campbell Institute and director of environmental, health, safety and sustainability at the National Safety Council. "As many Campbell Institute members have known for several years and want to share, maintaining a sustainable business requires moving beyond just workplace safety to include overall employee health and wellness."
Integrated health and safety, or well-being, lies at the intersection of health protection – safety – and health promotion – wellness. It is the blending of health and safety programs to enhance overall worker well-being and prevent work-related injuries and illnesses. Well-being includes physical, mental, emotional, social and economic health.
The whitepaper provides five key takeaways to assist others in the pursuit of putting a well-being program in place:
• Pilot health and well-being programs with stakeholder input
• Craft good communication
• Experiment with incentive structures
• Engage employees through organized activities
• Connect well-being to safety