A range of employers from across Greater Glasgow and Clyde will today (October 6th 2010) pick up top awards for their efforts to boost health and wellbeing in the workplace.
Fifty-four organisations will be awarded a prestigious Healthy Working Lives Award at the Health at Work Conference, Hampden Park, which will be attended by 200 delegates from the world of business and health.
The Award Programme encourages employers to promote a healthier workforce and covers a wide range of topics including health promotion, occupational health and safety, employability, mental health and well-being, community involvement, and health and the environment.
Among the 43 organisations picking up Awards are Queens Cross Housing Association, Anniesland College, Glasgow Airport Ltd, BeCogent, SCA Packaging, Glasgow Theatres Ltd, Four Seasons Nurseries, and Inverclyde Council.
The employers have achieved an Award for taking a number of steps to improve the health and wellbeing of their staff such as promoting healthy eating and exercise programmes, mental health and well-being promotion, smoking cessation classes, health and safety checks, and the introduction of family-friendly policies such as parental leave.
Congratulating the award winners, Steve Bell, Strategic Director of the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives, said: “Management and staff at all the organisations which have achieved an Award must be congratulated on their efforts to improve their health and wellbeing. I am confident that workplaces will continue to play an important role in improving our nation’s health and quality of life.”
Health at Work Manager, Lisa Buck, spoke before the Conference in Glasgow today commending the drive to improve employee health and well-being.
She said: "NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is committed to improving health, ensuring that as many people as possible are healthy and able to join the workplace and contribute to the success and prosperity of the area.
“Health at Work as a key NHS team offering a range of free services to support organisations that recognise that looking after the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees is not only good for the individual but also contributes to reduced sickness absence, fewer workplace accidents, greater productivity and increased profitability.”
Organisations need to meet core criteria to achieve the three levels of award - Bronze, Silver and Gold – however it is designed to be flexible so employers can select the most relevant topics to their own workforce.
Another aspect to the Award Programme is the Healthy Working Lives Mental Health and Well-being Commendation Award which rewards good practice in promoting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
The Awards have been developed in consultation with businesses and health professionals across Scotland. It is supported by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Scotland, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), the Scottish Government, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), NHS Scotland, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), Jobcentre Plus, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)
For further information about the HWL Award or Health at Work, please contact the free Healthy Working Lives adviceline on 0800 019 2211, or visit www.healthyworkinglives.com .
Notes to Editors
Health at Work are an NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Improvement team and offer a range of free services to support companies in the NHSGGC area in order to improve workplace health. To contact them call 0141 314 0024.
For a free and confidential advice on the latest health and safety legislation, occupational health support and help with health promotion or to arrange a workplace visit, please call the Healthy Working Lives Adviceline on 0800 019 2211.
The following organisations have been successful in achieving the HWL Award:
Bronze, Silver, Gold Award winners
Alllied International Credit
Campbell Dallas LLP
Central College of Glasgow
Chivas Brothers Ltd
Dunbritton Housing Association
East Glasgow CHCP
Four Seasons Nurseries (Scotland) Ltd
Glasgow Airport Ltd
Glasgow City Council
Glasgow Theatres Limited
Interview Office Network Identity and Passport Service
Inverclyde Community Health Care Partnership
JCP Clyde and Fife
Larkfield Housing Association
Loretto Housing Association & Loretto Care
MEPC Hillington Park
NHS 24 - Clydebank Contact Centre
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Corporate Services
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde - Mental Health Partnership
NHSGGC Mental Health Partnership Forensic Mental Health and Learning Disabilities
North Glasgow CHCP
Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership
South West Community Health&Care Partnership
Student Loans Company
The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice The Richmond Fellowship - Hawthorn Court
The Richmond Fellowship Scotland - Oakley Terrace
Tribunals Service Scotland
UK Border Agency
Visage Lifestyle Clinic
West Dunbartonshire CHP
West Glasgow CHCP
Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service - Glasgow
East Dun CHP
Glasgow Caledonian University Students Association
Glasgow Metropolitan College
HM Inspectorate of Education - National
Jobcentre Plus - South Cluster
Jobcentre Plus Glasgow Benefit Delivery Centre
Jobcentre Plus Paisley Contact Centre
Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd
Diageo - Shieldhall
Gardeen Housing Association
Langside College - Glasgow
Queens Cross Housing Association
Shell Business Service Centre – Glasgow
Mental Health & Wellbeing Commendation Award winners
Gardeen Housing Assoc
The National Waiting Times Centre