http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.19Change: -0.04
R/$ = 12.10Change: 0.05
Au 1179.46 $/ozChange: 3.26
Pt 1125.00 $/ozChange: 2.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Sep 21, 2012

Wellness campaign promotes health

Back
DURBAN|Crossroads|Environment|Road|Safety|Systems|Testing|Healthcare Costs|Logistics|Services|Solutions|Systems|Treatment Of An Illness|Workers With These Services|Chronic Conditions|Diseases|High Blood Pressure|HIV|HIV/Aids|Hypertension|Illness|Shola Naidoo|Thandeka Mcunu|Operations
|Environment|Road|Safety|Systems|Testing|Logistics|Services|Solutions|Systems||||Operations
durban|crossroads|environment|road|safety|systems-company|testing|healthcare-costs|logistics|services|solutions|systems|treatment-of-an-illness|workers-with-these-services|chronic-conditions|diseases|high-blood-pressure|hiv|hivaids|hypertension|illness|shola-naidoo|thandeka-mcunu|operations
© Reuse this



To ensure its staff remains healthy, logistics solutions provider Crossroads encourages employees to participate in a yearly wellness campaign.

Crossroads operations fleet supervisor Shola Naidoo says the wellness campaign was established in a collaborative effort between the eThekwini municipality in Durban and awareness initiative Trucking Wellness.

Employees are tested for blood pressure, sugar levels, HIV and hypertension, as well as for other illnesses and chronic conditions.

Testing takes place at various wellness centres in the country.

Crossroads national safety, health, environment, quality and road safety manager Thandeka Mcunu says employees are a company’s most valuable asset and adds that healthier employees are happier and more productive.

“The programme is about offering employees information. “We hope to have better-performing workers, as well as lower absenteeism and healthcare costs.

“By providing workers with these services, companies are improving employee wellbeing and job satisfaction. “Partnering with Trucking Wellness has been a huge success in the initial implementation stages of our wellness programme,” she says.

Meanwhile, Naidoo points out that such campaigns can significantly improve the efficiency of businesses, as the early detection and treatment of an illness enable employees to serve the company for longer and be with their families for longer.

Mcunu says every individual has some sort of health risk to varying degrees, whether it is unhealthy eating, drinking, smoking, a lack of exercise or sleep, or even a genetic issue.

She notes that a wellness programme can foster positive change and can encourage employees to be more responsible in treating the health risks to which they may be exposed.

“Some employees mentioned that they didn’t know they had any diseases, so, going forward, it’s about taking care of themselves by eating right and being more responsible.

“One employee was not even aware that he was suffering from high blood pressure. “After he had been tested, he was immediately sent to hospital and subsequently booked off until his condition stabilised,” Mcunu reveals.

Meanwhile, Crossroads also hosts regular fun days for employees and their families to educate them on various health issues.

The most recent event was an HIV/Aids awareness day in March.

Naidoo says employees turned out in large numbers with their families, showing great enthusiasm.

Free medical testing was done at the event and counselling and advice were given to attendees by trained medical staff.

Various motivational speakers, including those who have a medical background and HIV-positive persons, addressed employees. They emphasised the importance of staying healthy and knowing one’s status, and outlined the impact HIV/Aids could have on one’s family and lifestyle.

Naidoo notes that HIV/Aids also impacts on the company, as ill workers become fatigued.

“They could also be a threat to themselves or others if they become accident-prone. “Another concern is the number of days they are absent from work, which results in the company having to arrange for standby drivers on certain days,” she says.

Meanwhile, as part of its health and safety compliance, Crossroads has implemented the OHSAS 18001 standard, which is an Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series for health and safety management systems.

It is intended to help an organ- isation control occupational health and safety risks.

“At each Crossroads depot, monthly safety, health and environment (SHE) meetings are held for health and safety reps and management to discuss pertinent SHE-related issues.

“There are occupational health and safety committees at all Crossroads premises and they are part of the occupational health and safety management programme. “All our premises are inspected monthly and audited yearly,” Mcunu reveals.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Health and Safety News
DDS2 The new drug detection system, provided exlusively to Alco-safe by Alere Toxicology, gives instant test results for six types of drugs
South Africa-based electronic alcohol detection and drug-testing equipment supplier Alco-Safe will supply the Lion Detection System 20 (DS20) interlock system – a breathalyser attached to the starter motor of a vehicle – by the end of April says Alco-Safe director...
In recognition of its commitment to health and safety in the workplace, flooring company Kevin Bates Flooring and Carpeting (KBAC) received the Master Builders Association (MBA) North category award for health and safety in 2014, contracting and safety administrator...
Multidisciplinary construction group Liviero has designed and manufactured its own edge protection system, which not only helps to ensure the safety of all employees, subcontractors and clients, but also offers cost savings compared with imported edge protection.
More
 
 
Latest News
South African mining and energy adviser Ted Blom has raised a litany of concerns about the state of power utility Eskom and has warned of runaway costs and shortfalls in coal and water, as well as rail capacity. Blom was surprised by the recent buoyancy shown by...
JSE-listed Astrapak will sell specialised packaging systems manufacturer Knilam to Mapflex SA for R17.7-million. The proceeds would be used to reduce Astrapak’s current level of gearing.
The last of the 26 mooring units comprising the Port of Ngqura’s automated mooring system (AMS) have arrived at the port and are expected to improve port efficiency and safety, further driving the Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) objective of establishing...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel
Forest products group Sappi has confirmed the selection of its 25 MW biomass-to-power project, to be erected at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, as a preferred bidder under the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement...
Information and communications technology (ICT) distributor DCC is making Windows- and Android-operating systems tablets available through retailers and education equipment suppliers to provide school children with affordable, high-performance education tools. The...
Another cement manufacturer is set to enter the Ugandan market, raising hopes that prices will come down and spur growth in the construction industry. National Cement, a Kenyan manufacturer, has unveiled plans to invest $195-million in a new manufacturing plant in...
With growth rates exceeding that in the developed world – at an average of between 4% and 5% between 2002 and 2014 – African countries provide investors with ample reason to tap into booming consumer demand says Manufacturing Circle executive director Coenraad...
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) decreased by 3.7 index points month-on-month to 89.1 in March.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96