Sep 21, 2012
Wellness campaign promotes healthBack
DURBAN|Crossroads|Systems|Healthcare Costs|Treatment Of An Illness|Workers With These Services|Chronic Conditions|Diseases|High Blood Pressure|HIV|HIV/Aids|Hypertension|Illness|Shola Naidoo|Thandeka Mcunu
© Reuse this
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
Other Health and Safety News
Computer software designed specifically for health and safety training in various real-life environments is suitable for any industry and is achieving positive results in South Africa and worldwide, video and multimedia production company The Boiler Room tells...
South African road accidents in the construction sector are increasing, according to insurance company Federated Employers Mutual (FEM) MD Thelma Pugh and industry body Master Builders Association North (MBA North) construction health and safety manager Doug Michell....
The South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) is focusing on eliminating hazardous lead content in paint. Sapma executive director Deryck Spence says lead is commonly used in paint production as a facilitator of quick-drying paint, to prevent rust in...
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2014: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2014 report provides an overview of 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 steel and stainless...
Projects in Progress 2014 - First Edition (PDF Report)
This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and...
Automotive 2014: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
The report provides insight into the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local construction demand, geographic diversification, competition within the sector, corporate activity, skills, safety, environmental considerations and the challenges...
Construction 2014: A review of South Africa's construction sector (PDF Report)
Construction data released during 2013 hints at a halt to the decline in the industry during the last few years, with some commentators averring that the industry could be poised for recovery. However, others have urged caution, noting that the prospects for a...
Electricity 2014: A Review of South Africa's Electricity Sector (PDF Report)
This report provides an overview of the state of electricity generation and transmission in South Africa and examines electricity planning, investment in generation capacity, electricity tariffs, the role of independent power producers and demand-focused initiatives,...
Defence 2013: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial...
This Week's Magazine
The Electronic Systems Laboratory (ESL) of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University is strongly reaffirming its position as one of South Africa’s leading centres for satellite technology and expertise. It is currently...
The world’s lowest-cost diesel-electric locomotive is not made in China, but in Pretoria, at RRL Grindrod Locomotives’ newly upgraded 30 000 m2 plant. The company’s locomotive pricing is “more competitive than any other original-equipment manufacturer (OEM)...
The South African Defence Review 2012, released to the public at the end of last month (despite the year given in its title) recommends the creation of the post of Chief Defence Scientist. This official would be responsible for the management of defence technology...
AltX-listed engineering technology company Ansys has been awarded an R188-million contract by Transnet to supply integrated dashboard display systems to the freight rail utility’s locomotives. Black-owned and controlled Ansys developed the bespoke integrated system...
South Africa’s sole nuclear power station Koeberg, which is located in the Western Cape, breached a major operations milestone on April 4, which marked the thirtieth anniversary of Unit 1 having been connected to the grid. Eskom, which operates the two-unit plant,...