Workplace Health and Safety

A healthy and safe work environment is important to the success of your business. Three things that affect the health and safety of your work environment are nutrition, exercise, and sleep.

Nutrition - Healthier employees are less likely to take sick days or use vacation time because they are sick.

Proper nutrition can:

    • Promote a healthy weight and reduce your risk for obesity
    • Reduce the risk of developing high cholesterol
    • Reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
    • Reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure or reduce blood pressure in those who already have high blood pressure
    • Increase energy
    • Increase blood flow to your brain

Exercise - One of the most effective disease prevention activities (especially important with sedentary jobs)

Exercise can:

    • Reduce the chance of developing depression
    • Improve stamina and strength
    • Helps you control or maintain a healthy weight
    • Reduce risks of cardiovascular diseases
    • Help you fall asleep faster and sleep deeper

Sleep - It is recommended that adults get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

Exhaustion can cause:

  • Reduced productivity
  • Increase in error
  • Lack of focus
  • Increased worker compensation costs
  • Reduced problem solving abilities
  • Irritability

(Most information is from Mrs. Walton's Keynote on Workplace Health and Safety)

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