The ability to administer effective first aid in the event of a life-threatening injury or sudden illness in the workplace can save lives. There’s no denying the importance of that. However, for Australian businesses, first aid readiness is also a requirement of the Work Health and Safety Act (WHS Act) and the Work Health and Safety Regulations.
What’s so important about First Aid?
Providing immediate and effective first aid to workers or others who have been injured or
become ill at the workplace may reduce the severity of the injury or illness and promote
recovery. In some cases it could mean the difference between life and death. Continue reading →
Congratulations to our top sales executives for great results in 2012.
In late February Alsco and Fresh & Clean’s team of top performing sales executives from around the country made their way to beautiful Torquay on the Victorian coastline for the 2013 Sales Conference. The two day conference saw the team come together for training and recognition of their successes in 2012.
The first day featured presentations from Fresh & Clean National Sales Development Manager Monique Welsh, Alsco National Business Development Manager Dianne Lang and National Sales Manager for Managed Training Services Michelle Kay Clough. Each spoke about sales wins over the past twelve months, as well as their experience of what makes a successful sales executive. Continue reading →
The Stir Kinetic Desk automatically rises and falls to force workers to regularly stand up and stretch their muscles. Sound annoying? Well, consider this: research has shown that the more you sit, the higher your risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure. Prolonged sitting is also responsible for a range of bodily aches and pains, including back, neck and shoulder pain, disc pressure, carpal tunnel, blood clots, obesity, muscle atrophy, and low enzyme production.
The solution to all of these problems? Easy! More physical activity, which the Stir Kinetic Desk encourages, using inbuilt software to move workers from sitting to standing positions throughout the day. Users can either manually adjust the height of the desk when they want to stand up by double-tapping the screen, or set the computer to automatically raise and lower the table at regular intervals. Continue reading →
A day to reflect and celebrate the achievements of our staff across the nation and across the years.
Staff across all branches had a great day of celebration when they joined together on 1 February to celebrate Alsco’s historic 50 year anniversary. Everyone gathered for group photos and a celebratory lunch at each branch. The day provided the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the achievements of staff and the company over the past 50 years. Continue reading →
Absenteeism is estimated to cost Australian business around $17 billion per year. According to various studies, every sick day costs businesses an average of $385 and one in 40 people do it daily in Australia. The assumption, in Australia at any rate, is that the old-fashioned ‘sickie’ is the major issue. But is that the reality? Is laziness the problem or is there more going on?
According to recent research 90% of sick days are the result of genuine illness, with colds, flu, headaches, gastro and mental health the leading culprits. Those who subscribe to the ‘sickie’ philosophy may assume that most sick days are taken on either a Monday or a Friday, in order to enjoy a long weekend. The reality, however, is that Tuesdays are the most common day for unplanned absences from work. Continue reading →
With 6.4% of all Australians aged over 15 suffering from a stroke or heart disease each year it should be more widely known that this is the leading cause of death in Australia every year, beyond cancer, violent assaults and road casualties. Many of these cases occur in Australian businesses either to an employee, member of the public or visitor to the business. In fact, since we typically spend so many hours in our workplace, the chance of a cardiac arrest occurring at work is high. Statistics show that 80% of cases occur either at home, at work or in public places – not in a medical facility. Continue reading →
July 2013 – Workplaces across the country will significantly increase their focus on better mental health with the creation of an Australian-first alliance to drive change in business culture and practice.
The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance brings together mental health advocates, business representatives and government agencies in a partnership committed to improving mental health among Australian workers. Continue reading →
Ensuring that your business meets all the requirements of the Work Health and Safety Act can be a confusing exercise. Employers must manage the risks associated with falls, excess noise, chemical exposure and much more. First aid requirements must be met, the particulars of which vary according to workplace size and type. There is the potential for serious headaches.
For this reason, Safe Work Australia have created a range of model Codes of Practice. These provide practical guidance for achieving the standards of health, safety and welfare required under the Work Health and Safety Regulations (the WHS Regulations). Continue reading →
The importance of First Aid in promoting positive outcomes for those injured or suddenly taken ill is well known. Many of us have completed First Aid training and feel more or less confident in our ability to carry out first aid procedures. Government legislation has ensured that our workplaces have the right type and number of first aid kits as well as certified First-Aiders on the premises.
But what about Mental Health First Aid? It’s no secret that there’s a stigma associated with mental health problems but with these types of illness occurring frequently in our community – one in five Australians aged 16-85 suffer from some form of common mental illness in any year – it seems clear more of us should be learning a thing or two about mental health first aid as well. Just as people can learn some basic ways to help people suffering a physical problem, so too can they learn some simple ways to help those suffering from a mental illness. Similar to physical first aid, knowing mental health first aid may just save a life. Continue reading →