Employee Needs Assessment
To assess the present health needs and interests of employees, a confidential health interest survey should be developed and administered. This survey should include questions about the organizational culture, leadership issues, workplace and non-work related sources of stress as well as the personal health behaviours of employees. The Health at Work 4 all! Program Coordinator can help guide you towards creating an assessment that will capture the type of information you need to collect as you begin to change your workplace into one where health and wellness are a priority.
Contact the Health at Work 4 All! program coordinator at 519-663-5317 ext. 2412 to discuss your workforce and discuss how to plan for an employee needs assessment in your workplace.
Fit-testing is a process that ensures that a respirator fits the user’s face to protect them from inhaling a hazardous contaminant. It's part of a respirator safety protection program that educates workers on self-screening, the proper care, use, and limitations of respiratory protection devices.
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Making the Case for Workplace Health
The Health at Work 4 All! program coordinator is available to come to your workplace to present “Making 'Cents' of Workplace Health” to your management and/or your wellness committee, union or staff representatives, Human Resources personnel, etc. to show them the hard (increased ROI and better recruitment and retention statistics) and soft (they’ll be seen as an employer of choice, improved employee satisfaction, etc.) reasons why addressing employee health is an important issue that will provide multiple benefits for very little actual cost. Contact the Health at Work 4 All! program coordinator at 519-663-5317 ext. 2412 to discuss your needs and arrange a presentation in your workplace.
Download the Health at Work 4 All! Topic List (PDF 424KB) and review a complete listing of MLHU service areas offering presentations, displays, websites and print resources.
The Health at Work 4 All! program coordinator is available to come to your workplace to discuss the importance of a Healthy Workplace and how the Health Unit and other community resources can enhance and benefit your employee health and well-being. The program coordinator will review what a “healthy” workplace is, introduce you to the WHO framework and model for building a healthier workplace and the CSA Standard for Psychologically Healthy and Safe workplaces, assist you with plans to make the changes needed and introduce you to a wide selection of resources and supports available to get your workplace started on the path to becoming an employer of choice for the choice employees.
Contact the Health at Work 4 All! program coordinator at 519-663-5317 ext. 2412 to discuss your needs and arrange a consultation in your workplace.
@Work Kits You Can Borrow
The self-contained and easy to set up @ Work Kits are available FREE of charge for you to borrow when you are having a health fair, lunch and learn and/or other workplace events. To borrow an @ Work Kit for your workplace, please call 519-663-5317 ext. 2254 and speak to the administrative assistant.
Alcohol and other Drugs
Encourage colleagues to reduce their health risks associated with alcohol use. Find resources at www.rethinkyourdrinking.ca.
Do you or your co-workers have questions about food and healthy eating? Call EatRight Ontario (ERO) at 1-877-510-5102 to speak to a Registered Dietitian for free or visit www.eatrightontario.ca. Translation services available in over 100 languages. Call ERO to order free promotional materials advertising their services and resources.
Borrow the new Health Unit Healthy Eating Workplace Kit (PDF) for a health fair, lunch and learn or other workplace event. The kit contains display panels on tips for healthy eating “At Home”, “At Work” and “At Restaurants” and educational resources that can be printed, photocopied or ordered. To book, call 519-663-5317 ext. 2254.
Are your co-workers interested in making your workplace more supportive of healthy eating? This presentation by a Health Unit Registered Dietitian includes an overview of a “Healthy Workplace Nutrition Environment”, followed by participant discussion about ideas for change in your workplace. There is a 15 participant minimum for workshops, although exceptions may be made for smaller workplaces. Workshops must be booked at least 1 month in advance and are based on dietitian availability. To book or for more information, call 519-663-5317 ext. 2353.
Order free copies of Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide in a variety of languages. To order, call Health Canada at 1-866-225-0709.
Order free copies of the Health Unit Food and Healthy Eating bookmark (PDF) advertising ERO’s services and the Health Unit website. To order, call 519-663-5317 ext. 2675.
Various healthy eating fact sheets are also available to download and print from EatRight Ontario and Dietitians of Canada.
Bi-weekly Electronic Newsletter
Do you want to stay up to date with the latest local events and opportunities available to you and your coworkers as well as tidbits of the most relevant research findings for use in your workplace health initiatives? The Health at Work 4 All! electronic newsletter comes to your in-box every other Thursday by blind copy (the identity of recipients remain confidential). You are welcome to use all or any parts of it, in any format you wish - cut and paste appropriate parts for use in your company newsletters or paycheck stuffers or print and post it on your company bulletin boards - whatever the needs are in your workplace. Read it and pass it on!
Twice a year Health Unit employees, from all program areas, create a newsletter jam packed with valuable, seasonably appropriate information, reminders and upcoming events. This newsletter is made available right here on the Health Unit website. A list of new resources ready for use in workplaces will also be announced with the spring and fall newsletters.
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The Health Unit offers a variety of parenting groups, classes and resources. Find information and support at www.iparent.net. Parenting can be demanding, no matter what age your kids are! There are ways to stay positive and deal with challenge.
The following resources are available to provide support for your workplace.
Planning a Workplace Health Fair
A health fair is an educational and interactive event designed to provide basic health and wellness information to people in a community or workplace. This guide gives you the information you need to plan, implement and evaluate a successful health fair in your organization or community.
Planning Healthy Meetings
Meetings are a central part of today’s world of work and may involve food, drinks and long periods of sitting. Meetings should be an efficient way to disseminate information, obtain feedback or make collective decisions. However, sometimes there are too many meetings or they are inefficient and don’t meet their anticipated goals.
The Healthy Meetings 4 All! document is intended to help users host meetings, conferences or events that are different; that foster a learning environment where participants stay alert, productive and engaged throughout the event. This can encourage and support healthier choices at home and at work and will also support event participants in their healthy living goals.
Explore how effective coping strategies and supportive work environments can help manage personal and work-related stress and result in better work-life-family balance. Use the fact sheets, book a presentation and/or borrow the @ work kit to provide this important support in your organization.