Tuesday, 14 April 2009

New toolkit aims to help Leeds workplaces stay healthy

A new toolkit to help small businesses in Leeds improve health in the workplace is being launched this week.

This toolkit will help local companies to support the health and wellbeing of their staff. It provides simple advice to improve health in the workplace and help employers to achieve reduced sickness absences, better retention of staff, greater productivity and improved staff morale

The ‘Leeds Healthy Workplace Toolkit for Employers’ has been developed by local experts working with Healthy Leeds, the city’s strategic partnership for health, and supported by LHF Healthplan.

The toolkit has been designed to demonstrate to local businesses that they do not have to make big investments of time or money to improve workplace health. Small changes can make all the difference and significantly improve the health and wellbeing of their workforce, which in turn can help improve the overall health of their business.

Councillor Brenda Lancaster, chair of Healthy Leeds said:
“In the current economic climate, businesses need to make the very best use of their resources, especially their workforce. Poor health among employees can have a serious effect on productivity, while a healthy workforce can make a crucial contribution to success.”

The toolkit offers practical advice and straightforward hints and tips on key health safety and wellbeing topics such as stress and musculo-skeletal disorders, as well as useful links and contacts for additional services in Leeds which can offer support.

To order a free copy of the toolkit, contact the Leeds City Council Health and Safety Team on 0113 247 7791, email env.health@leeds.gov.uk or download a copy from the Healthy Workplaces website: www.leedsinitiative.org/healthy/healthyworkplaces

Note:
Healthy Leeds is the over-arching city-wide strategic partnership for health improvement and health inequalities in the city. It enables dialogue between statutory partners, service user and carer representatives, the voluntary and community sector, and other key agencies for health.

Members of the partnership include representatives from Leeds City Council, NHS Leeds, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Leeds Mental Health Trust, the voluntary sector through Leeds Voice Health Forum, staff associations, private sector organisations, service users, carers and universities.

ENDS

For media enquiries please contact:
John Donegan, Leeds City Council Press Office (0113) 247 4450
email John.Donegan@leeds.gov.uk