Construction workers in Queensland are being encouraged to assess their health and wellbeing, as the state government embarks on the second round of an education initiative.
The Bligh Government – through Workplace Health and Safety Queensland – is set to provide $30,000 sponsorship to expand the Bussta Gut Challenge, minister for building industry Simon Finn announced Tuesday (December 6).
The innovative health campaign was launched in March this year and aims to highlight major health risk factors such as smoking, harmful alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and poor nutrition.
"In 2008/09, the Construction WorkHealth Initiative pilot assessed the health of over 1,000 construction workers and revealed high levels of obesity, smoking, problem drinking and skin damage due to sun exposure," Mr Finn said.
Not only will workers have the opportunity to undergo an initial assessment of health risk factors – such as blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and body composition – but they will also be supported with education about physical activity and healthy eating choices.
Highlighting the importance of healthy staff is an issue faced by many sectors, not just the construction industry.
Programs such as the Bussta Gut Challenge may prompt employers to consider offering a corporate health insurance plan as a way of ensuring workers remain happy, healthy and productive.