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Feb 21 2014

Businesses to receive health boost through Council-backed scheme

harrow_council_logoHarrow Council is backing a new scheme that will help the borough’s businesses to boost the health of their employees.

The Healthy Workplace Charter, which launches in Harrow on Wednesday (February 26), is a programme which helps businesses to improve their health and safety information, host stop smoking sessions, provide information on alcohol and substance misuse and hold activities designed to improve physical fitness and mental health and well-being.

Businesses that sign-up go through a process of self-assessment and can achieve three levels of qualification, which, as well as boosting the health of their employees, could also boost their profile as an employer and save them money.

The London Healthy Workplace Charter, which is co-ordinated by the Greater London Assembly (GLA), began as a pilot in the capital in 2012. It follows research that shows that on average, a London firm of 250 employees loses around £4,800 per week due to sickness absence.

At the Harrow launch, businesses can attend sessions on:

  • How to make savings by having a healthier workforce
  • How to make takeaway meals healthier and attract new customers
  • Making savings by reducing food waste and what support the GLA can offer businesses

As well as help with the self-assessment process, businesses will also be referred to other services which can help them and will get advice from Harrow Council and voluntary sector consortium Healthwatch Harrow on how they can make their workplace healthier.

Leader of Harrow Council and Chairman of the Harrow Health and Well Being Board Cllr Susan Hall, said: “As a business owner myself, I know how important it is to have a healthy and happy workforce. We are committed to helping businesses in Harrow to flourish and this charter will enable them to do just that – helping them to provide lots of opportunities for their staff to get fit and healthy, which in turn could improve things like morale and efficiency and hopefully see their business go from strength to strength.”

Ash Verma, Chairman of Harrow in Business (HiB) which leads the Healthwatch Harrow consortium of local voluntary sector partners responsible for championing local health and social care matters, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Harrow Council on this important initiative because a healthy workplace means a healthy business, which is good for local employment”.

The launch event of the London Healthy Workplace Charter will take place on February 26 between 3 and 5pm at Harrow College Lecture Theatre.

Local businesses who would like to participate in the London Healthy Workplace Charter initiative can contact: publichealth@harrow.gov.uk or info@healthwatchharrow.co.uk or info@hib.org.uk

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  1. sonoo malkani

    All these initiatives will only make us a better,more efficient borough.Hope many go along to this launch and benefit by joining in the initiative.

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