A snapshot of programmes in Scotland

Some of Scotland's best known companies have established a broad range of activities, each of which have had an important part to play in making a positive contribution towards improving health and wellbeing.

Baxters Food Group has a resident Occupational Health Advisor and will shortly begin a programme of health promotion activity, looking at areas such as health screening, promoting a healthy diet, weight loss and blood pressure, as well as awareness raising on men's and women's health issues.

Devro (Scotland) has a subsidised canteen with healthy eating options and fruit available. An occupational health nurse and physician regularly visit the plant to carry out medical and absence referrals, as well as wider health promotion activities around losing weight, sensible drinking, smoking cessation and cancer prevention. Physical activities are also promoted through rambling, fishing and golf clubs. An employee assistance programme offers telephone access to assistance in all matters including health, and staff also have the option to make use of up to six free face-to-face counselling sessions.

Macphie of Glenbervie has an award-winning staff restaurant, which offers a wide range of healthy eating options. Physical activities are also promoted, with discounted memberships available for gyms and fitness centres (see the Macphie case study for more information.)

Nairns Oatcakes has a dedicated Healthy Working Lives Committee, which identifies key topics which the company will address over the following 12 months. This year, the focus will be on smoking cessation. Other activities include team walks and free staff health checks.

Thomas Tunnock has a full-time occupational health nurse, and offers smoking cessation services, alongside the provision of fresh fruit in the staff canteen and other activities. A doctor and chiropodist regularly visit the site and employees are encouraged to make use of these services.

Uin Foods provides health checks for employees around maintaining a healthy working environment, taking into consideration important environmental factors such as noise and dust levels. The company also undertakes health questionnaires which are backed up by independent analysis.

More Information

FDF has published a booklet called Workplace Wellbeing: The Food Industry in Action (pdf, 984kb) which features many workplace wellbeing schemes .

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Last reviewed: 29 Jul 2009