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ScotAsh Gains Healthy Working Lives Award

on Thu, 05/06/2014 - 10:16

ScotAsh has achieved the distinction of becoming the first company in Fife to achieve a Bronze Healthy Working Lives Award, since a new assessment process was introduced last autumn.

The company launched a wellbeing programme for employees two years ago, to build on its excellent health and safety record, which saw the business achieve 11 years without a Lost Time Injury in November 2013.

Karen Seivwright, Sales, Personnel, Training & Admin Assistant, has been leading a series of healthy living initiatives for the ScotAsh team.

She said: “The wellbeing programme started with a healthy eating campaign, which involved giving staff information on healthy eating – and we began ordering in Graze boxes and deliveries of fresh fruit to promote healthier snacking at work.

“The team here are fairly health conscious and quite a few people cycle to work, but around that time several people wanted to lose weight, so we gave every member of staff a copy of the Hairy Bikers’ diet book, which is full of hearty but healthy recipes.”

One of ScotAsh’s key projects has been the creation of a garden on a piece of former waste ground. The garden – in the middle of a heavily industrialised site – will provide staff with a pleasant place to spend breaks. Numerous shrubs have been planted and there are plans eventually to grow vegetables and fruit for consumption by the team.

Other initiatives have included a stop smoking campaign – which has seen several staff members successfully give up – and awareness programmes covering a range of topics from prostate cancer to mental health. The next campaign will focus on alcohol awareness.

In addition to working together on their garden, the ScotAsh team are currently in training for the Trossachs PLOD – a team-based walking endurance challenge of 50km, which takes place on 22nd August. The walk, which begins at midnight near Aberfoyle, is held annually to raise funds for the charity Action Medical Research. Each team must raise a minimum of £1500.

ScotAsh Chairman, Allan Everett, said: “Karen and the team have developed various wellbeing themes at ScotAsh during the last few years and delivered the programme in a way that has encouraged staff involvement and been enjoyable for everyone taking part. I am delighted that we have achieved a Healthy working Lives Bronze Award.”

The Healthy Working LivesAward Programme in Scotland supports employers in developing health promotion and safety themes in the workplace by providing advice, resources and running the nationally recognised Healthy Working Lives Award scheme.

Katie Provan, Healthy Working Lives Adviser, who undertook ScotAsh’s audit for the Bronze Award, said: “I am delighted that ScotAsh has achieved the Bronze Healthy Working Lives award.

“The commitment of the organisation to improve workplace health, safety and wellbeing has led to a number of innovative projects, including the development of a wellbeing garden on the site. I'm sure this will have many positive impacts for staff in the months and years to come.”