Presented at the 2018 Mining Health and Safety Conference
Chronic occupational and non-occupational diseases: Mitigation through comprehensive health and wellness program development
Dr. Farrell Cahill Horizon, Occupational Health Solutions
The consequences of poor physical health and wellness for those working at a physically demanding job can be costly both in human and economic terms. This is especially true with the rapidly increasing prevalence of non-occupational diseases, which are physical and mental conditions not caused by the occupation. Improving both the physical and mental health standards and education in the workplace will positively affect the work wellness culture. Not only does it mitigate risk of illness, injury, and associated costs to employees of national and multi-national organizations, but also positively affects the wellness culture of their community as a whole. The data presented has been collected over 17 years of work in the field of obesity and chronic diseases. Findings from the general population and national organization-based research will be presented along with how to develop health risk prevention programming to produce measurable shifts in both occupational and non-occupational diseases. The presentation will also provide detail on how incidents and injury rates in the workplace and at home can significantly be reduced. It will include the details from a newly funded research program that works directly with a number of large multi-national organizations to develop and implement the most comprehensive health and wellness initiatives.