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Prevention Is Better Than The Cure For Your Business feat. James Murray

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Safeguarding Your Business: Prioritising Health and Safety

Health and safety in the workplace is often overlooked. Neglecting preventive health measures can be costly. It affects not just our health but also the amount of money businesses lose. Early intervention programmes help a lot. Address injuries, mental health concerns, and lifestyle issues before they get worse. It's crucial to put health first at work. Doing so brings big benefits.

James Murray, the founder of Work Healthy Australia in 2000, is a trusted expert in injury prevention and management within Australia's manual handling industries. His impressive academic background, including degrees in Science and Arts from Guelph University, Canada, and a Master’s in Chiropractic from Macquarie University, Australia, underscores his credibility. James is also proficient in Functional Movement Screening and Functional Integrative Needling. Beyond his professional life, he is actively involved in family life, manages other business ventures, and serves as the President of the Melbourne chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organisation.

In this episode you will:

  • Preventive health measures are crucial for reducing workplace injuries and their related costs, urging businesses to adopt proactive health strategies.
  • Workplace injuries can significantly increase costs for businesses through higher insurance premiums and lost productivity.
  • Early intervention can prevent severe health issues and reduce long-term costs by addressing both physical and mental health.
  • Effective health programmes monitor and maintain employee health regularly, similar to routine machinery maintenance for optimal performance.
  • Prioritising mental health in the workplace involves strategies like mental health first aid to address issues before they worsen.
  • Leadership is crucial in creating a workplace culture that values health, implementing programmes, and engaging employees.
  • Innovative health strategies, such as functional fitness and structured rehab pathways, are tailored to meet specific workforce needs.

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All this and more on this week’s episode of THE TOOLSHED.

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