New videos to help boost workers’ health
It's not only office workers who need to pay attention to their
health, as shown by a series of short videos aimed at the blue
The University of Queensland
teamed up with Workplace
Health and Safety Queensland as part of the State
Happier. Workplaces to produce videos aimed at the
construction, manufacturing, transport, oil and gas industries.
UQ's School of Human Movement and Nutrition
Sciences' Dr Nicholas
Gilson led the development of the videos.
"Too often we forget the significant health challenges faced by
workers in non-office-based occupations," Dr Gilson said.
"The videos provide real-world insights into how companies and
workers in the blue-collar sector can implement lifestyle solutions
to deal with high levels of chronic disease."
The six short videos, which last between four and six minutes,
consist of an introduction to energy balance presented by UQ
experts, and case studies of four Australian companies from each
The case studies focus on employee perspectives and feature
people work in blue-collar industries who are struggling to lead a
The videos then explore how these same people incorporate
activity and good dietary choices into busy working lives.
One video is solely dedicated to presenting management
perspectives and highlights how effective leadership can facilitate
healthy choices at work.
The idea for developing the video resources emerged from the
findings of a
previous collaborative study between UQ and Workplace Health
and Safety Queensland.
The study used smartphones to encourage truck drivers to
self-monitor and regulate their physical activity and diets while
The new video suite can be used for induction and toolbox talks,
reinforcing healthy behaviours for workers and supporting managers
in leading conversations regarding health and wellbeing.
Worksafe website provides a range of complementary tools and
resources to further support the implementation of broader
workplace health and wellbeing programs, including the work health
planning guide, checklists, benchmarking tools and case
Videos featuring the work of UQ experts can be found on WorkSafe
YouTube channel, prefixed by the title Healthy work.
Media: Dr Nicholas Gilson, firstname.lastname@example.org
, +61 7 3365 66114 or +61 0431 099 337;
Robert Burgin, UQ Communications, email@example.com
, +61 7 3346 3035, +61 0448 410 364; Workplace
Health and Safety Queensland, firstname.lastname@example.org
, +61 0478 332 200.