By doing a health check, employees learn about their current health profile to raise awareness and encourage them to identify risk factors and choose a healthy lifestyle – at work and elsewhere. Based on the test results, employees receive information and recommendations during a personal consultation on how to enhance or maintain their health. The focus and scope of the health check-up may vary, depending on the company's needs. The subsequent optional health report highlights the health risks for the company so that it can develop further OHM measures.
This review aims to reduce, and ideally prevent, any negative health effects for workers doing night shifts. Under Switzerland's Employment Act, employees working 25 or more nights per month are entitled to a medical exam and consultation. Workers can request this service every two years, or every year if they are age 45 or above. SWICA carries out the SECO night shift review on site at companies with 12 or more employees. For companies with fewer than 12 employees, SWICA has a broad national network of medical practices that carry out the review. Each employee receives a medical exam as well as counselling on important health issues relating to shift work.
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The annual flu shot protects not only individuals themselves against infection and illness but also others whom they are in contact with at home or at work. In addition, it reduces the risk of other complications. The vaccine is administered annually from the middle of October until the middle or end of November.
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Although the sun is vitally important to all forms of life, its UV rays pose a risk to our skin. Take for example the number of skin cancer cases, which has doubled in the last 30 years (National Skin Cancer Campaign, 2018). Identifying changes to the skin at an early stage can help to prevent more serious problems later on.
A health day is an ideal kick-off event when introducing occupational health management at the company or as an event by itself for employees. The offer can be arranged and tailored to the individual needs of customers, for example as an event with health check-ups, biofeedback measurements (relaxation), lectures (e.g. on mental health, nutrition and exercise) and workshops (e.g. relaxation exercises, ergonomics, movement exercises).
Impaired hearing or vision can endanger the safety and performance of employees. Testing a person’s eyesight and capacity to perceive spatial and colour differences helps to detect disorders at an early stage. The same applies to hearing tests: Regular tests can counteract noise-induced hearing loss, one of the most common occupational illnesses.
The fitness and vitality programme measures employees' personal fitness level. The programme uses objective measurement results to motivate employees to take responsibility for their health. A stamina test serves as basis for developing an exercise plan that includes a competition, a step component, and a personal coaching session, for example.
Migraine is the third most common illness worldwide, affecting one in seven people. SWICA offers those suffering from headaches its adapted version of an individual coaching programme originally developed by the Swiss Headache Society and Novartis. Migraine sufferers learn about the factors triggering attacks and their effects. This helps them to adjust their behaviour and improves their quality of life in the long term.
Emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere. Therefore it's important that someone at work knows how to do the right thing and can help in such situations. In this course, employees will learn the theories and methods for becoming effective first-aiders who know what to do in an emergency. On completion of the course, participants receive a certificate from the Swiss Resuscitation Council (SRC).