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.
Aims and contents
- know their personal health data and thus are more aware of the factors influencing their health.
- are aware of their stress levels and ability to cope, and they know what measures they therefore need to take.
- recognises health risks at an early stage.
- can define appropriate OHM measures.
HRV measurementMeasuring the heart rate variability (HRV) makes it possible to track the mutual effects between stress and recovery precisely and objectively. And it becomes possible to determine the quality of sleep and the intensity of physical activities. The next step involves a detailed analysis and an individual discussion based on the data and the records in which employees document their activities. Employees thereby learn which situations cause them stress and which ones influence regeneration – positively and negatively.
Aims and contents
- Employees learn about their stress levels by means of objective measurements and their activity log.
- Personal stressors and stress-inducing thoughts and behaviours are identified. Countermeasures which make best use of the individual’s personal resources and regeneration possibilities are then defined.
SECO night shift review
This check-up aims to reduce, and ideally prevent, any negative health effects for those who work night shifts. Under Switzerland's Employment Act, employees working 25 or more nights per year are entitled to a medical check-up 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 check-up at companies' premises and also has a broad national network of medical practices that carry out the check-ups for individual employees. This ensures that each employee receives a medical check-up and advice on important health issues relating to shift work.
For more information, please visit the SECO website
- Medical evaluation of the current situation (e.g. by using a medical questionnaire and measuring various vital parameters)
- Physical exam by a doctor
- One-to-one consultation
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.
Aims and contents
- Reduce the number of absences during the flu season and the associated costs
- Lower the risk of prolonged absences significantly from complications due to the flu
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→ Business blog article "Flu vaccination: protect yourself and others" (in German)
→ Business blog article "Show responsibility with company vaccination campaign" (in German)
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.
- General information and individual advice from healthcare professionals about protecting your skin
- Full-body scan by a dermatologist plus recommendations
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).
- become more aware of health issues in general
- learn more about health from a range of perspectives
- evaluate their health objectively and identify their risks
- receive individual advice and share ideas with specialists
Personal Health Coaching
A healthy lifestyle can prevent more than half of all non-infectious illnesses such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, or at least mitigate their progression. The Personal Health Coaching module is aimed at employees who are at risk of contracting health problems or already suffer from an illness. They receive personalised, science-based coaching to help them adopt an optimally healthy lifestyle. Studies conducted at the University of Basel have shown that a high level of acceptance and strong persistence among participants produces a positive result.
Aims and contents
- Measure Personal health coaching
- An app as support
- Promote and maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Reduce health risks
Vision and hearing test
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.
- Measure the eye function with the latest instruments, which takes only minutes
- Medical assessment and recommendation for treatment
- Measure and evaluate the hearing function using an audiometer and otoscope
- Invitation to undergo more detailed exam if there are indications of an impairment
Fitness and vitality programme
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.
- Submaximal endurance test on the bicycle ergometer
- Analysis of body composition using InBody measurements
- Discussion of the results
- Personal exercise plan
- Optional: Coaching by phone and follow-up test (check-up)
Migraine at the workplace
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.
- Individual coaching
- Pain diary
- Advice on medication
- Lifestyle advice and relaxation exercises
First-aid training to become a company paramedic
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).
- Recognise, evaluate and respond to an emergency situation
- Understand the rescue chain and its importance
- Know how to care for and position an unconscious person
- Learn to use adult simulation models, including cardiac massage and use of a defibrillator
- Apply the steps of the “BLS-AED-SRC algorithm”
- Understand the basic ethical principles and legal aspects