Northumberland electronics company named health and wellbeing ambassador
An electronics company in Northumberland has been recognised with a prestigious health award.
Lintron Electronics Ltd’s Ashington branch has been awarded Ambassador Status in the Better Health at Work Award (BHAWA) in recognition of its dedication to health and wellbeing, both for staff and the surrounding community.
The BHAWA is a partnership workplace health initiative supported by the region’s 11 local authorities, the NHS, and coordinated by the Northern Trades Union Congress (TUC). More than 350 employers in the north east participated in the BHAWA last year, covering more than 208,000 employees.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust health improvement specialist Steven Chater supports businesses in Northumberland to achieve the award.
Steven said: “Lintron Electronics have shown a fantastic commitment to employee health and wellbeing. They have engaged with a large proportion of their workforce through a combination of strategy and policy development, as well as fun, interactive campaigns and training sessions for staff.
“Lintron have carried out innovative initiatives focusing on a broad range of topics supporting and promoting the health and wellbeing of their staff and embedding a positive, healthy culture in their workplace.
“In addition they are always willing and keen to share good practice with other organisations on the award, which has a considerable benefit for people across Northumberland.
“I am delighted that their dedication has been recognised with this achievement and I would encourage other employers to take part in the free Better Health at Work Award.”
The criteria to achieve the awards includes establishing staff ‘health advocates’, providing support to help staff stop smoking, creating a better awareness of how health can be affected by work activities, asking staff what health issues they would like help with and running subsequent health improvement campaigns to address the most popular topics. At the higher levels organisations are required to promote health within their wider community and to families of the workforce.
Les Cranson has been the lead health advocate for Lintron Electronics Ltd’s Ashington branch for more than seven years. During that time he has been active in promoting healthy eating and weight management, financial wellbeing, oral health, stress management and positive mental and sexual health, as well as organising physical activity taster sessions including archery, golf, badminton and football.
Les said: “At Lintron Electronics the health and wellbeing of our staff is a priority for us and we are always looking for new ways to support our staff and their families.
“We have set up monthly health and wellbeing sessions for every employee to set aside time for them to take part in our initiatives, and we recently invited a bank to come on site to provide a financial wellbeing session. Over the coming year we will also be holding a dementia awareness session on site, as well as supporting two members of staff to train as Domestic Violence Champions.”
Any employer can take part in the free Better Health at Work Award. For more information visit www.betterhealthatworkne.org
Or contact Steven Chater, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Health Improvement Practitioner Specialist on 01670 623862.