APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Health & Safety

Resources for Employers

Health & Safety

Health and safety initiatives maximize the physical and mental health of employees through the prevention, assessment, and treatment of potential health risks and problems and by encouraging and supporting healthy lifestyle and behavior choices. Health and safety efforts include a wide variety of workplace practices that can help employees improve their physical and mental health, reduce health risks, and manage stress effectively. By investing in the health and safety of their employees, organizations may benefit from greater productivity and reductions in healthcare costs, absenteeism and accident/injury rates.

Efforts to address health and safety issues in the workplace include:

  • Training and safeguards that address workplace safety and security issues
  • Efforts to help employees develop a healthy lifestyle, such as stress management, weight loss and smoking cessation programs
  • Adequate health insurance, including mental health coverage
  • Health screenings
  • Access to health/fitness/recreation facilities
  • Resources to help employees address life problems, for example, grief counseling, alcohol abuse programs, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and referrals for mental health services

Example:

Organization: ARUP Laboratories

Program: Free On-Site Health Clinic

Results:

  • Employee well-being
  • Organizational performance
  • Health
  • Employee retention
  • Morale
  • Hiring selectivity
  • Satisfaction
  • Lower healthcare costs

Click here to read more about ARUP Laboratories, a 2002 and 2005 state-level award winner from Utah and one of APA’s 2003 Best Practices Honorees.

"Many of our organizational values focus on employees, with a goal of maximizing quality service to our community. This award illustrates our level of commitment to providing our employees with a healthy workplace, both physically and mentally."

Ed Everett
City Manager
Redwood City, CA