Care for your health

Dietsmann_PMD_officeFollowing the HSEQ campaigns we had in 2012 about cardiovascular diseases, drinking prevention and HIV prevention, we will deal with musculoskeletal disorders prevention in the first quarter of the year 2013.

 

This HSEQ campaign is all about health and what can be done to make sure you live a healthy life.

In this first campaign 2013, all Dietsmann employees will be informed about preventing the risks by being aware of their posture and movements at work.

You only have one life. Keep it healthy!

 

Theme

How to prevent musculoskeletal disorders at the office

SYMPTOMS:

  • Muscular pain in wrists, shoulders, elbows, knees, back
  • Stress, nervous disorders

MINIMIZE THE RISKS BY BEING AWARE OF YOUR POSTURE AND MOVEMENTS AT WORK:

  • Screen and chair at correct height
  • Sit up straight, thighs horizontal
  • Do not sit with legs crossed
  • Make sure you have enough light

Below you can read the previous themes.

 

Theme 1 – How to prevent high blood pressure


How to prevent high blood pressure

What are the symptoms?
Most importantly: how to minimize the risks to live a healthy life.

Prevent high blood pressure

SYMPTOMS:

  • headache (back of the head) in the morning
  • dizziness
  • light-headedness
  • tinnitus

MINIMIZE THE RISK BY:

  • quit smoking
  • drink less alcohol
  • drink more water
  • eat less salt
  • lose weight
  • exercise
  • care for relaxation

Theme 2 – How to prevent diabetes

How to prevent diabetes

What are the symptoms?
Most importantly: how to minimize the risks to live a healthy life.

Prevent diabetes

SYMPTOMS:

  • excessive drinking
  • urinary infections
  • reddened or stinging eyes / blurred vision
  • fatigue of drowsiness
  • impotence
  • dry mouth and tongue
  • increased appetite

MINIMIZE THE RISK BY:

  • eating healthily
  • avoiding sugar (desserts, chocolate) and drinks containing lots of sugar (Cola)
  • losing weight
  • exercising
  • quitting smoking

Theme 3 – How to prevent a heart attack

How to prevent a heart attack

This month the theme is ‘How to prevent a heart attack’. What are the symptoms?
Most importantly: how to minimize the risks to live a healthy life.

Prevent a heart attack

SYMPTOMS:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • discomfort in arm(s), back neck, jaw or stomach
  • shortness of breath
  • breaking out in a cold sweat
  • light headedness
  • nausea/vomiting

MINIMIZE THE RISK BY:

  • following a balanced & healthy diet
  • lowering your cholesterol
  • limiting alcohol consumption
  • quitting smoking
  • exercising
  • reducing stress
  • lowering high blood pressure

Theme 4 – Prevention: risks associated with drinking and driving

Prevention – Drinking and driving

What are the side effects?
Most importantly: what are the risks associated with drinking and the side effects each should carefully consider before consuming any alcohol beverages to live a healthy life.

SIDE EFFECTS:

  • Slower reflexes and loss of balance
  • Drowsiness and fatigue
  • Vision problems

RISKS:

  • Problems seeing at a distance
  • Slower reflexes when braking
  • Cancer, liver and heart problems, depression, anxiety
  • Accident or collision between vehicles and pedestrians
  • No respect for safety guidelines

Theme 5 – Prevention: drinking and manual work

Prevention – drinking and manual work

What are the side effects?
Most importantly: what are the risks associated with drinking and the side effects each should carefully consider before consuming any alcohol beverages to live a healthy life.

SIDE EFFECTS:

  • Overconfidence and recklessness
  • Agression and irritability
  • Misjudging situations

RISKS:

  • Causing serious injuries or damage installations
  • No respect for Safety Guidelines
  • Poor performance at work
  • Physically or verbally abusing staff
  • Psychiatric disorders (depression, anxiety, instability, chronic insomnia)
  • Irregular heartbeat or sudden death

Theme 6 – Protect yourself from HIV

Protect yourself from HIV

How to protect yourself?

  • Always use a condom when having sex
  • Never share needles or syringes
  • You cannot get HIV from kissing, spitting, scratching biting or sharing utensils

Symptoms after infection

  • After 10 days : Fever, rash, severe sore throat
  • After years : Your immune system breaks down, leaving you

If in doubt, take a free and confidential test. If you are HIV positive, start treatment and take the right steps to prevent passing the virus on to others. Below you can read the previous themes.

Theme 7 – How to prevent musculoskeletal disorders at the workstation

PMD workstation

How to prevent musculoskeletal disorders at the workstation

SYMPTOMS:

  • Muscular pain in wrists, shoulders, elbows, knees, back
  • Stress, nervous disorders

MINIMIZE THE RISKS BY BEING AWARE OF YOUR POSTURE AND MOVEMENTS AT WORK:

  • Stand up straight and maintain a healthy posture
  • Position work surface at a comfortable height
  • Be careful with your back when carrying tools/boxes
  • Limit biomechanical risks: extremely bad posture, vibrations, repetitive movements, excessive strain