Software for the health conscious workplace

Software for the health conscious workplace

Kiwi companies check out a health and safety management intranet software program.

Employees in the industrial and commercial sectors are starting to benefit from an early reporting discomfort programme where a workstation assessment or physiotherapy sessions can be developed before the problem gets worse. HabitAtWork was released in 2006 with several banks and New Zealand Post approaching Inspire Group to design a user friendly software programme.

Inspire Group chief operating officer Shaun Sheldrake says ACC asked if it could apply this programme in the industrial sector.

“We were approached by a couple of banks [ASB and Westpac] two years ago. At the time their health and safety managers were saying some branch staff didn’t have internet access so they wanted to customise it for the intranet. ASB, Westpac, BNZ, ANZ National and New Zealand Post were all happy to sit around the table and talk about financing the project. It was interesting to see they all wanted to work with competitors.”

Sheldrake says the programme is fundamentally designed to help people manage discomfort and seek help.

“Claims for pain may not be covered by ACC [if no actual injury is present], which is a huge frustration for employees.”

He adds that the standard system is avaliable free from ACC.

“If companies want to customise it to their internal system we charge a standard fee of $3650. We know it’s been widely used from the web. We’re currently doing customised versions for Inland Revenue, the Department of Corrections and about to start customising it for the ACC’s internal requirements.”

Inspire Group is undertaking a pilot scheme where people can download exercises to iPod.

“People can flick into their iPod when they are out of the office and look at visual exercises which can show a character demonstrating inflammation. We want to take it beyond a podcast so you can interact with the character on your mobile device,” says Sheldrake.

Fairfax Business Media

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