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Complete Your Health Care Strategy with Occupational Health Services

Protect your business and your bottom line

Oct 26, 2015

Strong workplace wellness programs can help prevent work-related illnesses and injuries — but there’s more you can do to protect your business and your bottom line. By aligning both your safety and wellness initiatives under one central workforce health strategy, you can greatly reduce your overall costs while maximizing employee engagement and your company’s long-term health.

The high cost of poor health

Employee lifestyle risks and chronic conditions take a toll on your business. And it’s not just in medical costs or daily job performance. When your employees aren’t at their best physically, it can dramatically increase your workers’ compensation and disability claims.

Smoking

  • Smoking can increase workplace injuries by 40%.1
  • Average retail price of a pack of cigarettes is $5.17 in CA but medical costs and productivity losses per pack are about $27.07.2

Diabetes

  • Diabetes costs employees $4,413 more a year in medical costs on average.3
  • Diabetes makes employees five times more likely to have higher workers’ compensation costs when injured.4

Obesity

  • Obesity makes it twice as likely for employees to have a work injury. It can also make them miss 13 times the number of work days and have 7 times higher workers’ comp costs.5
  • Medical expenses related to obesity are 42% higher,6 increasing:
    • the total cost per claim ($68,000 vs. $35,000)
    • missed workdays (35 weeks vs. 19 weeks)
    • permanent disability and attorney involvement7 (both 68% vs. 15%)

Three benefits of integrating occupational health with wellness initiatives

  1. Reduce the risk and impact of chronic conditions by minimizing occupational hazards and encouraging healthier behaviors.
  2. Increase employee awareness and understanding of your strategy — contributing to better program participation and healthy, lasting behavior changes, even among your highest-risk employees.
  3. Make it easier to build a culture of health throughout your work environment and apply policies that protect and enhance the health of your employees and your business.