Under the web-based program, Western Australian (WA) workplaces that have demonstrated commitment and leadership towards creating a healthy workplace can apply to become a gold, silver or bronze Recognised Healthy Workplace.

Recognised workplaces receive a certificate plus a digital icon to display in the workplace, on websites, and to attract new staff. They are also promoted via the official website and provided support and advice to achieve the highest level of recognition possible.

Being recognised can also enhance business reputation, make businesses an employer of choice, assist to grow workplace culture, and clearly demonstrate the business commitment to health and wellbeing.

Healthier Workplace WA manager Hayley O’Connell,said since the program launched, the level of interest in workplace health in WA has been growing steadily with more than 1,600 businesses contacting them for support – and more than 35 earning the recognition.

“The support for workplace health in WA is terrific and many workplaces are implementing comprehensive workplace health and wellbeing plans which allow their staff to be physically active, to quit smoking, and to improve their nutrition,” Ms O’Connell said.

The program was developed in collaboration with Unions WA and the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Healthier Workplace WA is delivered by the Heart Foundation WA in conjunction with the Cancer Council WA.

Workplaces that have an existing workplace health and wellbeing program and would like to apply for recognition can visit www.healthierworkplacewa.com.au/get-recognised and submit an application online.

To take advantage of this free workplace health service and other resources, visit the website www.healthierworkplacewa.com.au

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