Toon team receive Healthy Working Lives award

A total of 36 organisations from the North East, including Peterhead, employing more than 8,400 people, received prestigious Healthy Working Lives awards for improving health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace.

The team at Penumbra in Peterhead received a bronze award.

Other successful organisations included Aberlea House Care Home in Aberdeen, with five employees and energy giant Total, which collected five awards – the most given in any year to a North East organisation since the awards began in 2006.

Nearly 74% of the organisations are connected to the oil and gas industry.

In all, 24 Bronze, 5 Silver, and 7 Gold awards were presented and the organisations were celebrated at a ceremony held on Friday, February 27, at Curl Aberdeen in Summerhill, Aberdeen.

The Healthy Working Lives Programme is part of NHS Health Scotland and encourages employers to promote a healthier workforce.

It covers a wide range of topics, including health promotion, occupational health and safety, employability, mental health and well-being, community involvement, and health and the environment.

Since the programme began, 235 organisations based in the North East have received the award.

For the current awards, a range of health and safety awareness events were held, including the Peterhead team at mental health charity Penumbra organising a healthy breakfast week.

Gold winner Wood Group PSN Hummingbird floating storage offloading production vessel reports that employees are now taking more responsibility for their own and colleagues’ health and wellbeing.

The awards were presented by Susan Webb, NHS Grampian acting Director of Public Health.

Steve Bell, Strategic Director for the Scottish Centre Healthy Working Lives at NHS Health Scotland said: “We are delighted that 36 organisations in Grampian have received a Healthy Working Lives Award.

The Award has been a great success story for Scottish employers and for their staff and provides an easily accessible framework through which to improve health, safety and wellbeing as well as delivering better business outcomes.”