Halliburton's Staff Gets Gold for Strategic HSE Program

Staff at Halliburton have scooped Grampian's first gold in Scotland's Healthy Working Lives Awards.

The employees were first past the post to collect the accolade after a company-wide campaign that saw them enjoy free on-site massages, take up various sporting activities and raise cash for charity while boosting their fitness levels.

To satisfy the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives Gold Award criteria, Halliburton enlisted health promotion experts at fitnut ltd, to design an action plan that supported the Company's Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) strategy and business objectives. One of the company’s aims is to reduce the levels of absenteeism in the workplace by promoting healthy lifestyle changes and incorporating fitness into people's lives.

As a result of fitnut's plan, Halliburton adopted health initiatives including development of a dedicated intranet site, health exhibitions, health assessments for employees, free onsite massages, presentations by health experts, companywide sporting activities and smoking cessation support.

Halliburton HSE Manager, Jason Harrower, has seen many benefits from taking part in the scheme: "This Gold Award speaks volumes for the commitment and innovation of our people involved in putting together our program. We help staff look after their health while they work, which helps to improve staff morale and reduce days lost to illness -- so we all benefit."

"At the same time, we updated our health and wellbeing policies and procedures against the Gold standard that includes consultation, review processes and the provision of support for staff with health problems," concluded Harrower.

One of the events that contributed to the Gold award was The Fit 4 2008 Charity Challenge aimed at improving individual lifestyles and making a personal commitment to a healthier way of life. Employees were invited to attend a "Challenge Check" at the beginning and end of the eight week challenge and to make a £10 charity contribution. Thirty-five teams took part and all participants who were tested at the end had improved at lease one element of their health and fitness.

Penny McIntosh, fitnut ltd’s MD, added, "Halliburton has been measured against an objective national standard and has had its good practice and hard work recognized by this new award."