How a nationwide transport company used InBody to monitor employee health
In the past few years, we’ve seen a steady increase within corporate companies who have started to monitor and actively assist their staff in keeping a healthy lifestyle.
A large Australian Transport company recognised the need for use and application of InBody Body Composition Analysers within their business. They were concerned that a combination of long distance driving and potentially inadequate dietary choices and exercise regimes would have a negative effect on their employees’ health.
- 62% of Australian workers are overweight
- Only 8% eat 5 or more serves of Fruit & Vegetables per day
- Unhealthy employees take up to 9 times more sick leave than their healthy colleagues
After identifying this issue, they then needed to find a way to measure the body composition of their drivers that was non discriminatory and non invasive, yet extremely precise.
What they did
Following on from their research, they decided to introduce InBody Body Composition Analysers into their workplace.
They started to scan their staff at different stages of their employment; from pre-employment, early employment and continuing on throughout the total duration of their time with the company.
The scanning covered a vast array of people – all different ages, genders, ethnicity and activity levels.
What they found
With regular scanning, they found a consistent trend that over time, the body composition of their drivers changed unfavourably. Some of the key markers that they followed were Skeletal Muscle Mass and Visceral Fat.
If Skeletal Muscle Mass went down and Visceral Fat went up, intervention would ideally be implemented.
Having the ability to precisely identify the change gave them the ability to provide appropriate advice from health care professionals, to allow their drivers to exercise more and change their dietary habits.
This ultimately created a blueprint, whereby they could reduce the impact of their employee’s job role causing a downturn in their overall health.
How it helped
TRUCK DRIVER FACTS
- Professional truck drivers have a 7% higher chance of developing depression than other Australians
- Drivers with moderate depression are twice as likely to have an accident while driving, while 27% of drivers experiencing severe depression are six times more likely to have an accident
- Between 2008–09 and 2014–15, truck drivers had one of the highest rates of workers’ compensation claims of the circulatory system (for example stroke, coronary artery disease, hypertension and heart failure).
Given the nature of the job, they took necessary steps to minimise the risks to their employees and maximise their health with ongoing monitoring. They certainly didn’t want a condition where many years later they were sued or litigated against with the argumentative point being that the job had a negative impact on health and caused a serious health condition.
The test is quick and simple so there was no interruption to their employees normal duties, yet they were able to precisely measure those markers and provide feedback to the drivers.
With this information, the drivers saw the necessity to make change and were given the tools to do so and it worked extremely well.
It was a due diligence operation of the company to look after the welfare of their employees and ensure that their health and well-being remain a priority. It has since proven to be successful and is still being implemented today.