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Embracing Heart Health in the Workplace

A WHS Perspective

Focusing on our heart health

As Healthy Heart Week approaches, it’s a poignant reminder for all of us, especially those in physically demanding jobs, to focus on our heart health. For small business owners, this is also an opportunity to revisit Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) practices, ensuring that they support not just the physical safety but also the cardiovascular health of their employees.

World Health Day

The Importance of Heart Health in Physical Jobs

Physical jobs, by their very nature, place additional demands on the heart. Whether it’s construction work, manual labor, or any job requiring significant physical exertion, the cardiovascular system is put to the test. While moderate physical activity is beneficial for heart health, excessive strain without proper precautions can lead to heart-related issues.

How WHS Consulting Can Help

WHS consulting services play a crucial role in bridging the gap between physical work demands and heart health. By engaging with WHS consultants, businesses can develop strategies that not only comply with safety regulations but also promote cardiovascular health. Here’s how:

  • 1. Risk Assessment: Identifying tasks that may put undue strain on the heart and implementing measures to mitigate these risks.
  • 2. Training and Education: Educating employees on the importance of heart health, recognising warning signs of heart problems, and the significance of regular medical check-ups.
  • 3. Emergency Preparedness: Ensuring that the workplace is equipped with the necessary first-aid and emergency response tools, such as Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), and that staff are trained to use them.
  • 4. Promoting a Heart-Healthy Environment: Encouraging regular breaks, providing access to heart-healthy food options, and promoting physical activities that support cardiovascular health.

The Role of WHS Consulting in Different Regions

Whether your business operates in Hunter, Newcastle, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, or Sydney, WHS consulting services can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your region. Local consultants understand the unique challenges and regulations of each area, ensuring that your heart health initiatives are both effective and compliant.


This Healthy Heart Week, let’s commit to prioritizing heart health in the workplace. By integrating heart health awareness into WHS practices, small business owners can create a safer and healthier environment for all employees. Remember, a healthy heart is not just good for the individual; it’s good for business.

Learn More

For more information on Heart Week, visit the Heart Foundation.

Heart Foundation

WHS Consulting Services

For expert assistance in implementing effective WHS training and programs, small business owners in Hunter, Newcastle, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, and Sydney can turn to WHS Consulting Hunter. Our team of experts is dedicated to helping businesses create safer workplaces while adhering to Australian WHS standards and codes of practice.

0419 847 771