Health risks for NSW

Latest research shows New South Wales operators have an ageing workforce

Research shows an aging workforce within the New South Wales bus industry which is a key focus for upcoming health and well being changes within the industry.

The Interact Group has released data taken from a recent survey of bus operators from one of the state’s largest operators.

The data collected indicates an older, predominantly male workforce which presents a number of health issues and risks.

The survey shows 38 per cent of those who participated are aged between 51 and 60-yearsr old, and almost one quarter of the participants do not exercise at all during the week.

The Interact Group Managing Director Nikki Brouwers says Australia has an ageing population so it is no surprise that industries such as public transport reflect this population in their workforce.

"However, to successfully achieve organisational goals and provide valuable services, all organisations need to be proactive in managing their older workforce," she says.

"To meet the unique needs of an ageing workforce Employers need to build specific skills with their supervisors to enable early identification and intervention.

"This will contribute to maintaining productivity, reducing sick leave and presenteeism and assist to support an ageing workforce to fully participate in their roles."

Highlighted by the research was the need for organisations to implement programs and provide support to employees to ensure that exercising and healthy eating choices become a daily part of their routine – both at home and at work.

In addition, the research found a high proportion of health issues are evident which may impact on the workers ability to safely perform their duties, but also may be a consequence of an older workforce.

"What the research has shown us is that the bus industry is proactive with understanding the health and wellbeing concerns within the industry and proactively implementing the appropriate steps and measures necessary to both manage and prevent workplace issues from arising," says  Brouwers.

The results of the research will be the topic of discussion at the upcoming Interact Bus Leadership Forum being held in Brisbane this month.

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