As part of our commitment to helping our employees lead a healthy lifestyle, our annual health week is a chance to focus on their health and safety goals
As part of our commitment to helping our employees lead a healthy lifestyle, our annual health awareness programme is a chance for everyone to focus on health and wellbeing.
Launched in 2010 as Health Week, the Health Awareness Programme has become an important annual event for ArcelorMittal. While workplace health and safety is always our highest priority, we also believe in supporting staff in their efforts to live healthier lifestyles.
Every site and office across the company dedicates a week between September and November each year to health awareness activities, most of which are organised in line with the year’s chosen themes. In 2012, we focussed on physical activity, stress and nutrition.
More than 112,000 employees took part across the ArcelorMittal world. And this is not including the friends, families and communities that also joined in.
Health awareness across the ArcelorMittal world
Our Mexico operations had a phenomenal turnout for the ArcelorMittal Global Race they hosted on October 14, 2012. More than 2,400 employees and their families ran or walked through the city of Lázaro Cárdenas and on to our Las Truchas mine. Their Health Awareness Programme week was a big success, with 10,500 people participating in the planned activities.
Many sites also took the chance to get creative with the physical activity theme – ArcelorMittal South Africa’s ‘Site to Site Relay’ took place between Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark Works, where colleagues each ran 5km and passed on a scrolled copy of the ‘ArcelorMittal health awareness pledge’.
In London, our corporate office celebrated London 2012 and ArcelorMittal’s sponsorship of the Olympic Games by organising a mini-Olympics and Paralympics which included Paralympic-themed games. And ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, Indiana, USA, officially opened its onsite employee fitness trails at the start or their Health Awareness Programme week, also announcing their environmental restoration plans for the surrounding forests and wetlands at a special dedication ceremony.
In Kazakhstan, hundreds of employees’ children got involved in inter-family sports tournaments while employees also took part in pre-shift physical exercises.
Bosnian colleagues at ArcelorMittal Zenica organised mountain hiking – a tradition in the country. A group of 234 workers and their families took part in one of the biggest hiking expeditions in Bosnia and Herzegovina to date.
Employees across the group were offered medical examinations focussed on nutrition, such as body mass index tests and assessments of eating habits and diets. Sites and facilities also organised lectures on how to eat adequately when working shifts.
In the Czech Republic, ArcelorMittal Ostrava promoted good nutrition by offering workers a 50% discount on the prices of vegetables and salads, while in Luxembourg employees learnt how to grow an organic mini-garden.
Activities offered around stress management differed from one country to another. Some sites chose to treat the subject by presenting plays depicting stressful situations and how to cope with them. For those employees who wished to speak to someone about how to manage stress, therapists were available by appointment. Other sites including ArcelorMittal Sistemas in Brazil offered de-stressing activities such as yoga or massage.
While the next major health and safety related event on ArcelorMittal’s calendar is our Health and Safety Day in April 2013, the plans for the Health Awareness Programme in 2013 are set to be even bigger and better than this year’s.