The World Hypertension Day (WHD) was first inaugurated in May 2005 and has become an annual event ever since. The purpose of the WHD is to promote public awareness of hypertension and to encourage people of all countries to prevent and control this silent killer, the modern epidemic.
As part of our health surveillance program, we at David Barber (OH) Limited carry out blood pressure reading as part as our general health questionnaire.
We ask the patient first if they are on blood pressure tablets. Once we have a reading, we double check the blood pressure reading chart that we keep on our desk and show the person where they are on the chart. We find that by having a visual chart or picture to reference it is easier for the person to understand what their blood pressure reading means and the severity of the situation. If the reading is high, we take their blood pressure 3 times to get an average result. With anyone who has an unusually high blood pressure, we always strongly advise them to visit their GP or go to the nearest Walk in Centre – while we work to ensure workplace health and wellbeing, it’s important that clients follow-up on these findings and protect their personal wellbeing. There are also restrictions put into place if the reading is high – no more forklift truck driving, no working at heights and not working in confined spaces, to name just a few.
If the reading indicates that the person has pre-high blood pressure, it will be a case of promoting health and wellbeing. Do they smoke? Could they cut down? Do they drink large quantities of alcohol? Do they exercise etc.?
Hypertension is a serious condition that is caused by a number of lifestyle and health factors; prevention is key, and a health questionnaire by DB Occupational Health can be the first step to protecting your workforce from high-blood pressure. Contact us and see how we can help keep your workforce healthy, happy and at work!
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