12:24 am, Friday 20 July, 2012
A new study on the hospitality industry in Victoria revealed that accommodation and food services industry employees are smoking and drinking too much.
The Age reported that the 6000-person study, which is part of a 400,000-person series of health checks conducted by WorkSafe Victoria found one in four restaurant workers smoked far more than the average 14.4 percent across the Victorian community.
In addition, almost half of the respondents (43.3%) drink “risky levels” of alcohol.
WorkSafe is encouraging hospitality businesses to participate in the confidential health assessments offered around Victoria.
WorkHealth spokesman Wayne Kayler-Thomson said the health checks were simple starting points to help employees prioritise their health. He also encouraged restaurant owners to encourage workers to quit smoking, monitor their alcohol intake or organise exercise groups out of work. Mr Thomson said that these efforts would lead to great benefits such as reduced absenteeism, improved productivity and more people staying in the business.