ECIS health assessment on electricians raises concerns

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The gap between electricians' physical and mental health has been revealed by ECIS.

The health assessments discovered that the workers struggle to focus on exercise, diet, and alcohol consumption through associated blood pressure and cardiac risks due to their busy work schedule.

The results show 24% of electricians are at risk due to regular alcohol consumption and ‘high risk' drinking. This is a greater risk than in the rest of the construction sector at 6%.

Inactivity was also a concern, only 20% of electricians achieved the healthy weekly exercise rate.

Furthermore, electricians displayed a higher body mass index than the sector average.

Their fasting blood glucose levels also creates concern, with worse than average results for the sector.

Finally, blood pressure readings were higher than predicted.

Lifestyle factors such as Body Mass Index, lack of exercise and alcohol will be contributors to the overall picture.

ECIS oversees the Joint Industry Board (JIB) scheme for its members and employees, a scheme to promote health and wellbeing benefits.

Vicki Leslie, business development executive at ECIS said: "Although these findings are worrying it is hugely positive that so many electricians took up the opportunity to have a health assessment as part of their membership of the JIB, during 2014.

"We must also take heart from the fact that the mental well-being of electrician looks to be better than others working in the buildings sector.

"With the feedback received the electricians who had health assessments last year will now be in a position to make positive changes to their lifestyles to put them on the right track for a healthier and hopefully longer life.

"Also by detecting more serious health problems as early as possible, corrective action can be taken before they have a chance to develop further".

"There is also an onus on employers and contractors to promote healthier habits amongst their workers, perhaps focusing on alcohol awareness and incentives such as discounted gym membership."

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