Department of Health

Healthy Workers Initiative

Electricity Gas and Water Supply

The Electricity, Gas and Water supply industry generally refers to those engaged in the provision of electricity; gas through mains systems; water; drainage; and sewage services.

Some things to consider when thinking about supporting and promoting healthy living activities in this industry include:

  • While work in this sector is often physically demanding, there are many jobs that can involve large amounts of sedentary work, for example desk-based jobs.

Case Studies:

Sydney Water

The data below provides information on the health risks of people working in this industry compared to the entire working population with a focus on smoking, physical inactivity, weight, nutrition and harmful alcohol consumption.

Prevalence of modifiable lifestyle risk factors

Analysis of all Persons aged 18 or more Current Smoker Inadequate Fruit & Veg intake Physical Inactivity BMI - Measured BMI - Measured Waist Circumference Waist Circumference Alcohol Increased Lifetime Risk
Overweight OR obese Obese Increased OR high risk High Risk
NATIONAL
22%
49%
71%
59%
23%
55%
31%
24%
Utilities
17%
45%
69%
73%
19%
62%
29%
17%

NOTE: Highlighted items are significantly different from the national average