Garden House / Vécsey Schmidt Architekten

first_img Photographs ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeVécsey Schmidt ArchitektenOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBuggingenHousesGermanyPublished on March 12, 2015Cite: “Garden House / Vécsey Schmidt Architekten” 12 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – FocusGlass3MInterior Finishes at U.S. Bank StadiumPartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlFiber Cement Cladding Panels in B66 Business CenterMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsSculptformClick-on Battens in WestConnex M8 JunctionPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesBruagBack-Ventilated Facades – CELLONTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea CosmosGlassDip-TechCeramic Printing for Public TransportationAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Porcelain StonewareApavisaSlabs – Wild ForestBulbs / SpotsAmbiance LumiereLighting – ZetaMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Houses Garden House / Vécsey Schmidt ArchitektenSave this projectSaveGarden House / Vécsey Schmidt Architekten CopyHouses•Buggingen, Germany 2013 Garden House / Vécsey Schmidt Architekten ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/608020/garden-house-vecsey-schmidt-architekten Clipboard Germanycenter_img Year:  2013 Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/608020/garden-house-vecsey-schmidt-architekten Clipboard Save this picture!© Doris Lasch+ 16 Share photographs:  Doris LaschPhotographs:  Doris LaschSave this picture!© Doris LaschRecommended ProductsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesSide tablesBoConceptLos Angeles Lounge Table 6260Panels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsFretwork Facade PanelText description provided by the architects. Till the 1970 a huge barn could be found at the place where the structural work of the garden house was erected.  The boundary wall merges with the wall of the garden house. On top of the wall a cornice fulfils the transition between wall and steep roof. The ornament of the cornice can also be found at the covering of the two gables.Save this picture!© Doris LaschThe simple looking floor plan and the distinct shape put the garden house into an archetypical appearance.Minimal interventions inside the building offer the possibility to use the garden house all-the-year.Save this picture!Section Each corner of the space is occupied by one function. The double swing doors can be fixed in three different positions in order to generate three different spaces: the space reaching through the whole building, the central space with niches next to the windows, the central space with a main view through the front doors. Two big gates in the attic allow to open the gable keeping the airy character of the structural work.Save this picture!© Doris LaschProject gallerySee allShow lessRome: ‘Pilgrimage Site For The World’s Imagination’VideosKHVatec Headquarter / _SYSTEM LABSelected Projects Share Projects Architects: Vécsey Schmidt Architekten Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY”last_img read more

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The Co-op asks its members to vote for its charity of the year

first_imgThe Co-op asks its members to vote for its charity of the year  33 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: charity of the year corporate Howard Lake | 5 October 2012 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Voting closes on 8 October 2012 and members can vote by phone or online.www.co-operative.coop/charityoftheyear The Co-operative is asking its members to vote for its charity of the year 2013. Last year it raised £7.2 million for its Charity of the Year 2011 partners Mencap and sister charity ENABLE Scotland.This year the choice is between disability charity Scope, together with its partner charities Capability Scotland and Cedar in Northern Ireland; and Carers Trust. Both were shortlisted because they each fulfil the Charity of the Year 2013 theme of Inspiring Young People to help alleviate poverty through self-help.The Co-operative is inviting its members to read the charities’ appeal statements before they cast their vote. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Another reason to tear down the walls: Ohio jail 100% COVID-positive

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Cleveland, OhioIn a recent report, the Ohio Immigrant Alliance stated that the Morrow County  Correctional Facility in Mt. Gilead is the first county jail in the state to be 100 percent COVID-positive. The jail, holding local prisoners as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees, is also the first 100 percent COVID-positive ICE detention center in the U.S.Outside Cuyahoga County jail, Cleveland, May 29.The Alliance accuses jail authorities of failing to follow their own protocols as well as ICE standards.According to the Alliance report, “None of the inmates and detainees at Morrow County have been seen by a doctor in the facility, despite their COVID diagnoses. Nursing staff are not present at the jail overnight or on the weekends, and even when they are there, they often decline to provide health care, including Tylenol. Jail staff have repeatedly refused to call an ambulance for detainees in serious distress. What’s more, there are no interpreters available to translate detainee medical conversations, calling into question how jail staff are even making such life-or-death decisions in the first place.” (TiffinOhio.net, June 8)While jail officials claim the COVID infection rate is less than 100 percent, Alliance members argue that all the prisoners are symptomatic and the tests are not being administered properly.Migrant rights activists and prison abolitionists in Ohio have united to demand the jail be closed and all the prisoners set free. They have become a presence at various meetings of Morrow County political officials where they present damning testimony. This pressure may be why the jail has released a number of ICE detainees and is not accepting more at this time.However, a majority of the migrants let out of Morrow County jail have been either deported or moved to other ICE facilities, where conditions are still deplorable and COVID is spreading rapidly. The few returned to their families and communities were represented in a lawsuit filed by the Ohio branch of the American Civil Liberties Union.The county prisoners have not been convicted of any crime and are mostly in jail accused of minor offenses, yet all are in danger of dying from the virus. A disproportionate number are men of color, while Morrow County is almost 98 percent white.Prisons are deathtrapsMost prisons in the country have an extremely high rate of COVID infection. In Ohio alone, 86 prisoners have reportedly died of COVID.The Cuyahoga County Jail in Cleveland drew national attention when it released 900 prisoners, greatly relieving notorious overcrowding. However, all but 200 of them were not freed. They were sent to state prisons, which have some of the highest infection rates in the country. Prisoners, who make up 0.4% of Ohio’s population, suffer 17 percent of the state’s COVID cases.Those who have been released are required to wear ankle bracelets — and then are charged $56 per week for them! Companies which manufacture these home imprisonment devices have very lucrative contracts with Cuyahoga County.The wearers are being punished for crimes they have not even been convicted of, making a mockery of the “presumption of innocence.” The same is true for those transferred to state penitentiaries, which are only intended for prisoners already convicted of crimes.Every prisoner in the country is facing a possible death sentence via COVID, regardless of their alleged “crime.” More prisoners in the U.S. have died of COVID this year than from state executions over the past 10 years. (deathpenaltyinfo.org, themarshallproject.org)The movement is growing to “Free them all! Tear down the walls!”last_img read more

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Indiana Wheat Yields Forecast Higher

first_img Indiana Wheat Yields Forecast Higher Indiana wheat growers expect a higher wheat yield than last year. Favorable fall planting conditions and a mild winter kept the crop in good condition, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Indiana wheat growers expect to harvest 320,000 acres, up 60,000 acres from last year. Wheat production in the State is expected to be 23.4 million bushels. The yield forecast of 73 bushels would be 5 bushels above the previous year.U.S. winter wheat production is forecast at 1.43 billion bushels, up 4 percent from 2015. As of May 1, the United States yield is forecast at 47.8 bushels per acre, up 5.3 bushels from last year. If realized, this will equal the record yield set in 1999. SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – May 10, 2016 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Wheat Yields Forecast Higher Facebook Twitter Previous articlePoll Finds Overwhelming Support for Crop InsuranceNext articleGMO Push in Senate Appears Stalled Gary Truittlast_img read more

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Pasadena Community Church: Praise Team

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Subscribe 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it PCC is creating a new “praise choir” at Pasadena Community Church for this coming Fall 2012. This vocal ensemble of 30 – 40 singers would work each week along with the Direct Connection Praise Team (DCPT) to lead worship. They along with the DCPT, will also present an anthem once a month.In addition to these opportunities, PCC will also work together to present Christmas and Easter music that presents a living Savior in Jesus Christ. No prior vocal experience in required; just a willingness to learn. Please feel free to Scott Browning should you have any questions.For more info, email Scott Browning at [email protected] or [email protected] Community Church, 500 South Pasadena Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 796-1050 or visit www.pasadenacommunitychurch.org. HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Instagram Girls Women Obsess OverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Religious Music Pasadena Community Church: Praise Team Published on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 | 9:10 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

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‘Miracle’ boy found alive 13 hours after falling down drainage pipe in Los Angeles: Fire official

first_imgLAFD(LOS ANGELES) — A 13-year-old boy was found alive this morning after falling through a wooden plank on Sunday and being washed away into a network of drainage pipes in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.Jesse Hernandez, who was scared, cold and hungry when he was found, is “alert and talking,” the fire department said.Jesse was rescued early this morning after being trapped in the pipe system overnight.The accident happened at about 4:30 p.m. local time on Sunday when the boy fell about 25 feet into a sewer pipe, the fire department said.Jesse’s family was picnicking nearby as part of its annual Easter tradition before the boy went missing, fire department official said. The fire department told ABC station KABC in Los Angeles that Jesse and his friends had climbed over a chain-link fence near Griffith Park and entered an abandoned maintenance shed. Jesse then fell after a wooden plank he was standing on gave way.The pipes, which run parallel the Los Angeles River and cross under freeways, are 4 feet in diameter, the fire department said. The pipes are filled with 2 feet or more of liquid that moves at 15 mph, the fire department said.Teams from the Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department, California Highway Patrol and experts from the Bureaus of Sanitation, Engineering and Contract Administration were among the officials who worked to analyze the 6,400-feet pipe system and conduct the search.Cameras used to inspect pipes for repair were employed as part of the rescue effort, the fire department said.The fire department, working with the Bureau of Sanitation, pinpointed the search area to a one-mile radius, and intelligence then narrowed the search down to a 6,400-foot section of pipe, LAFD Captain Erik Scott told ABC News.That’s where rescuers opened a maintenance hatch and found Jesse, who was scared, cold and hungry, Scott said. Jesse saw a glimpse of light when the sewage hatch was opening, Scott said. He commended the teen for being smart enough to stay by the light.As rescuers checked his vitals, crew members handed him a phone to call his mother, who was relieved to hear his voice, Scott said.Scott said crews were extremely concerned that Jesse wouldn’t be found safe due to the fall and the hazardous material inside the pipes. Scott said he has never seen so many men hold back their tears when they saved the teenager.Jesse was taken to a hospital to be evaluated, the fire department said.“We would like to thank the entire Hernandez family for their patience and optimism,” the department said. “From start to finish, this was an unprecedented team effort and the LAFD would like to recognize the excellent teamwork among all agencies involved.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Two soldiers killed in helicopter crash identified

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(HOPKINSVILLE, Ky.) — Two soldiers were killed in a training flight of an Apache attack helicopter at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.The soldiers, who were killed in an AH-64E Apache helicopter, were assigned to the 101st Combat Aviation “Destiny” Brigade, according to the U.S. Army. The chopper crashed in a local training area at Fort Campbell Friday night, the Army said.An Army statement on the most recent crash said, “At approximately 9:50 p.m. Friday, two soldiers of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) were killed in an AH-64E Apache helicopter crash in the local training area on Fort Campbell.”The soldiers were identified as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Connolly, 37, who was an instructor pilot in the brigade, and Warrant Officer James Casadona, 28, a pilot in the brigade.Connolly joined the Army in 2001 and had been in Fort Campbell since 2016. He had received the followings honors: two Air medals; three Army Commendation medals; an Army Achievement medal; a Meritorious Unit Commendation; an Army Superior Unit award; two Army Good Conduct medals; a National Defense Service medal; an Afghanistan Campaign medal; an Iraq Campaign medal; a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal; a Global War on Terrorism Service medal; two Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development ribbons; an Army Service ribbon; and an Overseas Service ribbon.Casadona joined the Army in 2012 and had arrived in Fort Campbell this year, according to the Army. He received the following honors: a National Defense Service medal; a Global War on Terrorism Service medal; and an Army Service ribbon.“The Destiny Brigade has suffered a great tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the deceased,” said Col. Craig Alia, commander, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, in a statement released by the Army. “This is an unfortunate event, and we are saddened by the loss of our fellow soldiers. We ask that everyone respect the privacy of the families as they grieve the loss of their loved ones.”The two deaths in the crash Friday night brings to seven the number of service members who have died just this week in three military aviation crashes in the United States. Two other aviation mishaps in the east African nation of Djibouti resulted in no casualties.The fatal mishap follows two other deadly military aviation crashes in the last five days.On Thursday, an F-16 crashed near Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, killing Major Stephen Del Bagno, a member of the Air Force’s elite Thunderbirds flight-demonstration team.Two days earlier, on Tuesday, a Marine CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed near El Centro, California, during a training flight. Four Marines died — Capt. Samuel A. Schultz, 28; First Lt. Samuel D. Phillips, 27; Gunnery Sgt. Derik R. Holley, 33; and Lance Cpl. Taylor J. Conrad, 24.Two other nonfatal aviation mishaps also occurred on Tuesday. A Marine AV-8B Harrier jet crashed on takeoff from the airport in Djibouti City. The pilot suffered no injuries after ejecting from the aircraft. Later that day, a Marine CH-53E helicopter carried out a “hard landing” at a beach near the capital city. There were no injuries.A senior military official was asked Thursday if this week’s string of crashes might be a sign of systemic problems in military aviation.“I don’t have anything … for you right now that should say those are necessarily linked,” Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, said at a Pentagon news conference. “But [we] always look at linkages. We always look at multiple causalities. We always look at that very hard.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Legal Q&A

first_imgLegal Q&AOn 28 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today ANo. With eight months’ service andthree months’ notice,  the employeewould have 11 months by termination. If notice is delayed until the employeehas completed nine months, the three months’ notice would give her protectionagainst unfair dismissal. If nonotice is given, she might include in any breach of contract claim the loss ofthe right to claim unfair dismissal that would have accrued had three months’notice been given. Unlessthere is any reason to suppose the employee’s disability might be a potentialDisability Discrimination Act protected disability, the safest thing is to givenotice immediately, assuming,  that is,that there is no contractual right for the employee to have a disciplinaryhearing or other procedure implemented before notice can be given.QWe are losing a contract and theemployees would transfer across to another employer.  However, we have vacancies in another department and theemployees want to stay with us.  Can wedo anything? QWe took on a contractor, with feespayable to his personal company. Over the years, the agreement was renewed adhoc.  We now pay holiday allowance,  sick pay and overtime above contractedworking hours, which are about equal to a normal full-time employee. He is nowtoo expensive and we want to end the contract. Are there any problems? ALeaving aside any IR35 issues,  the short answer is “yes”.  Other than earnings being paid on receipt ofan invoice from the contractor’s company, no evidence supports the contractornot being an employee. Holiday pay, sickness and overtime are associated withemployed status,  and the first two arenormally incompatible with self-employed status. The person will probably beheld to be an employee by the Inland Revenue for tax and Tribunal for unfairdismissal. However, hemay not go to the Tribunal, or risk his self-employed credentials with the IRby arguing he was an employee with you. There are obvious tax and NationalInsurance problems. It is probably safest to insist that he will be treated asan employee. The contractor may well leave unilaterally, achieving the originalobject. QAn employee with about eight months’service is not performing adequately. We were about to give three month’scontractual noticebecause previous warnings have not had any effect, but the employee was sickthe day we were due to meet.  Should wewait until she comes back? AThe Transfer Regulations operateautomatically on any employees employed in the transferred operationimmediately before the transfer. However, employees have the right to refuse totransfer, in which case they are deemed to have resigned.  If youtransferred them to the other job before the transfer, they would not becovered. If still employed in the transferring part immediately before thetransfer, it is a “nice”, but in practice irrelevant, point whose service theyresign from. In practiceif they change to the new role at the time of the transfer, you will achieveyour object.By DavidMarshland of WM Mercer’s Employment Law Consultancy Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

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On trial

first_imgOn trialOn 5 Aug 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The Health and Safety Executive has begun a six-month trial of new stressmanagement standards, prior to their introduction next year. Nic Paton gets theinside track from Innogy, one of the 24 organisations involved in the pilotUtility company Innogy was all too happy to help pilot the new draft stressmanagement standards developed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as ithas been working unilaterally on something similar for the best part of a year.The company is the name behind Npower, well-known to households around thecountry who see its name on their gas, electricity, insurance and phone bills.Originally one half of National Power, it demerged in 2000 and operates andmanages coal, oil and gas-fired power stations around the country. Claire Forty, Innogy’s senior occupational health nurse, who is leading thestress management pilot, is keen to emphasise that stress is not a particularproblem within the organisation. But ensuring people are less stressed, and somore productive and contented in their work, is a business issue that topmanagement has been happy to embrace. “We recognised the need for a risk assessment for stress some time ago,so we started to look at various methods and to pilot our own form of it. Weformally launched it in October last year, before the HSE standards came out.We are piloting the standards, but not their process,” she explains. What Innogy learns from the pilot scheme will be fed back to the HSE, aswill the lessons picked up from the other 24 organisations piloting thestandards. This information, plus feedback from the wider community, willultimately lead to the publication of the standards some time in the next 12months. Where Innogy’s process differs from the HSE’s, is that rather than using apaper questionnaire in two phases, Innogy has decided to pilot a single onlinestress management tool. So far, the process has been piloted among 500 staff and nine managers. It starts with a half-hour presentation by an OH nurse on stress awareness.This is followed by a half-day training session for the managers, which isaimed at helping them to identify when stress is manifesting itself and whatthe causes, such as home or work pressures, might be. The course also gives tips on how to conduct a stress-based risk assessment,covering areas such as appropriate interventions, what sort of reasonableadjustments managers might be expected to make, and so on. The managers go back and brief their staff, who fill in a shortinternet-based questionnaire. A minimum of 10 people must do the questionnaireat any one time to ensure there is enough of a sample to retain anonymity. “A big part of it is that people will be more willing to fill in thequestionnaire if they know they are not going to be identified,” explainsForty. “From this information we can identify areas where there may be aproblem. Managers then get together with their staff and hold focus groupdiscussions to look at what can be done together,” she says. “Once we have held the focus group discussion, the idea is that weleave it for a minimum of three months, then repeat the online tool to see ifactions taken have worked,” Forty says. As yet, the survey has just been done and results are still being analysed.But the anecdotal evidence is that simply airing the issue and looking atpossible solutions is already proving useful. “We have had very few peoplewho have not liked it, or who have found it difficult. The feedback has beenvery good,” she says. Where the HSE standards will come in particularly useful, Forty believes, isin setting a benchmark against which firms can judge how they are doing. Thestandards take as a base the estimate that around 20 per cent of employees arelikely to be very or extremely stressed at any one time. To meet the standards,at least 85 per cent of employees will need to be satisfied with the demandsput on them, the level of control they have and the support on offer. And atleast 65 per cent will need to indicate they are satisfied when it comes to howwork relationships and change are managed. “Risk assessment has been around for a long time. Everyone knows aboutit, but for stress it is very difficult. It is very hard to measure becausethere is often so little to go on,” says Forty. “These standards give HR a starting point. If it works, we’ll belooking to roll it out across the company,” she adds. www.hse.gov.ukThe innogy questionnaireInnogy’s questionnaire is dividedinto six sections, with questions linked to a scoring system, and looks at thefollowing areas:Culture The make-up of the organisation’s culture andhow it approaches work-related stressDemands What is an employee’s workload, and how much arethey exposed to physical hazards? Control How much say does a person have in the way theydo their work?Relationships What are your workplace relationshipslike, are there any issues of bullying and harassment? Role Whether the individual understands their rolewithin the organisation and whether the organisation ensures they do not haveconflicting rolesSupport What training is available and what factors areunique to the individual, what support is there from peers and line management?Key facts– Innogy employs some 12,000-14,000staff, headquartered in Swindon. It was bought last year by German utilitycompany RWE– The HR department is led by director Joerg Tiemann, andemploys 25 staff with a further 12 looking after a number of other departments.Npower has its own HR department– There are OH nurses located at all Innogy sites and powerstations around the country, and five based in Swindon. Two OH nurses areleading the stress management programme Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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In with the new

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. In with the newOn 1 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today How does the new HSC strategy fit in with preceding government strategies onhealth and safety and how will it influence workplace practices?In February this year, the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) launched itsnew strategy for workplace health and safety in Great Britain to 2010 andbeyond.1 Chairman of HSC, Bill Callaghan, says the strategy sets out what the HSC wantsto achieve through the contributions of HSE and local authorities (LAs), andconfirms the HSC’s intentions to understand and value the contribution ofothers in improving health and safety. OH departments within companies have grown as the complexities andlegislation surrounding the subject have developed and people become more awareof the intricacies of employment and the effects it can have on health. Butdoes this new document offer any hope, help or support to the OH professionalor even the hard-pressed employers? Background Many government strategies for occupational health and safety have been putforward over the past 40 years. In Tunbridge’s 1968 report on the care of hospital workers, it wasrecommended that all NHS staff should have access to OH services.2 Today, that is still not completely the case. The first document on OH, asopposed to safety, from HSC/HSE was published by EMAS in 1977.3 It suggestedthat small occupational health services run by nurses should be tested. Nothing was done after this original document to pursue this aim, and it wasalmost 20 years before OH was mentioned again, when the HSE launched its GoodHealth is Good Business (GHGB) campaign to raise awareness of OH issues in theworkplace and to improve employers’ competence in the management of healthrisks.4 The evaluation research of the campaign said that the report had led to somesignificant changes, but that the content and delivery of such campaigns neededto be improved and further research was necessary to explore why someorganisations were aware of the campaign and others were not.5 Other government departments produced documents focusing on the impact ofwork on health, such as Health of the Nation in 1993,6 later updated by achange in government to Saving Lives, Our Healthier Nation in 1999.7 This wasclosely followed by the Department for the Environment’s Revitalising Healthand Safety: Strategy Statement in 2000,8 and the HSC’s Securing HealthTogether, also in 2000.9 In 1998, the Department of Health producedOccupational Health Nursing: Contributing to Healthier Workplaces,10 and lastyear it brought out Taking a Public Health Approach in the Workplace.11 But is this all just government rhetoric or have there actually been anypositive changes in the delivery of OH services or the health of the workforceas a result of all these strategies and documents? The second biggest cause of sickness absence for longer than three days isdue to stress.12 It is arguable that the pressure of all the health &safety legislation is a contributing factor to this stress, especially forsmall and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) trying to keep up with theever-increasing and demanding legislation. Moving forward The new HSC strategy says its mission is “to work with LAs to protectpeople’s health and safety by ensuring that risks in the changing workplace areproperly controlled”, a concept that was first enshrined in the Health andSafety at Work Act 1974. While it is indisputable that the HASAW Act has played a key role inreducing accidents and fatalities at work over the past 30 years, the workplacehas changed since then. In the UK today, the majority of businesses employ fewer than 10 people,most of whom struggle with the mountain of health and safety legislation theyhave to cope with. It seems, therefore, that the HSC’s strategy is more gearedtowards large companies with professional HR, health and safety and OH departments,but the majority of small employers don’t have that sort of expertise availableto them and trust on maintaining good relations with their few employees. Only when the public may be involved with their undertakings, or insurancecompanies ask for policies and risk assessments, may health and safety rear itshead. So the new aims for both the HSC and HSE outlined in the document will bea tall order for these smaller organisations. The document says that the strategy has been developed through a process ofconsultation. However, despite the outline of the consultation process and thenumbers involved, many of the small businesses have no idea about health andsafety, let alone any new strategy or how it may relate to them. Strategy themes The strategy is divided into themes, with key points to support them: Developing closer partnerships In this section, occupational health is acknowledged as a rising challengenow that “causes of safety failure” have been brought under some sortof control. It identifies that OH offers a proactive approach to the management ofhealth risks at work. But is this sufficient, especially with a NHS gearedtowards treating the sick and injured. Such proactive occupational health iscostly and is not available on the NHS. And even if there is a cost saving tobe made in preventing sickness absence, rehabilitation programmes and gettingpeople back to work after sick leave, there may not be enough manpower to putOH into practice. Helping people benefit from effective health and safety management and asensible health and safety culture The setting up of a free, independent health and safety advice centrefocusing primarily on occupational health, promoting rehabilitation and gettingpeople back to work more quickly would be a good move, provided that it is welladvertised to small businesses. SMEs could then receive help and advice on how to deal with these matters,especially as they can’t always afford to employ a dedicated OH member ofstaff. Focusing on our core business and the right interventions where we arebest placed to reduce workplace injury and ill health. This theme reiterates what the HSE and LAs are all about and have beeninvolved with for many years. It really concerns enforcement of the ‘big boys’in significantly harmful environments, such as the chemical, nuclear andrailways industries. The inclusion of the views of stakeholders is at least apositive move forward. Communicating the vision Communication is key to realising any vision, and stating that the HSC andHSE need to do this effectively for their new strategy to work should be takenas given. This, after all, was the conclusion from the evaluation research ofthe GHGB campaign. The HSC says that its goal is not to create a risk-free society. Indeed, TheRoyal Society states that ‘risk is ubiquitous and no human activity can beconsidered risk-free’.13 Rather, the new strategy is working towards a society where risk is properlyappreciated, understood and managed, defending the system against those who areover zealous and cannot recognise the appropriate balance between risk andbenefits. If this can be achieved, then the strategy will certainly have madesome advances in this litigious age. It will be interesting to see the business plans and developments thatemerge from the HSE’s strategy, and to read the evaluation report after 2010 tosee how its results compare with the strategies of the past. References 1. A Strategy for Workplace Health and Safety in Great Britain to 2010 andBeyond, HSC (2004) 2. The Care of the Health of Hospital Staff: Report of the Joint Committeeof the Central and Scottish Health Services Council, Tunbridge (1968), London:HMSO 3. Occupational Health Services: The Way Ahead. (Prevention and Health Series),HSC (1977), London: HMSO 4. Good Health is Good Business campaign, HSE (1995) 5. Evaluation of the Good Health is Good Business Campaign, ContractResearch Report 272/2000, HSE (2000) 6. The Health of the Nation: a Strategy for Health in England, DoH (1992),London: HMSO 7. Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation, The Stationery Office, DoH (1999) 8. Revitalising Health and Safety: Strategy Statement, The StationeryOffice, DETR (2000) 9. Securing Health Together: A Long-Term Occupational Health Strategy forEngland, Scotland and Wales, HSC (2000) 10. Occupational Health Nursing; Contributing to Healthier Workplaces, DoHand the English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting(1998), London: ENB 11. Taking a Public Health Approach in the Workplace; a guide forOccupational Health Nurses, DoH (2003), London: DoH 12. www.hse.gov.uk/stress 13. Risk: Analysis, Perception and Management: Report of a Royal SocietyStudy Group, The Royal Society (1992), London: Royal Society last_img read more

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