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first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article NewsOn 1 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today This month’s newsBuildings risk index BRE has put together a risk index for health and safety in buildings. Compiledfrom an extensive inspection of buildings, it ranks radon, cold homes, stairs,house dust mites, fire and security as some of the highest priorityhazards.  Copies available, priced £35,from CRC Customer Services tel 020-7505 6622, fax 020-7505 6606 Counselling helpline St John’s Ambulance has launched a telephone counselling service for itsmembers, which provides free support and advice 365 days a year through themental health charity Sane. Research shows that around 30 per cent of emergencyservice workers experience serious psychological problems following exposure totraumatic events.  www.sja.org.ukDataflow research The Government’s Performance and Innovation Unit is looking at privacy anddata-sharing issues, with the aim of publishing a report by spring next year.The project will analyse a broad range of issues, including current government,private sector and international practices; structural and technologicalissues, public concerns and the current legal parameters.  www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/innovationFairground deaths The HSE is carrying out a review of safety on fairground and amusement parkrides following five deaths to members of the public over the summer period. Thereview should be completed by spring 2001. For information contact reviewmanager Paul Roberts, HSE, Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9HS. [email protected] acetylene Two new safety leaflets covering fire and explosion hazards for workersusing oil tanks, petrol drums and similar containers and for workers usingacetylene have been published by the HSE. The leaflets provide information onhazards and risks reduction. Hot Work on Small Tanks and Drums, and Take Carewith Acetylene are available free from HSE Books.  Tel 01787 881165, or see www.hsebooks.co.ukOH Norwegian style Elfrid Bruaset of the Norwegian Nurses Association gave a presentation ofThe Good Occupational Health Service Project which is attempting to improve thequality of OH services by evaluating the communication process between theoccupational health service and its customers. It concluded that the serviceneeded to be more customer-focused and that it needed to focus on quality. Audit as a tool Margaret Mercer, senior occupational health nursing adviser at Unilever talkedabout audit as an essential tool for assuring and improving the quality of theoccupational health service. Audit is a systematic critical analysis of thequality of the services provided within an OH department. It is not a processundertaken in isolation, but an essential part of a quality management system.Following an audit, strengths and weakness of practice can be identified, thusenabling commendations for improvement to be agreed and implemented. It is apowerful tool to enhance your practice and your reputation in the organisationshe concluded. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

… in brief

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. … in briefOn 10 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article This week’s news in briefChecks lead to biasEmployers who checkCVs with the Criminal Records Bureau could end up discriminating against peoplewho have committed minor misdemeanours, claims prisoner resettlement charityNacro. From this summer, a wider range of organisations can run criminal checksat a charge of £12 each.The fourth Employers’Law briefing, in association with Rowe & Maw, takes place on 9 May at theBritish Library in London. Graduates opt for FOThe Foreign Office hasreplaced the BBC as graduates’ top choice of employer. The Virgin Group wasrunner-up for the third year in a row, according to the Universum Graduatesurvey. The BBC dropped to fifth.    www.universumglobal.comUni leavers find jobsNearly 70 per cent oflast year’s UK-based graduates are in full-time employment according to areport.The report, by theHigher Education Funding Council, claims that only 6 per cent of students thatgraduated in 2000 are unemployed.   www.hefce.ac.ukAid agency ‘racism’The first audit of HRpractice in aid agencies, called Ahead of the Field,  has shown that local recruits suffer institutional racism. Staffrecruited from the charity’s own country are favoured when it comes totraining, salaries, job opportunities and the use of appraisal systems.   www.peopleinaid.orgSkills gap rises againNearly two-thirds ofBritish firms are experiencing skills shortages, according to a report. TheReed Skills Index claims that this is the third consecutive year-on-yearincrease. The survey, of 1,500 organisations, revealed that 60 per cent ofcompanies are finding it difficult to recruit qualified and experiencedstaff.   www.reed.co.uk Comments are closed. last_img read more

United sign Herrera

first_imgManchester United have signed Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera after meeting the buy-out clause in his Athletic Bilbao contract. Press Association “I have joined United to do all I can to help the team reach the club’s objectives. Having arrived on Tuesday I’m excited to now be living in Manchester and I can’t wait for my first game in United’s famous red shirt.” Herrera is the club’s first major signing since Louis van Gaal was confirmed as manager. He has penned a four-year contract, with United holding an option to extend his stay for a further year. The Red Devils attempted to sign the talented playmaker last summer but failed to complete the deal on deadline day, with reports suggesting the transfer had been interfered with by pranksters pretending to act on the club’s behalf. Then-manager David Moyes instead bought Marouane Fellaini, who endured a disappointing debut campaign and failed to solve the team’s long-term problems in central midfield. Herrera, who scored 11 goals in 128 appearances for Bilbao, will be charged with bringing added control to United’s midfield, where he will compete for a place with the likes of Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Fellaini. “Ander is a fantastic young player, with great energy and creativity,” assistant manager Ryan Giggs said. “We believe him to be one of the brightest young prospects in Spain and I am certain he will be a big hit with the United fans. “I’m delighted he has made the decision to come to Manchester and play his part in the club’s future. I’m looking forward to seeing him in action on our summer tour to America.” Herrera is yet to play for Spain’s senior team but has been capped at Under-20, Under-21 and Under-23 level. center_img United had a bid of £28.85million for the 24-year-old rejected earlier on Thursday but an improved, though undisclosed, offer was enough to secure his signature. Herrera said: “Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true. I have played at Old Trafford for Athletic Club in the Europa League and it was one of the highlights of my career so far. last_img read more