Related posts:No related photos. Ease of administration is rightly a prime concern for employers when introducing childcare voucher schemes (‘Friend of the family’, Personnel Today, 17 June). But that is not to say, as the article implies, that the employer should choose a voucher supplier. The best supplier will be the employer itself, paying the carer at the same time as it pays the employee. To run a scheme in-house requires no more effort than involvement with a voucher provider – and there is no need to give up a large part of the saving in national insurance. Anthony Rentoul, posted on Personneltoday.com Bring childcare voucher schemes back in-houseOn 30 Jun 2008 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.
Occupational health research round-up: May 2019By Sarah Silcox on 3 May 2019 in OH service delivery, Research, Return to work and rehabilitation, Occupational Health, Personnel Today Risk of hospital readmission high among discharged Covid-19 patientsPeople discharged from hospital following Covid-19 face a high risk of readmission and multiple organ dysfunction, according to research.Almost… Related posts: Mark Thomas/REX/Shutterstock Short breaks between nurses’ shifts linked to workplace accidentsBeing provided with only a short break, defined as less than 11 hours, between shifts, and working night shifts regardless of the length of break, are both associated with a higher risk of work-related accidents, according to this study of nurses. A quick return to work after a shift break is associated with nurses causing harm to themselves, patients and equipment, whilst night shifts are associated with nurses involuntarily dozing off at work or whilst travelling to and from work. The study is based on data from 1,784 nurses in Norway.Vedaa A et al. “Short rest between shifts (quick returns) and night work is associated with work-related accidents”, International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, published online 16 March 2019.Reducing workplace stress…naturallyExposure to the outdoors and nature at work could be an effective weapon in the stress reduction armoury, according to this interdisciplinary study of urban workers in the USA. Exposure to nature has been demonstrated to have beneficial, restorative effects on the human body and cognition. This study explores the relationship between exposure to nature at work and workplace strain outcomes, demonstrating significant relationships between the former and lower levels of burnout, job dissatisfaction and depressive symptoms.Thompson A and Bruk-Lee V. “Naturally! Examining nature’s role in workplace strain reduction”, Occupational Health Science, published online 5 March 2019.Team behaviour and stress appraisalHow individuals evaluate and cope with workplace stress – stress appraisal – is impacted by group or team factors in additional to individual ones, according to this study of 43 work teams. It concludes that the ability of a team to prevent problems moderates how individuals perceive the stress associated with these problem-solving demands. The authors conclude that there is scope for “stress management interventions to utilise team-level strategies such as leadership development programmes and/or team building initiatives.”Espedido A et al. “Peers, proactivity and problem-solving: a multilevel study of team impacts on stress appraisals of problem-solving demands”, Work & Stress, published online 7 March 2019.Forceful handgrip exposure and RNE surgeryOccupational exposure to forceful handgrip work and hand-arm vibration increases the risk of radial nerve entrapment (RNE) surgery, according to this longitudinal study of Swedish construction workers. The total incidence rate for surgically treated RNE over the 13-year observation period was 3.53 cases per 100,000 person years; those whose jobs required them to use elevated hand-grip force, and those exposed to hand-harm vibration, were at particular risk of this type of surgery.Jackson J A et al. “Occupational biomechanical risk factors for radial nerve entrapment in a 13-year prospective study among male construction workers”, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, published online 8 March 2019.Personal and social factors in rehabilitationA range of personal and social factors have a positive and negative influence on sustainable return-to-work, according to this systematic literature of 79 studies. Factors with the most consistent evidence for a sustainable return following either mental ill health or a musculoskeletal disorder are: support from line managers, supervisors and co-workers, a positive attitude from the individual employee, self-efficacy, youth and a high education level. In particular, the interaction between these factors appears to have a positive impact on rehabilitation outcomes, although the authors call for further research into the role of job crafting, economic status/income, length of absence and job security.Etuknwa A and Eib K D C. “Sustainable return to work: a systematic review focusing on personal and social factors”, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, published online 15 February 2019.Emotion-regulation and stress perceptionSoldiers in the early stages of their career who have a more developed sense of emotion-regulation report lower levels of stress, according to this study of 492 German soldiers. This group has a tendency to use more effective emotion-regulation strategies, such as reappraisal, the study finds. However, it also finds that emotion-regulation is not a significant predictor of perceived stress for soldiers later in their careers.Schall M and Schutz A. “Emotion-regulation knowledge predicts perceived stress early but not later in soldiers’ careers”, Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, published online 12 March 2019.Balancing work, family and self: the Health-Life AgreementIn recent years, the concept of a Health-Life Agreement (HLA) has been developed as a means of measuring the extent to which an individual balances work, family and self without experiencing negative emotions. This study seeks to develop a scale to measure the construct of an effective HLA, producing four basic categories of life satisfaction: harmonious, carefree, exhausted and non-harmonious. The authors find that harmonious people score highest in positive outcomes such as health-promoting lifestyle behaviours and life satisfaction, whilst those in the non-harmonious group score highest in outcomes such as intention to leave work and aggression in relationships.Gulseren D B and Aycan Z. “Health-life agreement: conceptualization of a new construct and measurement”, Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, published online 5 March 2019.Returning to work after brain injuryEmployers and occupational health practitioners need to address personal and activity-related issues in addition to the medical details of a worker’s case when developing rehabilitation plans for those with acquired brain injuries, according to this Swedish study. For example, personal risk markers for not returning to work after such an injury include being a woman, having a low education level and not having children in the household. Activity-related risk factors include a low ability to look after oneself, an inability to perform usual daily tasks following injury and not possessing a driver’s licence.Materne M et al. “Risk markers for not returning to work among patients with acquired brain injury: a population-based register study”, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, published online 4 March 2019.Weekend working and depressive symptomsMen and women who work most, or all, weekends, report a higher number of symptoms of depression, according to this longitudinal study of UK workers. Working only some weekends (compared to no weekends) is related to the reporting of more depressive symptoms amongst men, but not women. Conversely, women who work more than 55 hours a week report more depressive symptoms than those working 35-40 hour week, but no such pattern is observed for men.Weston G et al. “Long work hours, weekend working and depressive symptoms in men and women: findings from a UK population-based study”, Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, published online 15 March 2019.OH job opportunities on Personnel TodayBrowse more OH jobs No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Previous Article Next Article Occupational Health & Wellbeing research round-up: December 2020Fatigue and workplace exercise programmesWork-related fatigue is related to a range of negative consequences, including poor productivity. 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Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink From left: Robert Zangrillo, Geoff Palmer, Tom Barrack and President Donald Trump (Getty, iStock)Donald Trump’s White House claimed developer Geoff Palmer lobbied the former president to pardon Miami developer Robert Zangrillo, whom federal prosecutors had charged in the college admissions scandal.The Trump administration said the pardon was also supported by Colony Capital chairman Tom Barrack, but Barrack denied that, according to the Los Angeles Times. Trump granted the pardon in his final hours as president.Palmer is an active political donor and a longtime supporter of Trump. As of October, his company had donated $6.4 million to candidates, committees, and superPACs affiliated with Trump and the Republican Party.Prosecutors allege that Zangrillo paid associates of Rick Singer, the alleged mastermind of the admissions scheme, to finish his daughter’s high school and community college classes.ADVERTISEMENTThey alleged he then paid Singer $250,000 to get her into the University of Southern California as a recruit of the crew coach.A spokesperson for Barrack said he “had nothing whatsoever to do” with the pardon. Barrack is an alumnus and university trustee of USC.Another source told the Times that Zangrillo tried to meet with Barrack for help with the case, but was rebuffed.A spokesperson for the school declined the comment on the pardon. Some at the school were outraged that Barrack’s name came up in relation to the scandal.“I hope it’s true that a USC trustee, with a fiduciary duty to the university, played no role in securing a pardon for a wrongdoer whose actions have done so much harm to USC’s reputation,” said Ariela Gross, a law professor who chairs Concerned Faculty of USC. [LAT] — Dennis Lynch Share via Shortlink Tagscolony capitalDonald TrumpGeoff PalmerGeoffrey Palmerthomas barracktom barrack
The Antarctic fur seal Arctocephalus gazella is a polygynous Otarid in which a single pup is produced annually by cows over the age of 2 years. Following exploitation to the verge of extinction, a small breeding colony was discovered at Bird Island, South Georgia, in the 1930s. Up to 10000 pups a year were produced in the early 1960s and by 1975 the figure had reached an estimated 90000. The rapid population increase has resulted in the colonization of extensive breeding areas on the adjacent mainland of South Georgia with incipient colonies springing up on more distant parts of the island, and also in the South Sandwich, South Orkney and South Shetland Islands. Age determinations from the teeth of 195 breeding cows reveal a low mean age, early first breeding and a predominance of the younger age groups relative to the age structure of a stable population of northern fur seals Callorhinus ursinus. Annual adult cow survival is estimated at 89.8%, while that of first-year animals is about 64.5%. A decline in the rate of population increase is forecast within ten years and an outline for investigating the most likely factors influencing such a change is suggested.
Sudden loss of tropospheric ozone well above the boundary layer was observed on three occasions at two coastal sites in Antarctica in spring 1995. Back trajectories show that the air sampled the boundary layer near the northern edge of the sea ice (1000 km from the coast) between 3 and 5 days previously. Enhanced BrO observed over sea ice in spring suggests that such ozone loss is common offshore, hence it may cause a small climate effect whose sign would create positive feedback, if sea ice reduced during warming.
Protoperidiniacean dinoflagellate cysts have been recovered from Upper Miocene sediments of Hole 1095, ODP Leg 178, drilled to the west of the Antarctic Peninsula. These cysts make up virtually the entire dinoflagellate cyst assemblages, and three new species are formally described herein as Selenopemphix bothrion sp. nov., Selenopemphix kepion sp. nov. and Selenopemphix minys sp. nov., together with one informal taxon and two species attributed to published taxa. The occurrence of Late Miocene protoperidiniacean-dominated assemblages in the vicinity of the Antarctic continent is of special interest. Their presence may indicate the initiation of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and increased nutrient supply within the Southern Ocean as the Antarctic Divergence became established. A comparison with several other protoperidiniacean dinoflagellate assemblages of similar age in other parts of the world rovides some preliminary evidence for possible concomitant oceanographic change at this time.
Predicting the future of our Earth and its climate requires models that contain good representations of the key processes that might take place. Our only way to determine what these processes are, and to test the models, is tolook at the past. Numerous “palaeo” [Gk palaios ‘ancient’]archives exist, ranging from tree rings to marine sediments, but ice cores have played a crucial role in helping us to understand how the Earth works. For example, Greenland ice cores have shown us that extremely rapid climate changes centred in the North Atlantic region arepossible, and that natural changes in concentrations ofgreenhouse gases and in climate have been closely linked in the past. Most of what is measured on ice cores is really chemistry. In this article, based on his 2007 ECG DGL, Dr Eric Wolff from the British Antarctic Survey, describes how ice cores work, and summarises some of the keyfindings that have emerged from measuring their chemistry.
Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events: INTERLEAGUE Final Colorado 4 Seattle 3 Final Oakland 6 San Francisco 2 Final L-A Dodgers 5 L-A Angels 3 AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Baltimore 6 Texas 5 Final Boston 5 Toronto 2 Final Cleveland 5 N-Y Yankees 2 Final Detroit 6 Houston 3 Final Minnesota 11 Tampa Bay 7, 10 Innings Final Chi White Sox 10 Kansas City 1 NATIONAL LEAGUE Final Washington 6 N-Y Mets 1 Final Miami 10 Philadelphia 5 Final Atlanta 5 Arizona 1 Final Pittsburgh 7 Milwaukee 6, 10 Innings Final St. Louis 6 Cincinnati 4 Final Chi Cubs 7 San Diego 4Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund July 16, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 7/15/18
Ridley has spent the last three years with the program as an assistant coach. While with the Cougars, he amassed 58 grabs for 659 yards and three scores. Written by Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Tuesday, Weber State football announced the promotion of Skyler Ridley as a new assistant with the program. Head coach Jay Hill confirmed Ridley will coach the Wildcats’ tight ends. Ridley commenced his coaching career at Bountiful High School, coaching the Braves’ receivers and defensive backs in 2014 and 2015. March 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football Names Skyler Ridley As New Assistant Coach In this capacity, he has served as an offensive coach for the Wildcats, overseeing various positions. He earned a degree in psychology from BYU in 2014 as well as a Master’s in Professional Communication at Weber State in December 2017. Tags: Bountiful High School/Jay Hill/Professional Communication/Skyler Ridley/Weber State Football Ridley, a native of Murrieta, Calif., played at BYU from 2010-2013 as a receiver.
Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLAMERICAN LEAGUEToronto 11, Kansas City 4Tampa Bay 6, Baltimore 3LA Angels at Texas, postponedNATIONAL LEAGUEPittsburgh 18, Chi Cubs 5Milwaukee 8, Cincinnati 6San Francisco 13, San Diego 2Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by July 2, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 7/1/19