Related posts:No related photos. What is the best way to assess the risks of stress?On 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today There is rising concern that stress-related long-term absence from work ison the increase. What should an occupational health nurse do when asked todevise a mental health risk assessment tool?Q Last month we asked whatreaders would do when faced with the following problem: Senior managers withinmy organisation, (a local government department) are becoming concerned by theamounts being awarded in settlement for stress-related claims, and the evidencethat stress-related long-term absence within the company is on the increase. As the occupational health adviser, I have been asked to assess the issueon behalf of the company and devise a strategy for the company to adopt. Inparticular the company have asked me to devise a mental health risk assessment tool.I am finding it difficult to write this “tool”. Can anyone help mebefore I, too, go down with stress! Winning answer I work within a large and diverse organisation and also found mental healthrisk assessment it to be a difficult and complex task. I eventually managed toproduce a workable risk assessment tool based on a simple risk managementformat which I hope you will find useful. The whole workforce will be involved so you should clearly define your aimsand objectives.at the start You should involve managers and trade unions whose support is invaluable insecuring co-operation from the workforce. It is preferable to work with someoneelse who has an interest in, and experience of, work-related stress management.Identify the hazard A hazard is anything with the potential to cause stress. Cox’s explanation(1998, Cox T) enabled me to produce my own definition of stress: “Stressis an incapacitating emotional or physical state experienced by a person whenthey are unable to cope with the demands put on them”. This clarifies thedifference between “stress” and “demands”. Demands may bechallenging, good for you, essential and necessary in a dynamic, constantlychanging and improving organisation. Conversely they may be excessive (this depends on individual’s thresholds)and lead to stress – which is never good for you. It is vitally important thatyou know what you mean when you talk about stress as this will underpin all ofyour work. Identify who might be harmed and why Using the definition, directly ask the staff what causes them stress. It isbetter to hold semi-structured group meetings as the information gained in thisway is invaluable. Put together different staff groups because the demands on each will bedifferent and staff will speak more freely in peer groups. For example, have groups of administrative staff, groups of senior managers,groups of technicians, etc. Aim to ask about 10 per cent of the workforce toget a good representative group. Choose people at random (for example out ofthe internal telephone directory) to minimise any bias. Write down comments on a flip chart. You will use this information later tocategorise the findings and assess the risk. Ensure freedom to speak andconfidentiality at all times. Each session should last up to a maximum of onehour. Cooper and Cartwright’s Stress – a research model is useful, giving sixsources of organisational stress which can be used to give discussion headingsand order to the sessions. – Intrinsic to the job – for example workload, deadlines and targets,resources – Role in the organisation – involvement in decision-making, being valuedand appreciated and son on – Relationships at work – relating to colleagues and managers, bullying/harassment etc – Career development – career structure, equal career opportunities, timegiven for and quality of training, etc – Organisational structure and climate – communication within theorganisation – between managers, between colleagues, climate, atmosphere, etc. – Home-work interface – taking work home, ability to switch off, bringingproblems to work and so on I also used another category – health, safety and welfare – to includephysical working environment/conditions, facilities for rest, physicalactivity, occupational health provision, counselling and so on. If you areinterested to see if health has been affected or not, devise an anonymoushealth questionnaire or use one as suggested in Mental Well-Being in theWorkplace (p 165) and get people to complete it at the session. With the help of human resources, carry out a sickness absence audit,looking at the number and cost to the organisation of absences related tostress/depression/anxiety, etc. (don’t worry at this stage whether it iswork-related or not). You should identify trends and areas where sicknessabsence for these reasons most commonly occurs. Evaluate the risk. Estimate the likelihood that stress will occur, given thecontrol measures in place. You should now know what the demands are which have the potential to causestress for each identified staff group – for example, too much work and notenough time to do it, bullying and harassment, lack of training/careerprogression etc. Carry out an audit of existing stress management policies and procedures inyour organisation. For example: – Is there a mental health policy? – Are there family friendly/flexible working arrangements? – Is there a bullying/harassment policy? These are the control measures – the measures introduced by the organisationwhich may reduce the risk of stress. It should now be possible to estimate the residual risk given the controlmeasures in place. Record your findings The table (above) gives: – An indication of how you may record/ present your findings – Proof that the statutory duty for risk assessment has been carried out – A basis for revision of the assessment Managers should now be able to identify their priorities for action, thatis. those hazards that are “very likely” to cause stress should bedealt with first. You may consider recommending the introduction of a model ofprimary, secondary and tertiary control measures. Primary – would include policies and procedures at an organisational levelwhich help to minimise the risk of stress, for example, human resourcepolicies, recruitment, person-job fit procedures, career developmentinitiatives. Secondary – would include implementing training for managers and supervisorsabout the causes of work-related stress, how to manage it and carry out riskassessment. Tertiary – would include the provision of reactive occupational healthfacilities, early contact and intervention for those who report being stressedor are absent because of a stress-related illness, counselling and so on. Review and revision The assessment should be reviewed as the nature of work changes (identifiedby monitoring), or if the assessment needs to be changed in any way. Regularmonitoring should be made of sickness absence figures and interventions madewhen required. Elaine Halligan, BSc(Hons) RN, OHND, NEBOSH, Cert Ed Occupational Health Nurse/Adviser Bournemouth and Poole College Bournemouth A Don’t re-invent the wheel. I amusing the pressure management indicator from Resource Systems. It’s ascientifically validated tool with high credentials – expensive though. Marie Church via email A The process for identifying job stress is the same as any other riskassessment: – Identify the hazards – Determine the risk – Introduce control measures – Review the effectiveness of the control measures. The first step to identifying job stress is to consider the job. Are thereany potential hazards applicable to this role? For example: – Shift work – Working away from home – High/low workload – Inflexible working hours or schedules – Lack of control over the working environment. These are just a very small selection of well-known hazards associated withjob stress. Good sources of information on identifying hazards include the HSE,Department of Health, trade unions and community health promotion units. Once the hazards have been identified, the next step is to determine thelevel of risk by considering whether a hazard has a negative impact on anindividual. This level of risk depends on the individual and his or her own personalvulnerabilities and they must be taken into account when completing anassessment. Personal issues may include home or health problems, lack ofassertiveness skills, severance concerns, interpersonal conflicts andharassment. If you have identified any hazards that do have a negative impact on anindividual it is then necessary to introduce control measures. It is notpossible to have all the answers; try to address issues one at a time ratherthan attempt to solve all the issues immediately. Some organisations may need to look at introducing global control measuresin order to change the culture. Other control measures may be personal to anindividual. Once again the above sources of information have documented ways ofreducing and controlling job stress. Reviewing the effectiveness of controlmeasures can be done by carrying out the risk assessment on an annual basis. It is vital that a risk assessment tool is not seen as a medical examinationof an individual’s mental health, rather it is an assessment of the potentialdifficulties, tensions or imbalances that may be experienced in a particularjob. Marianne Micklewhite RGN OHND Occupational Health Adviser, British Energy A We would be delighted tooffer you and your local authority the help required, through the deployment ofthe Pressure Profile (formerly PMI) which has been developed in conjunctionwith Dr Stephen Williams and used to great effect by Leeds City Council. This was the subject of Stressed Out, a recent Channel 4 documentary. Thepressure profile is currently being deployed by a number of government bodiesand household name companies – all of whom are keen to get on top of stress. In essence we can profile an entire workforce, giving individual employeesan individual report on how pressure is affecting their morale and health,details of where the pressure is coming from, how resilient the individual is,as well as advice on improving their ability to cope. Aggregate data is collated to produce a macro report for the organisationshowing which groups of staff are at risk. The tool is so powerful it canpinpoint departments where staff are actively considering leaving theiremployment. Through our network of associates we can also help your organisation to helpthose identified with clinical symptoms. You can find out more by giving me a call on 020 8323 8220 or by visiting www.askwell.com/intro or www.businesshealth.co.ukStephen Dowsett Operations Director, Business Health This dilemma is a complex issue and needs addressing in smaller discretesections. Things to consider are: what is the driver behind the course ofaction? In this case it is to reduce the cost of stress claims/litigation. Howis this best done? The long-term aim is to match the company aims to the employees’expectations,but often this does not make economic sense.and businessreorganisation often only shifts the problem to someone else. A quick fixmethod is personal coping strategy training. If the employees are trained thelevels at which they feel stress are elevated so they are perceived to copebetter. Training in techniques to reduce the stress arousal/response often helps, iemeditation, relaxation, cognative restructuring and so on but again thesetechniques only change your perception of the problem and not remove theproblem itself. What are you trying to measure? How much stress a person can take beforedeveloping a problem, how the organisation in general is coping with stressissues, what signs of stress are about? I feel the only way to address the stress issue is to include it as part ofthe total employee risk/benefit /cost analysis package,.put a price on it,.thengo about minimising the risk in the best way possible. This may well mean a mental health tool kit, but I feel this may only be asmall part of the solution. Mike Sewell Occupational Health Nurse Manager AON Occupational Health March dilemma Q Our March dilemma pagefeatured a question about what an occupational health nurse should do whenasked to deal with drug and alcohol testing as part of a pre-employment healthassessment in the absence of a company policy. A You are right to questionthe absence of a policy. I was in a similar position as a peripateticoccupational health adviser. My client’s employees were required to travel all over the world and undergodrugs and alcohol screening prior to entering the sites of some of theircustomers. Not only did they not have a substance misuse and alcohol policy,but their employees were being screened with no back up or support. I am in the process of assisting them in implementing a policy that involvesscreening before departure, appropriate systems of referral and treatment forindividuals and training for managers. How about gathering all the relevant information and putting forward a draftpolicy that lists the positive aspects of a substance misuse and alcoholpolicy? A forward-thinking personnel team will recognise that it has appointed avaluable occupational health adviser who is engaged in proactive practice. Imelda Kehoe Occupational Health Adviser, Future Health Partnership West Yorkshire A You are absolutely correctto be concerned that your company has asked you to perform drug and alcoholtesting without having a policy in place. Testing is only a means of monitoringand enforcing a substance abuse policy, it is not an end in itself. All transport operators should have effective substance abuse policies inplace and these should be backed up by a clearly planned and fair testingscheme. The chain of custody is essential and should provide the following: – Formal, approved guidelines (SAMSHA). – Full training in carrying out the procedure. – A tamper-evident kit to be used with the chain of custody. – A “watertight” procedure that links paperwork to sample tosample donor. – An evidential (that is,. legally defensible) result. – The full support of an accredited laboratory (toxicologists, expertwitnesses, technical support). It is essential that employees are aware of their responsibilities. It isunreasonable to expect employees to comply with rules or guidelines which are,in effect, secret. The crucial question for your manager, meanwhile, must surely be, “Whatshall we do with a positive result?” Because if the employee is uninformedof the rules/guidelines, and their consequent responsibilities, then theycannot be disciplined for thwarting the rules. Alison Payne JMJ Laboratories Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.
June 11, 2018 /Sports News – National Steph Curry on 3rd NBA Finals win in 4 years: ‘I’m pretty proud of our team’ Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(CLEVELAND) — NBA star Steph Curry joined Good Morning America for his first live interview since clinching the 2018 championship as the Golden State Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.Curry spoke out about joining the elite handful of NBA teams that have won three or more titles.“We got it done for the third time in four years, and joined a pretty exclusive group that has won three championships, so I’m pretty proud of our team and our group and I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” Curry said. “We got a parade celebration.”Curry said his wife of seven years, Ayesha, and their two daughters, Riley and Ryan, are excited for his big win.“One day they’ll look back and hopefully appreciate the opportunity they had to be a part of championships and seeing how happy we were as a family, as a team and as an organization…” he said of his family.Curry and Ayesha are soon expecting baby number three.“I’m her biggest fan when it comes to all that she’s doing and for her to be in Cleveland to support me as we won another championship especially in her third trimester in her third pregnancy, that means a lot,” Curry said of his wife. “It kind of shows how important we are to each other.”As for what’s next, Curry said his team has an opportunity to come back “even stronger” in 2019.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
In a post on Facebook, St Cross said: “We are sorry to report that an IT failure continues to mean the loss of WiFi across the estate. We realise the inconvenience this causes and have an expert team on the case. Students were alerted to the situation yesterday after internet services were deactivated. “This activity has now been confined, and there is no indication that personal or sensitive information has been compromised.” The guidelines to prevent future attacks include installing Antivirus, taking care to be wary of strange emails, and take immediate action if you are affected. “WiFi has now been restored throughout the West Wing on the main site. We will update on progress elsewhere early this afternoon.” All Oxford students received an email from the University Information Security team shortly after St Cross’s services were dis-activated to outline precautionary steps to prevent a similar attack from happening again. The Security Team said: “We have seen a rise in phishing emails to staff and students; as well as a malware incident earlier this week that had a serious impact on some parts of the University. St Cross College experienced a cyber attack on Wednesday, resulting in a loss of internet across the college. The University have advised students to, in suspicious circumstances, immediately disconnect computers from the network and inform IT support staff.
Ryan McDaniel swept Frontier Days features at Lovelock Speedway, earning $2,000 for IMCA Modified wins on July 27 and 28. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography)LOVELOCK, Nev. (July 27-28) – Ryan McDaniel’s first visit to Lovelock Speedway has him looking forward to a return trip to the Nevada speedplant.McDaniel swept Frontier Days IMCA Modified features picking up $2,000 wins Friday and Saturday night.“I had never been to Lovelock before Friday and this was the first time I’d swept weekend shows with big payouts,” the new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier said. “It’s been a long time coming, that’s for sure.”McDaniel won from eighth starting, ahead of James Thibodeaux and Cory Sample, on opening night and from seventh starting, in front of Sample and Joel Myers, on Saturday.A good run on the outside line took him to the front following a restart with seven laps left on Friday. McDaniel then went to the lower groove and used lapped traffic to his advantage in leading to the finish.Rounding out the top five were Robert Miller and Myers.Traffic didn’t do McDaniel any favors while he ran second on Saturday, however, as Sample found the way through quicker and pulled away.A caution erased that big advantage though and McDaniel capitalized, again going to the higher line to pass his way to the front.“My car came in at the better time,” said McDaniel, who weathered a late caution in completing the sweep. “My car was better from laps 15 to 30. It all worked out for me.”Don Childs was fourth and Thibodeaux took fifth.Feature ResultsJuly 27 – 1. Ryan McDaniel; 2. James Thibodeaux; 3. Cory Sample; 4. Robert Miller; 5. Joel Myers; 6. Andy Strait; 7. Alec Childs; 8. Denny Robblee; 9. Jonathon Mitchell; 10. Steven Anderson; 11. J.D. Jurad; 12. Travis White; 13. Kolbie Mace; 14. Tim Lamkey; 15. Randy McDaniel; 16. Ty Gamble; 17. Robbie Conley; 18. Don Childs; 19. Jay Bradley.July 28 – 1. Ryan McDaniel; 2. Sample; 3. Myers; 4. Don Childs; 5. Thibodeaux; 6. Randy McDaniel; 7. White; 8. Strait; 9. Robblee; 10. Alec Childs; 11. Mitchell; 12. Anderson; 13. Jonathan Delavega; 14. Mace; 15. James Riggs; 16. Jurad; 17. Lamkey; 18. Reldon Hatch; 19. Bradley.
[singlepic id=1023 w= h= float=none]MIDDLETOWN –Remediation is continuing this week and will be ongoing following an undergound oil tank overflow at Marlpit Hall, Kings Highway last Wednesday.Emergency crews, township and county workers, and staff from the Monmouth County Historical Association worked together last week, capping the oil tank and resolving the immediate serious issue before it became an environmental calamity.“We were anxious to retain the services of a company we knew had extensive experience in resolving the type of problem we encountered,” said Evelyn Murphy, director of the Historical Association, speaking of hiring Charles Hoffmann & Son company of Wall Township.Murphy herself was on the scene last week as soon as she received word of the flow, apparently caused by rainwater seeping into what initially appears to be a break in the tank. Workers also worked quickly to separate water from oil, and capture the oil before it created environmental problems.The Fire Department quickly closed off a portion of Kings Highway at the height of the work to stop the flow, which was running down the driveway of Marlpit Hall. An oil company, which serviced the Association quickly identified the source of the flow and employees were able to cap off the tank and make temporary corrections. Firemen also went through the basement of the historic building to ensure there was no damage there or any possibility of any future damage. Within 18 hours, Hoffmann & Son was on the scene pumping all the residual fluids in the tank and beginning the remediation process to ensure against any further leakage.There was no damage to Marlpit Hall, the director continued, referring to the 1757 home of the Taylors, a prominent Loyalist family in colonial times. The historic structure, one of five owned by the county Historical Association, is a stop on the NJ Women’s Heritage Trail and is the scene for the annual King George Birthday Party held to commemorate the large Loyalist population that lived in this section of Monmouth County along with the Tories during the Revolution. The house is adjacent to the Taylor-Butler House, a Victorian mansion built approximately a century later than Marlpit Hall, by later generations of the Taylor family and also owned by the Association. Marlpit Hall is currently closed for the season, as are all the homes open for visitation and educational experiences during the spring, summer and fall months.Nor was the present administration at the association aware there was an underground tank on the premises, Murphy said. “We’ve been heating with natural gas for years and did not know this tank existed.”Hoffman & Sons worked throughout the night last week to scrape away all the surface oil and dig up the tank. Because of heavy rains since then, work could not be completed; however, the company isolated the contaminated dirt and covered it securely with tarps to prevent any leakage, and has also closed off the affected area to ensure continued safety.“But so much more damage could have been caused, so many more environmental issues could have occurred, had it not been for the outstanding efficiency and cooperation of all those who came to resolve the problem,” Murphy said. “It’s so reassuring to know Monmouth County and Middletown in particular, are so quick and capable to respond to emergencies.”Although the tank is securely capped and emptied, the detailed plan for continued remediation and cleanup is still ongoing, so the director could not give any estimate of the cost of the project.— By Muriel J. Smith
Throughout the KIJHL season The Nelson Daily Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr will take a capsule look at the players on the Nelson Leafs hockey club. Today the focus in on Nelson native and Leaf winger, Dallon Stoddart.It wasn’t that long ago when Dallon Stoddart was watching Brock Munro gain speed at center ice before breaking through the defence and picking the top corner of the net.Or, Dylan Walchuk progress from an unknown to a household name in as he led the Leafs in playoff scoring during Nelson’s waltz to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League crown in 2009.That was then.And this is 2011 where the 6-foot, 175-pound Stoddart is not the watcher. He’s the right there in living Green and White doing his own flying, with a parachute of course, up and down the left wing.“It’s every kids dream growing up playing minor hockey to play for your hometown team,” Stoddart admitted to The Nelson Daily. “And now I get to live it.”This is actually Stoddart’s third stint with the Heritage City franchise that is younger in 2011 than most other KIJHL teams.His first turn came as a bit of a surprise.After completing the 2009-10 season with the Kootenay Ice of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League, Stoddart joined teammates Troy Petrick and Blake Arcuri as call-ups to the Leafs.During the playoff run Nelson was decimated with injuries forcing then head coach Simon Wheeldon to scramble to put a line up together.Hence the likes of Stoddart, Petrick and Arcuri, dubbed the “Black Aces” by one local media personality, were called upon to fill the lineup.Stoddart played four games, which was more than enough time to allow the injured players to return the lineup and help the Leafs upset the Fernie Ghostriders and into the KIJHL Final.However, the Leafs lost to the Revelstoke Grizzlies in five games.But being part of the buzz inside the NDCC Arena was one of the highlights for this Nelson Minor Hockey grad.Last season, Stoddart’s first full campaign with the Green and White, now that was not as much fun at all.“Sometimes (playing for your home town’s junior team) has its up and downs but overall I have my guys around me to help and I tend to zone everything else out,” explained Stoddart, deciding not to attend any Junior A camps, instead focusing on the Leafs. “And if I need any help I have the people around me as support. Stoddart, the son of Sharon and Doug Stoddart, has always loved playing hockey. But at the tender age of 18, he already realizes education is a big part of his future.He only hopes hockey can also be part of that future.“I really want to go to school and continue to play hockey,” said Stoddart, working toward an engineering degree starting this fall at Selkirk College in Castlegar.“And I’ll try to do whatever I can to make that dream come true.”Stoddart is one of a quartet of Nelsonites on the Leafs roster. Two of those players, Carsen Willans and Linden Horswill, join Stoddart to form the all-Nelson line.Prior to Thursday’s game in Grand Forks, the trio had accumulated 15 points.“We starting to get to know how each other plays,” said Stoddart, leading the Nelson trio with seven points, including three goals.“We getting to know where were going to be and how we can help each other out on the ice.”Despite being the old guy on the line, Stoddart likes what he sees in teammates Carsen and Linden.“(Carsen and Linden) maybe younger but they know how to play this game and are learning how to get the job done and have their heads in the right place,” he said.Just like Dallon Stoddart, who has grown from a fan to one of the leaders of the Leafs.Dallon Stoddart Fast FactsPosition: ForwardHeight: 6-footWeight: 175 poundsShoots: LeftHometown: NelsonAge: 18Favourite Music: Likes all musicFavourite NHL Team: Vancouver CanucksFavourite NHL Player: Sidney CrosbyBlackberry or iPhone: Blackberry, but iPod for music
“Obviously we’d like to win by five goals every game but that’s not going to happen playing a team like BV,” St. Pierre explained.“This series has the potential of going the distance and there’s going to be a lot of one goal games.”Despite getting the split, and home-ice advantage, Hawks coach Terry Jones was not pleased with the performance of his team.Jones was frustrated with lack of effort shown by the Hawks.“The way we played tonight I’m not surprised of the score because we didn’t make any effort . . . we were so passive, so uncommitted . . . it was very disappointing,” Jones said.Jones didn’t sense any overconfidence in the Hawks dressing room before the game after Beaver Valley scored a 4-3 win in Game one Friday, thanks to a late tally by captain Archie McKinnon.“I didn’t think it was overconfidence. I just think guys were on their own agendas,” Jones fumed. “We had guys taking three-minute shifts and glide around . . .. We’re not going to win many games playing like that.”Beaver Valley out shot the Leafs 21-14, including a third period where the visitors played most of the game in the Nelson zone.The series now shifts back to the Hawks Nest, where Beaver Valley finished the season 3-1 against Nelson.However, the lone home-ice loss in the series against the Leafs came in the final game of the season — a win St. Pierre is hoping can inspire his team to victory again.“That last game of the (regular) season was one of the biggest wins in my junior hockey league career,” St. Pierre said. “I think all the boys in that (Leaf) dressing room now believe we’re capable of winning in Beaver Valley and there’s no reason we can’t win again.”MURDOCH NOTES: Again more than 700 fans showed up to see two of the top teams in the KIJHL square off . . . . At the end of the game, Leaf winger Alec Wilkinson skated the length of the ice to retrieve the game puck after the victory. . . . Hawks leading scorers Dallas Calvin and Riley Brant had their respective scoring streaks snapped at four and five games. . . .In the other Kootenay Conference series, Kimberley Dynamiters tied the Eddie Mountain Final at 1-1 with a 4-2 win in Creston. Meanwhile, the Osoyoos Coyotes keep on winning, capturing its sixth straight game to take a 2-0 lead against North Okanagan. In Kamloops, the Storm opened its series against 100 Mile House with an 8-3 win. It’s ironic how sometimes in the sport of hockey your biggest rival can become your greatest ally.Patrick Zubick, of Castlegar Rebels fame, stopped all 21 shots to backstop the Nelson Leafs to a 1-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The victory evens the best-of-seven Murdoch Division series at 1-1.Games three and four are Monday and Tuesday in Fruitvale.“It’s unfortunate that both of our goalies are hurt but Patrick (Zubick) has come in here and played just excellent for us,” Leaf captain Darnel St. Pierre said after the narrow win.Nelson got all the goals Zubick would need when leading scorer Jamie Vlanich scored on a Leaf power play 15 minutes into the game.Vlanich, playing his second game of the playoffs after sitting out the entire Murdoch Division semi final against Spokane, jumped on a loose puck in the Hawks goal crease after teammate Travis Wellman rattle a shot off the post.The home side then rode the solid netminding of Zubick, who is playing for Nelson on an emergency basis after both regular goalies, Adam Maida and Brad Rebagliati, were lost to the Leafs due to injury, to even the series in a must-win game.