Homeworkers need the same protection as office workers
Cardinus report helps companies manage staff working at home
Expert gives advice on all aspects of homeworkers’ welfare
EMPLOYEES who work from home fall under the same health and safety regulations as those who work in the office, according to a recent white paper published by Cardinus Risk Management.
The number of people working from home increased from 921,000 in 1997 to 2.4 million in 2005 and employers have a duty of care towards those members of staff. Companies must ensure that facilities and equipment used by homeworkers comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act and other regulations relating to the workplace.
The white paper, The issues facing homeworkers and how to ensure their health, safety and welfare has been written by Barry Holt, head of health and safety consulting at Cardinus Risk Management. Mr Holt said, “The employer is responsible for ensuring the safety of the area of the home in which the employee is carrying out their company work, during the time they spend working there. We have also looked at other welfare issues like stress and loneliness.”
Jon Abbott, managing director of Cardinus Risk Management, said, “Working from home can have tremendous benefits. Unfortunately, a homeworking culture increases the risk faced by an organisation. The latest Cardinus white paper has been written to help employers identify the risks homeworkers often face and discusses strategies to effectively manage those risks.”
Copies of the white paper The issues facing homeworkers and how to ensure their health, safety and welfare can be obtained from the website: www.cardinushealthandsafety.co.uk or by calling 020 7469 0200.
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Cardinus directors, experts and consultants are available for interview and quotes on industry issues. The full range of Cardinus consultancy services can be seen on its website, www.cardinus.comor you can telephone 0207 469 0200 (UK) 1-866-966-3420 (US).
Cardinus is a member company of THB Group plc and provides online injury reduction solutions and risk management within the safety, fleet and property sectors.
Established in 1995, Cardinus has an enviable track record of working with government and leading blue chip organizations. Cardinus provides solutions to customers across the United Kingdom, the US and worldwide. Solutions include 'Workstation Safety Plus' a software solution designed to reduce the risks associated with using DSEandergonomics; a comprehensive fleet risk solution that combines in-vehicle driver training with online self-assessment; property solutions including fire risk surveys, asbestos assessment and a range of e-learning courses.
Cardinus Risk Management Limited, Phoenix House, Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 3BE. Cardinus Risk Management Limited, 10 Flag Business Exchange, Vicarage Farm Road, Peterborough, Cambs PE1 5SL.
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A NEW-look Back-up Training and Recruitment website has been revealed by NorthLight Media.
The site now features video and a homepage news feed from the news blog.
THE Easter holiday provided the opportunity for Martyn Moore, owner of NorthLight Media, to take a short break from clients' work and give the company website a lick of paint.
NorthLight has never really had a proper website. When the company was created a year ago, Martyn secured the domain name and gave the company a simple web presence with a site about story-telling.
The new site lists all the NorthLight services, from writing, editing and photography, to audio production and training.
YORKSHIRE Baker is an exciting small business in North Yorkshire, making delicious snacks and pastries as well as exploring new techniques in gluten-free cooking.
The new website is at Yorkshirebaker.co.uk and will continue to fill with content over the next few weeks. Experiments in multimedia on the site include a YouTube video created with still photographs and a radio ad-style soundtrack featuring 'Yorkish Katy'.
Meet Billy Tucker, sign photographer
BILLY Tucker (left) has been photographing American signage for more than 25 years and now his photos have been brought together into a great new book.
Signs of the Times is a valuable cultural record of an America that is disappearing rapidly.
NorthLight Media encountered Billy on Linkedin, the business networking website, and the conversation led to NorthLight creating a Windows PC screen saver using 12 of Billy's Americana signage photos.
Now Billy has kindly agreed to allow NorthLight visitors to download the screen saver for their own use. Click on the red link 'Download File', below, to save the .exe file to anywhere on your hard drive.
Double-click the file to configure then run the screensaver from anywhere on your hard drive. To uninstall, just delete the file.
Below the screen saver is a gallery of Billy's work but be sure to check out the book click here.
THE internet is changing the way schools communicate with pupils and parents.
More than 25,000 UK schools have a working email address and many more thousands of teachers and students are being allocated them each year. Most schools also have a website, although many are still very basic homemade efforts by staff. Ofsted inspections now include a school's website.
Email and online messages are rapidly becoming an integral part of schools' communications strategies. This signals an end to the problem of letters 'lost' on the way home and parents missing vital announcements or meetings.
During last winter's heavy snowfall, school websites played a critical role in keeping parents informed about closures due to the bad weather. Many thousands of children made journeys in hazardous conditions to schools that were closed, despite the valiant efforts of staff and local radio stations and the value of a website was brought into sharp focus.
But it's not just during extraordinary circumstances that a school website comes into its own. A recent survey revealed that 82% of parents feel “left in the dark when it comes to their child's schooling”. A school website can help overcome this.
Professor Tanya Byron, child psychologist and government advisor, says: "By harnessing the new and exciting technologies that enable seamless communication between school and home; and – most importantly – by involving children in after school communication that is fun, relaxed, open and well timed, we can all help them to maximise their academic potential and enjoy their school and further education years."
So a new initiative has now been launched to get more schools online and students and parents enjoying the benefits of the communication revolution. A Peterborough-based technology company that specialises in building educational websites has launched a service that will allow schools to set up a fully-featured website in just minutes from any computer with an internet connection.
Myschoolwebsite.co.uk offers schools exciting and easy-to-use websites at a fraction of the cost of hiring a developer. There is an annual charge of just £99 for the myschoolwebsite.co.uk service.
And because pages and content can be uploaded from any computer, staff can maintain the site from work or at home. All the words and pictures on the site are managed through a simple editor in a web browser window.
John Roach, managing director of e4education, which developed myschoolwebsite.co.uk, believes this affordable service couldn't have come at a better time.
“Primary school budgets will come under pressure over the coming years and schools will need an affordable option. My School Website delivers exactly that.” he says. “With myschoolwebsite.co.uk a school can be online and interacting with pupils and parents in minutes for less than £100 a year.”
With an engaging website, schools can excite students with the possibilities of publishing on the web. The My School Website system is versatile and affordable enough to allow ICT clubs and even indivdual pupils their own websites.
In addition to parents accessing its website for information about the school, students can use the online service for valuable learning support. Teachers can create links to trusted reference and study aids – information that is not always easy to find without guidance. Pupils' written work can be showcased, galleries can present students' art and audio or video podcasts can feature performances of music or drama.
Myschoolwebsite.co.uk will be officially launched on June 1, 2009 and schools can even enjoy a 30 trial of the service absolutely free.
For more information go to: www.myschoolwebsite.co.uk
Photo 1 caption: The My School Website development team. L to R: Mike Armstrong, designer; Greg Palmer, lead developer; Stuart Elmore, user interface engineer. Download image from this link.
Photo 2 caption: John Roach, managing director, e4education. Download image from this link.
e4education provides professional website design for schools. The sites are powered by an easy-to-use content management system (CMS) that helps schools to bring their website to life. The e4education CMS allows schools to quickly and very easily use video streaming, podcasts, blogs, secure areas, forums and e-shops on their websites. e4education, which is a registered UK trademark through the Trade Mark Registry, is part of Bluestone Creative.
Bluestone Creativewas established in 2001 by company directors John Roach and Chris Banks. Its principal business is designing and developing websites within the education and health sectors. It currently has a portfolio of over 800 customers nationwide, with the majority of these being within education.
For more information about e4education and Bluestone Creative contact:
John Roach, managing director, e4education, 29 Commerce Road, Lynch Wood, Peterborough PE2 6LR. Tel: 0845 257 0224. Mobile: 0773 049 7078. Email: email@example.com or visit: www.e4education.co.uk
Press and media enquiries can also be sent to:
Martyn Moore, director, NorthLight Media Limited, 94 Thorpe Park Road, Peterborough PE3 6LJ. Tel: 01733 759077. Mobile: 07768 261276. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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BACK-UP Training and Recruitment, the leading provider of training to the UK food industry, has launched a ground-breaking campaign to promote the benefits of people development in food manufacturing.
Called the "Ten Good Reasons" initiative, the message from Back-up will help employers to understand the benefits that can come from training, often at little or no cost to the company.
Back-up director Jill Moore said, "Training is a win-win, with funding from government initiatives and qualifications earned by staff while they do their jobs, employers shouldn't have to think twice about it.
"Most managers know how a properly trained workforce can help with staff morale and lead to increased productivity, but some imagine that there will be a significant investment of time or money involved. Our "Ten Good Reasons" message will help to dispel that myth."
You can read Back-up's Ten Good Reasons here.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
SINCE 1995 Back-up has been one of the leading providers of training and development to the food and drink industry. For more information call 01430 810506, email email@example.com or visit www.backuptraining.co.uk
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