The Heads of SAAZUNIe from the Netherlands have recently been on a fact finding tour of the UK hosted by USHA, Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge.
“We would like to thank your Chair Clive Parkinson, Ian Gillett from Imperial and Martin Vinnnell from Cambridge and their teams for sharing your knowledge and experience with us. We enjoyed our two day visit due to your enormous hospitality and transparency on health and safety. We have seen that your employees believe in their work, and that it has paid off in the results demonstrated.
In general we learned two major topics form you:
- From our point of view USHA has developed many tools to fill in the gap between legislation and the awareness of health and safety. For example you have management system(s) to create and monitor health and safety as well as behaviour.
- Responsibility of health and safety is embedded there where the risks are created as ‘those who create the risk have to control the risk’.
The heads of SAAZUNIe also picked up that:
- USHA can be an example for us and we are willing to explore opportunities to broaden our network possibly in Belgium and Sweden
- Education and research is more and more international orientated and we can learn from each other and share our experiences.
- With very little staff you can accomplish a lot in executing occupation and health and safety care.
- We share complexity in legislation which is a hot item in UK and in the Netherlands;
- The possibilities of a new way of training, real time observation and reflecting of the behaviour of employees and students as pointed out for your liquid nitrogen facility;
- Training of health and safety is based on entertainment followed by information - therefore the director Health and Safety is “electrocuted” on every introduction course on an voluntary basis
- The interaction on the corporate and department level between manager and officers of health and safety works very well in a network organisation;
- The clinical professor(s) struggle with the urgency of clinical research and legislation;
- In fact, research and education should be leading, and guidelines and rules are only the boundaries. - the Health and Safety office plays a crucial role in focusing on what the research needs, instead of focusing on what they haven’t got;
- The codes and systems are implemented very well in the laboratories (as actually seen);
- The great possibilities of a pilot plant is a perfect example for teaching the newest techniques in a very realistic way;
- The major impact of private funding for research and accommodations;
- The opportunities for collaboration are immense in the “cathedral”.
- The English humor contributed to our wellbeing!
In our opinion the best way to thank you is to hand over this ‘thank you note’ and to invite you for a ‘meet and greet’ in the Netherlands. Hopefully we can inspire you as you have inspired us.”
Signed by the heads of the SAAZUNIe,
University Medical Center Groningen, Mrs. G.( Greetje) Vos (president SAAZUNIe)
Maastricht University, Mr. P. (Peter) Dormans (secretary, treasurer SAAZUNIe)
Academic Medical Center and University of Amsterdam, Mr. G. (Gerard) Frijstein
Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Mr. J. (Hans) Ferdinandus
Leiden University Medical Center and Leiden University, Mr. A. (Adri) Noort
Delft University of Technology, Mr. C. (Kees) Schotsman
Eindhoven University of Technology, Mr. M (Tiny) Verbruggen
University Medical Center Utrecht, Mr. F. (Frans) Urban
University of Twente, Mrs. M. (Mariëlle) Winkler
VU University Medical Center Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam, Mr. M. (Marten) van Til
Wageningen University & Research centre, Mrs. F. (Fennet) van de Wetering