A beer in the pub or at home in front of the telly "Prevention is the page 4 page 8 Mario Lopergolo, Dreher company doctor in Massafra: February 1988 Number 12 OWN PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT FOR EXPATRIATES HEINEKENAND PELFORTHPUSH THE PEDALS Contents: Page Interview Massafra company doctor Heineken's active role in Holland Village Popoli employees give their views on shiftwork New challenge for F. van der Minne Wastewater purification 2 _5 6 7 Heineken International Magazine Ambulance "As a company doctor my main work is preventive. Ta king precautions to ensure that people stay healthy." Sin ce 1979 Mario Lopergolo has been attached to the Dre her brewery in Massafra in the South of Italy. For two hours each day Mr. Lopergolo can be found at his desk in the medical department. He not only works there as a doctor but also acts as a confidant for the employees. INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE Published six times a year by the Corporate Public Relations Department of Heineken N. V. P.O. Box 28,1000 AAAmsterdam. Tel. 020/702268. The doctor is the only person in the business who can give permission for an employee who feels ill to go home But the doctor is only present for two hours each day. So, what should be done during the (many) other working hours, for instance during the night shift? For such eventualities an ambulance is kept at the ready, so that the patient can be taken to a nearby hospital for diagnosis. If the hospital doctors decide that the employee is at that moment unable to work further, he may then go home to recover. Though these precautions may seem at first to be rather over-cautious, they have proved their usefulness on repeated occasions in the past. "It has occurred several times that an employee was examined in the hospital and was immediately kept there for treatment", explains Mr. Lopergolo. One man drinks his beer solely in his local pub, another likes to sink a foaming pint at home (in front of the telly)and the third enjoys drinking in both places. What in fact are the preferences in the various European countries? The table below, based on 1985 figures from a survey carried out by an independent consumer research bureau, gives you an idea of the percentage of beer that is supplied to pubs, restaurants and hotels compared to that purchased in shops for home consumption. As you can see, there are quite some differences between the various countries. A striking feature is the high percentage of home consumption in Sweden, which is due to a great many factors.The enormous price difference between beer bought in the shop and a glass of beer in a pub or restaurant is one of the reasons. Beer is quite pricey even in the shops, but licenced premises charge between three and five times as much again for a glass of beer. Besides this, the population density plays an important role. Sweden, just like Norway, is a vast country with relatively few inhabitants. One of the consequences is that there are few possibilities for people to go out for a drink in a pub. The distances that have to be covered are too big, especially during the (often severe) winters. In Spain, Ireland and the United Kingdom drinking a glass of beer in a pub or bar is preferred by the majority. The bar trade also scores high points in Italy. This is partly due to the small differences between bar prices and shop prices but, more so, it is part of the culture in those countries to get together and meet your friends for a social drink "at the local". I have a position of trust here. People come to me to talk about their problems, and that by no means always involves problems relating to their work. Personal difficulties at home are sometimes raised as well", says Mr. Lopergolo. The Dreher company doctor's work can be divided into three main tasks. First of all, the medical check-ups of each personnel member for illnesses such as typhus, tuberculosis and laryngitis. These tests are compulsory by law for every business in Italy engaged in the production of consumer goods. In most businesses these examinations are carried out by doctors employed by the government. Mr. Lopergolo provides them with assistance. Dreher Massafra goes one step further than the legal obligations. For each employee the the company doctor keeps what is known as a Mario Lopergolo 'libretti di rischio': a personal medical history record containing all findings of medical check-ups and all the employee's physical and other complaints. On the basis of this medical record Mr. Lopergolo may recommend to the company management that an employee should be transferred to another department which will be better for his health. The third element in Mr. Lopergolo's duties is formed by the treatment of minor injuries and ailments, such as treating cuts (which represent 80% of all industrial accidents within Dreher Massafra) and supplying medicines.

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