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#1 Posted : 29 January 2001 16:21:00(UTC)
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Posted By Malcolm
If an organisation has to operate a standby system.
How dose the WTR stand with the following standby system.

Standby rotation approx 10 weeks between,
Length of standby 1 week,
Work normal shift approx 8am to 6pm,
Rest until earliest (expected) call out 10 pm,
Normal working day next day,

This is the style of standby system a domestic gas repair company is proposing to operate (so factor in that the men will also be driving)
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#2 Posted : 30 January 2001 13:13:00(UTC)
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Posted By Brian J Sutherland
Malcolm,
The first aspect is to define what is working time, which is when someone is actually working. Consequently, stand-by is not working! The number of hours worked is then averaged over 17 weeks (reference period). Then factor in "compensatory rest" exceptions and agreements and rarely will the WTR present a problem. Failing that if you still have concerns, individual workers can sign opt-out agreements. Have you got the latest free publication from the DTI: Your guide to the working time regulations March 2000(URN 00/633). The earlier copies contained errors!
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