A large number of fuel and oil samples are unpacked and handled on a daily basis prior to testing in our Rotterdam Laboratory. This work requires speed, accuracy and good communication with the rest of the team. Several of the staff in the team who have been recruited have severe hearing impairments and they perform this work to a high level of competency. They lip-read colleagues well and operate efficiently and reliably. One of these employees, Monique said “I feel like I am making a real contribution and that I have a valuable role. And I really enjoy the work atmosphere, communication with the people around me and helping everything run smoothly.”
Prior to these appointments, the lab technicians themselves unpacked the samples, meaning that valuable testing time and resources were being lost. Their arrival has improved efficiency, providing a dedicated resource to unpack the samples arriving daily and provide support to the lab technicians.
These staff were recruited through Particibaan, a Netherlands-based group that helps companies recruit, hire and retain people with disabilities or who have just had a run of bad luck. Particibaan believes in a society in which everyone has a role and everyone can contribute.