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Swedish boss let pet poo in office: report

Oliver Gee · 15 Feb 2012, 15:11

Published: 15 Feb 2012 15:11 GMT+01:00

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“The boss has his dog in the building, where it both urinates and defecates on the carpet,” wrote the company's staff-appointed environmental health representative (skyddsombud) in a request for action.

The incident was reported after the officer’s visit to the company, Scandinavian Avionics AB in Sturups, southern Sweden, on January 10th.

When the representative addressed the boss and suggested that the hairy hound was not appropriate for the workplace, the boss responded “In this company, we have a dog, and that’s that,” according to the document.

The company had not provided employees with a suitable lunchroom either, and staff were forced to share a make-shift lunchroom with the dog – essentially just a large table in an empty office.

According to the report, the chairs are now covered in dog hair and the floors are sullied.

Staff have complained several times that the excess of dog hair is a problem in the working environment, but the complaints have so far fallen on deaf ears.

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The representative requested that the company be cleaned of all dog hair, and that another arrangement be found for the dog’s whereabouts. He also demanded that a suitable staff room be arranged for personnel to eat.

If the requested action is unsatisfactory, the representative threatened to take the matter further to Sweden's Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket).

Oliver Gee (oliver.gee@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:05 February 15, 2012 by tgolan
I do not think that your translation of the title skyddsombud as environmental health officer is correct as a skyddsombud is not a appointed by an authority such as the local government but is elected by the employees. Thus he is not as in the UK or US a government official. A environmental health officer would be an official from the local government health office ( Miljökontoret) or the national office of work place safety (yrkesInspection). While the skyddsombud does have some authority under the law he or she is still a local Protection officer in a mostly advisory and inspection role and he or she is not a public official.
16:21 February 15, 2012 by stillwatersrd
And judging from the expression on the dog's face, the job of thoroughly marking the staff room was exhausting.
16:38 February 15, 2012 by Svensksmith
I think that is a picture of the boss.
16:42 February 15, 2012 by Youdee
I also feel sorry for the dog. Probably not getting walked too much.
18:01 February 15, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
There is indeed a strong resemblance sometimes between dogs and their owners - both facially, and in other ways.

Just as the boss sometimes defecates on the staff - so the boss' dog defecates on the staff room
19:29 February 15, 2012 by sushi_and_sweden
Please, the local, report more useful news.
19:37 February 15, 2012 by BillyB
crap story...ha ha
20:19 February 15, 2012 by philster61
S...t happens
20:43 February 15, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Animals should not be allowed at peoples place of work unless they are working at an animal hospital or Humane Society. There are people that are allergic to animals and that can cause health issues and even lead to death if the allergies are severe enough. So disgusting allowing the dog to do his business inside the work place.
21:32 February 15, 2012 by swedejane

I was thinking the exact same thing. This sounds like a negligent dog owner...he should walk his pooch more often. A dog will hold it as long as they can (if they're house broken) before ever going inside. And while I love dogs, and have one, this manager sounds like a jackass.
23:18 February 15, 2012 by mcarroll1
I wonder if this 'boss' allows his dog crap all over his kitchen and dining room at home.The staff should pick it up an put it on his desk or in his pocket to bring home. Also I think 'tgolan' is completely nuts. Who gives a damn about what kind of a guy the inspector is - this is a story about a dog crapping in the office for Gods sake.
15:58 February 16, 2012 by Lovelygirl
USH... don't know how I will be able to sleep after reading this article...
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