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Safety On The Side Of The Road

Staying safe while traveling is an important factor and it always has been. There are entire organizations like AAA that are dedicated to the support of safe travel. While travel is supposed to be fun and relaxing getting stuck on the side of the road will inspire just the opposite – panic and anxiety.

While traveling will free your soul and entertain and educate the family getting stuck tends to bring out the worst in most of us. Having a triple a membership eases that pain and frustration but it doesn’t give us a free ticket to avoid all the pain of landing roadside without a paddle. So what can you do to prepare for some thing that shouldn’t happen often but is bound to happen once in a while?

As any boy scout while tell you… be prepared. It’s good to have a few things in the trunk for emergencies. First of all a simple roadside assistance kit will provide you with simple things like road flares or reflective triangles. A decent road side emergency kit will also have some simple tools that may help you out in a bind, for example, a good roadside assistance kit will have a wrench to help loosen or tighten your car batteries terminal connectors and a special battery terminal brush to clean corrosion that builds up on the terminals and interferes with the electrical connection between your car’s battery and the rest of the electrical system. Your emergency kit will also have tools like an adjustable wrench, a small universal screwdriver set, and pliers, at the very least. Don’t forget to carry a gallon of water with you, it doesn’t need to be a high quality brand of water but check to make sure that the container is BPA free because studies have shown that plastic made with BPA has a tendency to leak toxins into your water under extreme heat, as would happen when a gallon of water is stored inside a truck.

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In short be prepared for a break down because they’re going to happen. Get yourself a good road emergency kit and hope for the best. Keep the name and phone number of a good tow truck company to call on when you need them. The San Diego Towing Network is a great resource and tow provider to get towing in San Diego, California and they also offer the finest towing Chula Vista has when it comes to fast service. Another great service they provide is lock out services they really do delivery the best auto locksmith San Diego has around. Get more San Diego traffic and freeway info at the 511 website.

Moving Safety

safety stand downSafety Should Be A Reflex

Having safety on the forefront of your workers minds should be a priority. Why you say. Simple because staying in business means staying profitable and staying profitable includes managing costs and managing costs includes managing risks and managing risks includes… you got it safety. More importantly safety training and not just a safety stand down every six months, all that really produces is a decrease in productivity for the missing day of work.

Physically Demanding Jobs – Movers

There are many physically demanding jobs out there but movers are among the top of the charts. Physically handling heavy furniture and boxes all day every day takes a toll and the back and the body as a whole. Not to mention that they have to hold that stuff that hey are moving very tightly controlled lest they punch a hole in the wall of the house or apartment that they are moving the goods into or out of. That could get ugly quick.

Pool Table Movers – A High Risk Safety Position

More specifically talking we have professional pool table movers. These are skilled professionals that provide a moving service specifically for businesses and private owners of pool tables. These pool table can often weigh in the 1500lb to 2000lb pound limits and can be easily damaged if not handled by a pro billiards service. We we’re very fortunate to interview some of the very skilled people from key players in the billiards industry from around the southwest and surprisingly they have a very low rate of injuries inside this tight knit community of professional billiards service providers. What we found is that they do not have “official” sit down training for safety, they don’t even have traditional training to become a pool table mover, it’s all passed on through on the job training. We were able to extrapolate  this very same key info from different companies like Pool Table Movers Los Angeles CA, Pool Table Movers Houston TX, and Pool Table Movers Las Vegas NV. For a closer look at the billiards industry visit http://billiardeducation.org/

This leads us to believe that they is a very powerful method that most companies are not taking advantage of and that is the power of oral one on one training and mentoring. There is no amount of classroom training or training manual rules that are going to provide better training that that of a person that has years of experience and personal “close calls” while on the job, you just can’t beat that.

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The Necessity Of Body Shop Safety Training

Safety should be part of a business’ ongoing training for all staff. While the content may need to be adjusted based on the job requirements, it is a necessary topic for all.

Training for New Employees

Bumper RepairEveryone that is hired should go through some type of safety training if they work in a hazardous environment. They need to know and be able to recognize the hazards and understand the policies in place to protect employees from those hazards. In addition, they need to understand the procedures for preventing injury or reporting one if it should occur. This training will also provide the protocol for who to report to and what information needs to be provided.

On-going Training

One of the biggest complaints for staff in attending regular training is that they already know the information; they have heard it all before. However, this is actually not usually the case. Regulations change so often and policies and procedures are updated that staff needs to be made aware of them. Regular training allows managers the opportunity to provide the updated information to better ensure the safety of their workers.

This is also a good time to address issues that are ongoing. Employees should be made to feel comfortable in bringing up concerns they may have. After all, they are the eyes and ears of the company. They may see problems that could become serious in the future.

Techs At Work… The guys fixing bumpers

Besides new staff, anyone involved in any high-risk work or those who wear protective equipment should undergo regular training. Managers and supervisors should also be involved. Everyone in the workforce needs training on how to respond to emergencies. The amount and type of training will be different in various industries and by the job descriptions. There are many dangers and hazards surrounding the technicians doing the actual work and repairs. Be sure to have adequate ventilation, a clean and organized body shop, properly stowed paint and solvents in properly labeled HAZMAT lockers and up to date education on the lasted bumper repair techniques. All reputable collision repair centers are aware and abide by rules and regulations set up, established and enforced by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair. Watch a YouTube Video a of very good auto body shop in Chula Vista, California.

The importance of safety training should not be overlooked. If you have never organized or conducted safety training before, you should work with someone experienced in your industry to ensure that you don’t miss any important information. OSHA also assists managers and HR with ongoing safety training.

Who Oversees Safety

Agencies that Protect the Workforce

 

US Department Of LaborThere are three Department of Labor (DOL) agencies that have the job of administering and enforcing laws that have been put in place to protect the safety and health of employees in the workforce.

 

  • OSHA-Occupational Safety & Health Administration – their role is to do the following:

 

○      administers the OSH Act

○      regulate health and safety conditions in many private industries

 

OSHA handles most of the enforcement and administration of the OSH Act in states that are under federal jurisdiction, but some states are also responsible for this task under the guidance of OSHA.

 

  • Mine Safety and Health Administration

 

○      Primary job is to enforce the Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 to protect those who work in the country’s mines.

○      The Act is applicable to all mining and mineral companies regardless of the method of extraction they use or the number of employees they have.

 

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act

 

○      This act sets restrictions for employment, including age, length of work days, and even the jobs that may be performed by those under the age of 18.

 

Most companies will be affected by one or more of these agencies based on their industry and the people they hire. Any new business owner or manager is required to learn the laws and regulations for federal compliance as well as any state regulations that must be followed. For instance, if they hire minors, they must be aware of the limits for work and what jobs they cannot perform.

States may set even stricter laws for the employment of minors. They set the minimum age of employment that can vary from 14 or even younger in certain cases to 16 or 18 years of age. Before hiring anyone under the age of 18, it is important to know the limitations to protect your company from serious consequences.

Importance Of Basic Life Support Training

The same agencies that oversee and monitor workplace safety also install mandatory life saving certification for certain key positions that are held in different industries.  The importance of BLS for healthcare providers should not be overlooked. Although it is not a requirement for many industry positions it has benefit for all. Not only does it empower employees with basic life saving skills in an emergency situation it also provides an atmosphere and culture of trust and security among management and workers.  Make CPR first aid certification a first priority when it comes to basic safety and procedure infrastructure for your business.

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