Regardless of time of year, millions of Americans hit the road every day. Sharing the road requires motorists to exercise caution and good judgment and common courtesy. Unfortunately, in the real world this is not the case and truck drivers need to be proactive in practicing road safety.
This is particularly important for delivery truck drivers during the summer and on holiday weekends. During these times, out of town visitors are driving on roads that are less familiar to them. It’s important to pay attention, put your phone down and as always, buckle up.
The best defense is a good understanding of how motorists SHOULD behave, but sometimes don’t. Tips and tactics that motorists are urged to heed are:
While there are organizations with highway safety outreach programs to educate the public, truck drivers need to be on point and aware of the situation around them at all times. Knowing the rules of the road is one thing. Being aware that not everyone on the road follows the rules all of the time is another. Be safe out there!
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. We have all heard it, but how many have considered where a first impression happens for your customers? The parking lot is the first “in person” environment where your customer interacts with your retail business. It would be a shame if a customer has a bad experience before they even get to see your displays or talk to an employee. Parking lots can be dangerous places if the proper precautions aren’t implemented. Damage to vehicles and store property can occur, and pedestrians are also at risk for accidents and theft. Some commonsense investments can make a big difference, not only for safety, but for a positive shopping experience.
No one likes to come into a messy or disorganized work space. Not only is a messy work space unsafe it also puts a drain on productivity. Having a simple “Housekeeping” practice in place is a critical piece to keeping people in your facility safe. Most businesses have a cleaning service or cleaning staff that does janitorial work after everyone goes home, but what about during the day when everyone is working? If you, or an employee, sees a potential hazard it is important to address it as it is noticed. By doing this, you can help prevent injuries and improve productivity, but it’s not just traditional offices that this applies to. Industrial workplaces such as warehouses, delivery trucks, docks and even in the customer’s home also apply. As a rule of thumb all workplaces with a safety program should incorporate housekeeping into their safety training.
The best way to keep the workplace safe is to make it a practice. Before the end of their shift, your employees should make it common practice to inspect and clean their work areas discarding unused materials and putting tools, vehicles and supplies back in their proper place. This will reduce time spent cleaning later, as well as prevent potential injuries in the future.
Are you tired of those synthetic sticky felts that simply don’t work or don’t stay on? Well, with Flexi-Felt® you’ll never have that problem again. It’s literally impossible to remove these felts.
Your Association Products Program has added a new line of surface protection felt pads to round out the selection available to fit any need. Available in a few select sizes and configurations from simply stick to apply and the new Flexi-Felt® clear cups. The Flexi-Felt are made with soft wool blend felt. Nothing is more durable.
Special high density felt is impossible to pad down. It doesn’t matter if you put 1000 lb on these; they won’t get any thinner.
The felt pads protect your floors and they allow furniture to slide effortlessly. If you have dark furniture you probably noticed that the chair legs are starting to be scratched up. The Flexi-Felt Clear will also help you prevent that. The transparent flexible sleeve of the Flexi-Felt Clear is extremely durable and abrasion resistant.
It protects your furniture by preventing the dings and scratches caused while vacuuming or when moving your chairs.
Use the Flexi-Felt to protect flooring and furniture as well as making furniture much easier to move around. The Flexi-Felt also eliminates the scraping chair noises, especially on tiles. Check out the quick demo video for more information.
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Electrical hazards in your facility require the proper attention from safety managers when creating safety programs.
Here are some electrical safety tips to protect your employees from electrical hazards.
Electrical Safety is important, any workplace and position can be affected by electricity. Before you begin your day make note of any electrical equipment you may come in contact with and ensure that it is properly grounded before use.
Standing in any type of wetness while using an electrical device of any kind is not a good idea. Try to avoid it whenever possible, this includes stationary equipment, power tools, tablets, mobile phones, etc.
Assume power lines are always energized whenever your work brings you to an area where you need to be around them. This includes any situation that your delivery crews may encounter at a customer’s home. Use non-conductive materials, and tools when near them.
Practice a standard operating procedure in electrical safety by bringing any machine being worked on to complete zero, fully de-energized before beginning repair or services. (Unplug it from the power source if possible).
After bringing a machine to complete zero for servicing, always use proper lock out protocol to prevent co-workers from re-energizing a machine while it is being worked on.
Never wear rings, watches, wristbands, or use metallic pencils or rulers while working with electrical equipment.
Ask can this job be completed with one hand? Only using one hand to work reduces the chances of electricity going through the chest cavity in the event of an accident.
If a spill happens on or near a machine do not try to clean it up until the machine is shut down completely and unplugged.
Never touch electrical equipment unless you are specifically instructed to do so. It is advisable to consider the use of electrical safety signs, and make sure your hands are not wet or sweating and as precaution.
Stay up to date on regulations or requirements to be in compliance with relevant regulatory agencies. As changes are released, regularly to see what your facility should now be doing differently to ensure maximum workplace electrical safety.
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