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Thank you for stopping by, we have begun the process of putting together a place to share safety thoughts and ideas to help each other out in having our friends and coworkers return home in the same condition as they arrived.

Safety is an important part of who we are, we believe it starts from the top down and all accidents are avoidable and caused by unsafe acts. Let us know what you think, this is a great place to share ideas on what’s worked and what hasn’t.

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03 May 2016

Should You Hire a Business Coach?

Some of the most successful business owners and entrepreneurs owe their successes to a business coach. Other, less-than-successful business owners, have blamed their failed businesses on a business coach. So if you are considering hiring one, you need to really think about what value they will add, and how.

The problem with business coaches, as with anyone in an advisory role, is that they are only as good as the advice they give. Additionally, their assistance needs to justify the additional costs. And when looking at unsuccessful relationships, these are almost exclusively the reason for coaches not working out for a small business.

To help protect yourself against bad advice, you should thoroughly evaluate the business coach. Don’t simply take his or her word for previous successes, but instead reach out to previous clients. You also need to ensure the coach is truly interested in seeing your success – if you are just another paycheck, you will not get the attention and level of concern which you might need. You also need to ensure you have good chemistry with this individual. If you see the world very differently from your coach, that could open up new opportunities to you which you’d never considered, or it could create a situation where you and your coach are never on the same page. Be sure that this is a person with whom you can work and who will be able to present opposing viewpoints in a way that works for you.

By doing that, you will ensure you find a committed coach who will give you sound advice. That, in turn, can help bring your business to the next level. This is because a business coach – a good business coach, at least – will help to hold you accountable by setting goals and holding you to them. A good business coach has been where you are and can help you find different answers to challenging problems your business is facing. A good coach can also speak to you in a way your employees can’t – and this can be extremely important. If …

25 Jul 2016

Meeting for Emergency Response and Preparedness Subcommittee Set

machinery-338751_1920The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is holding the inaugural meeting of the Emergency Response and Preparedness Subcommittee of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health in Washington, DC on September 9, 2015. The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health created this subcommittee to help respond to OSHA’s request revolving around advice and recommendations for a proposed rule on emergency response and preparedness.

The members of this subcommittee will spend the next 12 to 18 months developing recommendations and regulatory text for a proposed rule. These recommendations will then be submitted to the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, which will then submit the recommendations and proposals directly to the secretary of labor.

The outcome of the deliberations of this subcommittee can have major impacts on your occupational safety and health policies and procedures. They will be discussing elements such as employee participation, facility, and equipment preparedness, vehicle preparedness, and operation, pre-incident planning, emergency incident standard operating procedures, post-incident analysis, and program evaluation. So it is imperative to stay informed on how these meetings are progressing, and what new rules come as a result of these meetings. So if your current occupational safety and health policies and procedures are not up to date, it is time to get them updated, to help ensure a simple transition when these new changes come.

If you have any questions about how this new rule might impact your business like it did for Sterling Heights Service, or about occupational safety and health in general, please contact us. If you have anything to add about this newly created subcommittee, please leave a comment.…

09 May 2016

Facilitated Discussion on Updated Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines

medical-563427_1920The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently drafted updates to their Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines. These updates were drafted in an effort to reflect modern technology and practices. According to OSHA, these updates should be particularly helpful to small and medium-sized businesses. Additionally, these guidelines will address ways in which multiple employers can coordinate their efforts at the same worksite to protect workers.

According to Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Dr. David Michaels, “Employers who embrace these guidelines will see fewer worker injuries and illnesses, and their progress in improving the safety culture at their worksites will contribute to higher productivity, reduced costs and greater worker satisfaction.”

While these guidelines are only advisory and are not mandatory, they are effective in helping to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses. By following these guidelines, there is a smaller chance of unchecked hazards at a worksite and, as such, a smaller chance of an audit from OSHA and any fines. So if you are not currently following the OSHA Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines, or if you are and are unsure of how the changes will impact your Safety and Health Management Program, then it is probably a good time to consult a third party occupational safety and health auditing firm to help ensure you are on track and that your facility is fully up to code.

If you have any questions about OSHA’s Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines or the new changes to these guidelines, please contact us. If you have anything to add about the importance of instituting these guidelines, please leave a comment.…

04 May 2016

Personal Protective Equipment Policies

safety-glasses-864648_1280Personal protective equipment can be the only thing preventing serious injury or death for an employee. Whether gloves protecting fingers from dangerous machinery or hazmat suits protecting employees from life-threatening chemicals, this equipment is vital to employee protection and, as such, is taken very seriously by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and should be taken very seriously by every employer.

To help employers, OSHA created Standard 1910.132, which sets clear, basic standards for personal protective equipment. In addition, certain standards have further clarification for what type of personal protective equipment is required when dealing with those hazards and how they must be maintained. So when creating or updating occupational safety and health policies and procedures, it is important to ensure personal protective equipment is an integral part of them.

If you have not recently ensured all of your occupational safety and health policies and procedures include information relating to the requisite personal protective equipment, it might be a good time to do so. It is important, too, to make sure not only that the policies and procedures name which personal protective equipment is required, but also how it is stored, how it is maintained, and who is responsible for checking to see that it is in good, working order.

If you have any questions about personal protective equipment policies, either how to create them or how to update existing policies to ensure they are compliant, please contact us. If you have anything else to add in relation to industries such as caregiving and personal protective equipment policies, please leave a comment.…

04 May 2016