Monday, February 20, 2017

Volunteer Quarterly Safety "Make-Up" Meeting on Thursday, 3/2/17 at 4:00pm!!!

Good afternoon to all I.D.I. employees,

As you all know, we held our 1st volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2017 on Saturday, 2/18/17. We had a terrific turn out and we want to extend a big thank you to all of you that attended.  We hope that the meeting was beneficial to you in the battle against injuries.

We offer a volunteer make-up meeting for those that could not attend the regularly scheduled safety meeting either due to working for I.D.I. on the Saturday of the meeting or due to unforeseen circumstances, etc.

The volunteer quarterly safety make-up meeting is being held on  Thursday, 3/2/17 at 4:00pm at our Barrington office. The safety training topic is: "Baker Scaffold & Mini-Perry Scaffold Safety."

Baker scaffolds and mini-Perry scaffolds (mobile workstands) are one of the most common pieces of equipment our employees use when they need to increase their work height.  We want to ensure that everyone is aware of how to use this equipment safely, how and when to inspect this equipment, when to use safety rails, etc.  Our goal of this training is to prevent injuries/incidents involving baker type scaffolds.

Each field employee (non-Safety Advocates) who attends this volunteer safety training session will earn 400 safety training incentive points for our current year.

We will also be distributing the 2016 safety incentives to the employees that participated in last years incentive program.

We look forward to seeing you at our volunteer quarterly safety make-up meeting on 3/2/17.

Should you have any questions about this meeting, please ask your Superintendent or contact           our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689 or at pgraham@4idi.com.

Have a Safe Day!
  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Final Reminder - Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on Saturday, 2/18/17 at 7:00am!

Good afternoon to all I.D.I. employees,

Just putting out a final reminder that our first Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting of 2017 is being held this coming Saturday, February 18th at 7:00am at our main office located at 28059 W. Commercial Ave., Barrington, IL.  The main training topic will be on Baker Scaffold and Mini-Perry Scaffold Safety.

Baker scaffolds and mini-Perry scaffolds (mobile workstands) are one of the most common pieces of equipment our employees use when they need to increase their work height.  We want to ensure that everyone is aware of how to use this equipment safely, how and when to inspect this equipment, when to use safety rails, etc.  Our goal of this training is to prevent injuries/incidents involving baker type scaffolds.

In the meantime, keep safety at the forefront of your mind with each task that you perform. Everyone should be participating in the mandatory 5-minute morning daily safety huddles to help promote everyone performing in a safe manner.  Some quick reminders - 100% hard hats, safety glasses & work boots.  Check your extension cords and electrical cords daily and remove them from service if defective. Inspect all tools, equipment, scaffold and aerial lifts prior to use and again, remove them from service if they are defective.  Face shield and fire extinguishers required for chop saw and partner saw use.  Fall protection required for all employees exposed to falls of 6' or more to lower levels.  No standing on the top 2 steps of portable A-frame step ladders and can only use in the fully open position with the spreader arms locked.  Keep an eye on each other and help keep our I.D.I. family members safe so they can go home each day to their loved ones in the same condition as they arrived.

We look forward to seeing you at our volunteer quarterly safety meeting on 2/18/17.

Should you have any questions related to safety, please discuss with your lead field supervisor, your Superintendent and/or contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Below are photos of I.D.I. employees that were "Caught Working Safely" while on baker type scaffolds!
Painter, Joe Bellich - caught using a mini-Perry scaffold with the wheels locked and working at a safe rung level height!
Painter, Dennis Johnson was caught working safely on a low height baker scaffold with locked wheels!
Acoustic Carpenter, Chris Frankowski was caught working safely on a baker scaffold with locked wheels!

Great job Ismael Davila - wheels locked and working at a safe rung level height!



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I.D.I. Forming New 2017 Field Safety Committee!

As you all know, International Decorators has 2 Safety Committees.  One consists of management personnel and the other consists of field personnel.  Our 2016 Field Safety Committee has concluded and we are seeking field personnel to fill the vacant positions.  We are looking for a framer, drywall hanger, taper, painter and an acoustic carpenter to serve a 1 year volunteer commitment as a Field Safety Committee member.  This committee meets once every other month with the Safety Director (Safety Pete) starting in late February 2016, meaning that you would serve for 6 meetings during a 1 year period.  The meetings are typically held on a weekday at our office from 3:00pm – 4:30pm.  The meeting agenda typically consists of:

ü  A review of our safety goals.

ü  Recent injuries discussion & prevention methods.

ü  Updating and developing safety policies.

ü  Safety hazards that have been identified in the field and what we as a company can do to eliminate them or reduce them to an acceptable risk.

ü  Future safety training needs, etc.

This is basically a safety brain storming session and we are looking for your input to help us to sustain and improve on our “Safety Culture.”  The main purpose of the Field Safety Committee is about ensuring that you and your fellow co-workers have a safe environment to work in.  If you are interested in making a difference and helping out yourself, your co-workers and your employer, please contact your Superintendent first, to discuss your interest level and then contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham by e-mail at pgraham@4idi.com.  Here’s a little carrot! – each meeting includes pizza, some lame comedy from Safety Pete and some end of the year recognition.

Have a Safe Day!

Friday, January 13, 2017

I.D.I. Employees - Free OSHA 30-hour Course Offering (1/24/17 - 1/27/17)!!!!!

Good morning to all I.D.I. employees,

We have been presented with an opportunity to offer "free" OSHA 30-Hour safety training for up to 5 employees.  This 4-day course is being held starting on Tuesday, 1/24/17 and runs through Friday, 1/27/17.  The course meets each day from 8:00am to 4:00pm and is being held in Schaumburg, IL.

If you would like to take advantage of this free OSHA 30-Hour course offering, contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham no later than Wednesday, 1/18/17 at 4:00pm.  If you are going to be attending this course, you need to be able to attend all 4 sessions, otherwise, please do not sign up for it.

This course is offered to those employees that do not have an OSHA 30-Hour card or to those that don't have an OSHA 30-Hour card that is current with in the past 3 years.  So, if you don't have an OSHA 30-Hour card or if your's is more than 3 years old, you can take advantage of this free offering.  Please keep in mind that there are only 5 seats available so you will be registered on a first come - first serve basis.

If you have any questions or if you would like to get registered, please contact Safety Pete at (847) 417-1689 or by e-mail at pgraham@4idi.com.

Have a Safe Day!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on Saturday, 2/18/17 at 7:00am!

Good morning to all I.D.I. employees,

Just getting the word out that our first Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting of 2017 will be held on Saturday, February 18th at 7:00am at our main office located at 28059 W. Commercial Ave., Barrington, IL.  The main training topic will be on Baker Scaffold and Mini-Perry Scaffold Safety.

Baker scaffolds and mini-Perry scaffolds (mobile workstands) are one of the most common pieces of equipment our employees use when they need to increase their work height.  We want to ensure that everyone is aware of how to use this equipment safely, how and when to inspect this equipment, when to use safety rails, etc.  Our goal of this training is to prevent injuries/incidents involving baker type scaffolds.

In the meantime, keep safety at the forefront of your mind with each task that you perform. Everyone should be participating in the mandatory 5-minute morning daily safety huddles to help promote everyone performing in a safe manner.  Some quick reminders - 100% hard hats, safety glasses & work boots.  Check your extension cords and electrical cords daily and remove them from service if defective. Inspect all tools, equipment, scaffold and aerial lifts prior to use and again, remove them from service if they are defective.  Face shield and fire extinguishers required for chop saw and partner saw use.  Fall protection required for all employees exposed to falls of 6' or more to lower levels.  No standing on the top 2 steps of portable A-frame step ladders and can only use in the fully open position with the spreader arms locked.  Keep an eye on each other and help keep our I.D.I. family members safe so they can go home each day to their loved ones in the same condition as they arrived.

We look forward to seeing you at our volunteer quarterly safety meeting on 2/18/17.

Should you have any questions related to safety, please discuss with your lead field supervisor, your Superintendent and/or contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Below are photos of I.D.I. employees that were "Caught Working Safely" while on baker type scaffolds!
Painter, Joe Bellich - caught using a mini-Perry scaffold with the wheels locked and working at a safe rung level height!
Painter, Dennis Johnson was caught working safely on a low height baker scaffold with locked wheels!
Acoustic Carpenter, Chris Frankowski was caught working safely on a baker scaffold with locked wheels!

Great job Ismael Davila - wheels locked and working at a safe rung level height!




Thursday, December 29, 2016

White Tape on All 3-Pronged Electrical Tools & Extension Cords on 1/1/17!

Good morning to all I.D.I. employees:

We begin a new quarter for our Assured Grounding Conductor Program on January 1st, 2017. To all Safety Advocates/Coordinators - please help keep our employees safe and help keep us OSHA compliant by following our assured grounding conductor program.  We need your help in overseeing that we inspect, test and color-code with white tape, all 3 pronged electrical tools and extension cords. All electrical tools and cords need to be visually inspected. If you see any defects in the cords such as bare wires, severe kinks, missing or damaged ground prong, the cord pulling away from the plug end housing, etc., then that tool or cord would need to be immediately removed from service and reported to your lead field supervisor. If your tool/cord passes the visual inspection, your next step is to test the cord with a receptacle tester. First, you should test the outlet that you will be plugging your cord into to ensure that it is properly wired. You should see 2 yellow lights lit up on your tester and the red light should be off. This means the outlet is working appropriately. Next, plug your cord into the outlet and then test the cord with the receptacle tester. Again, you should see the same light pattern as mentioned above and this would mean the cord passed the test and it is good and safe to use. Any other light pattern means that there is a problem with the cord and the cord needs to be removed from service and reported to your lead field supervisor. If the cord passes the visual inspection and the cord tester test, you should then remove the previous quarter's orange electrical tape and install the white electrical tape about 1" down from both plug ends. Your cord is now in compliance with our 1st quarter's Assured Grounding Program. The white tape shall remain in place from 1/1/17 through 3/31/17. You are not quite done yet! You now need to visually inspect all electrical cords and tools on a daily basis and if any defects are found, the cord needs to be immediately removed from service.

If you do not have white electrical tape, please contact your superintendent so we can coordinate getting the white tape to you.

Thank you for taking the time to ensure your electrical tools and cords are in safe working order. Your actions may prevent one of our family members from sustaining an electrical shock type injury or worse yet, an electrocution. If you have any questions regarding our Assured Grounding Program, please contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham, at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Working in Extremely Cold Weather Safety!

Good afternoon to all I.D.I. employees:

It is dangerously cold out and working in the cold can cause several types of cold stress injuries.  People who are exposed to lower temperatures are at risk for injuries ranging from frostbite to serious loss of body heat (hypothermia) which could result in brain damage or death.

Dress warmly, in layers. Preserving an air space between the body and the outer layer of clothing will help retain body heat. Choose fabrics such as cotton or wool, which insulate but also allow sweat to evaporate. It is especially important to protect the feet, hands, head, and face. These parts of the body are farthest from the heart and are the hardest to keep warm. Almost half your body heat can be lost through the head, so cover it up as well. 

Keep dry. Wetness greatly increases the chance of cold stress. Always have extra clothing available if there's a chance you could get wet. Keep your feet dry, they are very susceptible to frostbite.

Take a break. You may think it's wise to keep on working in cold temperatures. After all, working makes you break a sweat and you feel warmer. But if you become fatigued during physical activity, your body loses its ability to properly retain heat. This causes rapid cooling which can quickly lead to cold stress. When you take a break, be sure to replace lost fluids and calories by drinking warm, sweet, caffeine-free nonalcoholic drinks and soup.  If you are getting overly fatigued in cold weather, developing frostbite or hypothermia discuss with your Field Supervisor and/or Superintendent about taking a short break.

Eat right. A proper diet provides your body with the nutrients it needs to withstand cold stress. A restrictive diet may deprive your body the ability to work well in cold temperatures.

Learn what to look out for. The effects of cold stress may not be apparent to its victim. The first symptoms of hypothermia are uncontrollable shivering and the sensation of cold. The heartbeat slows and may become irregular, and the pulse weakens. As the condition worsens, severe shaking or rigid muscles may be evident. The victim may also have slurred speech, memory lapses, and drowsiness. Cool skin, slow, irregular breathing, and exhaustion occur as the body temperature drops even lower. This is a serious condition requiring immediate medical attention.

Frostbite can occur without accompanying hypothermia. Frostbite occurs when the fluids around the body's tissues freeze. The most vulnerable parts of the body are the nose, cheeks, ears, fingers, and toes. Symptoms of frostbite include coldness and tingling in the affected part, followed by numbness; changes in skin color to white or grayish-yellow, initial pain, which subsides as the condition, worsens, and possibly blisters. Frostbite can cause irreversible tissue damage and requires immediate medical attention.

If you work in lower-temperature environments, always be alert for the possibility of cold stress. Follow these guidelines to help protect yourself from injury. Remember that it doesn't have to be freezing for cold stress to occur. Take steps to protect yourself.
If you are working outside or in spaces that are not protected from the exterior environment, communicate with your field supervisor and Superintendent of any cold-weather safety related concerns or issues that you may have.  Should you have any questions about working in the cold, please contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!