Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Volunteer Quarterly Safety "Make-Up" Meeting on Wednesday, 11/30/16 at 4:00pm

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

As you all know, we held our 4th volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2016 on Saturday, 11/19/16. 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 Wednesday, 11/30/16 at 4:00pm at our Barrington office in our warehouse. The safety training topic is: "I.D.I.'s Safety Culture."

Included in this safety meeting is a follow up for our last volunteer quarterly safety meeting in which we trained on Behavioral Based Safety.  At our last safety meeting, we trained on the 4 mind states that are known to lead to injuries which are: Rushing, Frustration, Fatigue and Complacency which can lead to not having your Eyes on Task, Mind not on Task, Being in the Line-of-Fire or Loss of Balance, Traction or Grip.  We had asked all of you at the last safety meeting to keep the behavioral based safety training on your mind as you are at job sites and think about whether you noticed the above occurring to you or witnessed it occurring to others and then to be prepared to discuss it in our small group break-outs at our 11/19/16 volunteer quarterly safety meeting.  Maybe you were involved in or witnessed an incident, near-miss, or injury?  If so, what mind states and contributing factors were reasons for the incident?
  
Each field employee who attends this volunteer safety training session will earn 400 safety training incentive points for our current year.  

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.


See you at the meeting!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Final Reminder - Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting - This Saturday, 11/19/16!

Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting Notice

You are invited to attend our 4th volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2016.  

Who is invited?   All employees

When is the meeting?  Saturday, November 19th from 7:00am to 9:00am

Where is the meeting?  At our Barrington Shop/Office
                           (28059 W. Commercial Ave., Barrington, IL)

What is the topic?  “I.D.I.’s Safety Culture”
                          
International Decorators is offering volunteer safety training for all of our employees.  Our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting will be on Saturday, 11/19/16 from 7:00am to about 9:00am at our office. The safety training topic for this meeting is: “I.D.I.’s Safety Culture.” Included in this safety meeting is a follow up for our last volunteer quarterly safety meeting in which we trained on Behavioral Based Safety.  At our last safety meeting, we trained on the 4 mind states that are known to lead to injuries which are: Rushing, Frustration, Fatigue and Complacency which can lead to not having your Eyes on Task, Mind not on Task, Being in the Line-of-Fire or Loss of Balance, Traction or Grip.  We had asked all of you at the last safety meeting to keep the behavioral based safety training on your mind as you are at job sites and think about whether you noticed the above occurring to you or witnessed it occurring to others and then to be prepared to discuss it in our small group break-outs at our 11/19/16 volunteer quarterly safety meeting.  Maybe you were involved in or witnessed an incident, near-miss, or injury?  If so, what mind states and contributing factors were reasons for the incident?  
  
Each field employee who attends this volunteer safety training session will earn 400 safety training incentive points for our current year.  

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.

See you at the meeting!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting Notice

You are invited to attend our 4th volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2016. 

Who is invited?   All employees

When is the meeting?  Saturday, November 19th from 7:00am to 9:00am

Where is the meeting?  At our Barrington Shop/Office
                           (28059 W. Commercial Ave., Barrington, IL)

What is the topic?  “I.D.I.’s Safety Culture”
                         
International Decorators is offering volunteer safety training for all of our employees.  Our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting will be on Saturday, 11/19/16 from 7:00am to about 9:00am at our office. The safety training topic for this meeting is: “I.D.I.’s Safety Culture.” Included in this safety meeting is a follow up for our last volunteer quarterly safety meeting in which we trained on Behavioral Based Safety.  At our last safety meeting, we trained on the 4 mind states that are known to lead to injuries which are: Rushing, Frustration, Fatigue and Complacency which can lead to not having your Eyes on Task, Mind not on Task, Being in the Line-of-Fire or Loss of Balance, Traction or Grip.  We had asked all of you at the last safety meeting to keep the behavioral based safety training on your mind as you are at job sites and think about whether you noticed the above occurring to you or witnessed it occurring to others and then to be prepared to discuss it in our small group break-outs at our 11/19/16 volunteer quarterly safety meeting.  Maybe you were involved in or witnessed an incident, near-miss, or injury?  If so, what mind states and contributing factors were reasons for the incident? 
 
Each field employee who attends this volunteer safety training session will earn 400 safety training incentive points for our current year. 

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.

See you at the meeting!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Complacency is Dangerous!

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

As you know, our recent volunteer quarterly safety training meeting was on Behavioral Based Safety which included the 4 mind-states that are known to be leading causes of injuries.  The 4 mind-states are Rushing, Frustration, Fatigue and Complacency.  These 4 mind-states can cause or contribute to these 4 critical errors: Eyes not on Task, Mind not on Task, Being in the Line of Fire and/or Loss of Balance, Traction and Grip.  

I found a toolbox talk in regards to complacency and I wanted to share it with everyone.  Please see the toolbox talk below.  

Complacency can be defined as self-satisfaction, especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies. Complacency is extremely dangerous in the workplace.  We get so used to things being done the same way every day and we don’t always look at the hazards in our surroundings.  We may also underestimate the risk of tasks that we perform regularly, or fail to notice a change in our environment when we become complacent in our daily routines. When working on the job, there is danger when a person goes on auto-pilot.  All too often we don’t realize how complacent we are until we have a near miss or incident. When something like this happens, it jump starts our heart and then we refocus our attention.  Most incidents are caused by unsafe acts. Companies and employees work hard to create a safe workplace and eliminate unsafe acts.  But what happens to one’s own unsafe behavior?  If you read between the lines of incident reports, you may see that workers involved in the incidents had become complacent about safety.  When workers begin to work in auto-pilot mode, and stop paying attention to what they are doing, that can lead to taking short cuts and taking risks. If employees aren’t thinking about what could go wrong every day, all day while they work, they are not completing the task safely.  Workers need to be trained to think ahead as they approach each task and consider:

· What they are working with
· What they will be doing
· Where they will be going
· What could go wrong

Encourage employees to examine equipment, procedures and the hazards that may exist. They need to focus physically and mentally on their work, no matter how many times they have done the same job in the past. 

Keep an eye on each other and help each other to perform in a safe manner, your loved ones count on it!

Don't let complacency happen to you and to those working around you. 

Have a Safe Day!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Volunteer Safety Meeting - Video Footage : Behavioral Based Safety!

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

Below is some footage from last night's volunteer make-up safety meeting.
We want to say thank you to all of the employees that attended our 9/10/16 and 9/29/16 volunteer safety meetings on Behavioral Based Safety!  We hope this safety session was beneficial to all of you in helping to win the battle against injuries.  We appreciate all of you taking time out of your busy lives to help make our safety culture the best in the construction industry.

Have a Safe Weekend!





Thursday, September 29, 2016

Orange Tape on All 3-Pronged Electrical Tools & Extension Cords on 10/1/16!

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

We began a new quarter on 10/1/16 for our Assured Grounding Program. We are to switch over our cords from the previous quarter's red tape to orange tape.  To all Safety Coordinators, please help keep our employees safe and help keep us OSHA compliant by following our assured grounding program. Please inspect, test and color-code with orange tape all extension cords and 3 pronged electrical tools.  All extension cords and tools 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 the lead person. 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 oulet 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 person. If the cord passes the visual inspection and the cord tester test, you should then remove the previous quarter's red electrical tape and install the orange electrical tape about 1" down from both plug ends. Your cord is now in compliance with our 4th quarter's Assured Grounding Program. The orange tape shall remain in place from 10/1/16 through 12/31/16. You are not quite done yet! All employees now need to visually inspect all electrical cords and tools on a daily basis and if any defects are found, the cord or tool needs to be immediately removed from service.

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 and electrocution. If you have any questions regarding our Assured Grounding Program, please call our Safety Director, Peter Graham, at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Volunteer Quarterly Safety "Make-Up" Meeting on Thursday, 9/29/16 at 4:00pm

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

As you all know, we held our 3rd volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2016 on Saturday, 9/10/16. 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, 9/29/16 at 4:00pm at our Barrington office in our warehouse. The safety training topic is: "Behavioral Based Safety."

This type of training is in line with what we are trying to accomplish with our safety culture. This training focuses on four mind sets which can lead to injuries which are rushing, frustration, fatigue and complacency which can cause or contribute to four critical errors which are eyes not on task, mind not on task, being in the line-of-fire and/or loss of balance/traction and grip which increase the risk of injury.

Each employee that attends this safety meeting will earn 400 volunteer safety training incentive points for our current year.

We are asking everyone to help spread the word to all of our employees so they have the opportunity to attend.

Also if you are planning on attending, please contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham, no later than Wednesday, 9/28/16 at 3:00pm to let him know as we need an approximate head-count for the meeting as we have to prepare materials and for chair rental purposes. Peter can be reached by e-mail at pgraham@4idi.com or text to (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!