Wednesday, July 12, 2017

I.D.I.'s Co-worker Appreciation Event on 8/12/17!

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

It's that time a year again to get together for some family fun and to mingle with co-workers in a non-work environment setting.  Please see the flyer below and contact Christine at our office for your tickets to the Magic Waters Water Park on Saturday, 8/12/17.  This flyer was also inserted in to your paycheck envelopes.  Hope to see you at this free event!

Friday, July 7, 2017

1st Aid/CPR - Be Prepared to Save Someone's Life!

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

When was the last time you took a 1st Aid/CPR course?  Most 1st Aid/CPR cards expire in either a 1 or 2 year period.  Why should you consider taking a 1st Aid/CPR course?  You never know when you may be a bystander near someone going into cardiac arrest.  This may occur at home, work or in a public setting and if you are prepared, you can Save Someone's Life!  

Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States? Unfortunately, most people who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital do not get cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a bystander, which significantly lessens their chances of survival. CPR is easy to learn, and is taught to tens of thousands of people each year.  CPR saves lives.  More than 300,000 people have cardiac arrests in the United States every year.  Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when an electrical rhythm problem occurs and the heart is no longer able to pump blood effectively to the rest of the body. You might see a person suddenly collapse, lose consciousness, and stop breathing. The longer the body goes without circulation, the lower the chance of survival. By performing CPR, you are able to help the person’s blood keep circulating until an ambulance arrives and more advanced tools can be used.  We know that the chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest increases significantly, by more than double, when CPR is started early.

We are encouraging all of our employees to take a 1st Aid/CPR course to help put you in a position to make a difference in someone’s life. 

If you have completed a 1st Aid/CPR course within the past 2 years and if you have not provided a copy of your 1st Aid/CPR card to our Safety Director, please do so by taking a picture of both sides of your card and emailing it to our Safety Director, Peter Graham at

Just a reminder that we also provide our employees with safety incentive points under our Volunteer Safety Training Incentive Program.  For each safety course an employee takes outside of our own I.D.I. volunteer quarterly safety meetings, an employee earns 100 points per hour for each hour of the safety training course.  So, if you voluntarily complete a 1st Aid/CPR course and if the course happens to be a 4-hour course, you would earn 400 points for our current volunteer safety training incentive year.  Then, in December of 2017, we will mail a letter to you explaining your accumulative safety training incentive points total along with a catalog so you can redeem your points for I.D.I. work wearables and many other items.  Please just remember that after you complete a safety training course outside of I.D.I., to take a photos of your safety training certificate or card and e-mail it to along with how many hours long the course was so we can keep track of your incentive points. 

The following is a list of some upcoming 1st Aid/CPR courses at the union trade schools.  If you are interested, please contact your union trade school to get enrolled:

Chicago Carpenters  -   Monday, 7/17/17 in Rockford
                                      Saturday, 8/19/17 in Chicago on Union Ave.
                                      Saturday, 9/16/17 in Elk Grove

District Council 14  –  Saturday, 7/15/17
                                   Saturday, 8/19/17
                                   Saturday, 9/30/17

District Council 30  –  Saturday, 10/21/17

If you have any questions about this article or safety in general, please contact our Safety Director, Safety Pete at (847) 417-1689. 

Have a Safe Day!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Red Tape on All 3-Pronged Electrical Tools & Extension Cords as of 7/1/17!

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

We begin a new quarter for our Assured Grounding Conductor Program on Saturday, 7/1/17.  We are to switch over our cords from green tape to red tape. To all Safety Advocates/Coordinators - please help keep our employees safe and help keep us OSHA compliant by following our assured grounding conductor program. Please inspect, test and color-code with red 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 is 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 green electrical tape and install the red electrical tape about 1" down from both plug ends. Your cord is now in compliance with our 3rd quarter's Assured Grounding Conductor Program. The red tape shall remain in place from 7/1/17 through 9/30/17. 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 Conductor Program, please call our Safety Director, Peter Graham, at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on Saturday, 9/9/17 (Fall Protection)

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

We are just getting the word out that our 3rd volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2017 will be held on Saturday, September 9th at 7:00am. The safety training topic will be Fall Protection!  The safety meeting will be held at our office location in the warehouse at 28059 W. Commercial Ave., Barrington, IL 60010.

Why are we providing safety training on fall protection?  Because, falls are the #1 cause of fatalities in construction in the United States.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 937 fatalities in construction in 2015 and 364 of the fatalities were due to falls from an elevation accounting for 39% of all construction related fatalities.  This means we are averaging losing 1 construction worker per day in the U.S. due to falls.  All of these fall fatalities are preventable!  We want to provide fall protection safety training so that you don’t become one of these statistics. We want for all of our employees to live up to our safety mission statement which is: “Everyone Goes Home Alive and in the Same Condition as They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!”

We encourage everyone to attend for several reasons of which the most important reason is for your safety and for your loved ones. 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 look forward to seeing you on September 9th. Should you have any questions regarding fall protection or the upcoming safety meeting, please call our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Company Provided PPE

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

Yesterday afternoon, I.D.I. held a field safety committee meeting.  One of our safety discussions involved employees showing up to job sites without safety glasses and/or gloves and asking for a new pair of safety glasses and gloves when they arrive at the job site.

International Decorators provides personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety glasses and gloves to our employees.  All we ask is that everybody treats the PPE with care and try to make the most use of the PPE that you can.  If all employees treated the PPE as if they paid for it themselves, this would go along way in helping us to bid jobs more competitively to obtain more work so fewer employees are having to sit and not work.  Helping us to keep our cost down by not wasting money will help to keep more employees working and this benefits everybody.  We were advised that there are times when some employees want a new pair of safety glasses or new pair of gloves every day or more often then needed.  We understand that PPE does not last forever.  We understand that safety glasses get scratched up over time and that gloves tend to get holes in them over time and that employees need to replace them due to deterioration.  We do not want our employees having to work with scratched up safety glasses or deteriorated gloves as this itself can be a safety hazard.  I.D.I. requires safety glasses/eye protection to be worn 100% while at job sites and gloves are required for specific tasks and hazards so we owe it to our employees to provide this PPE.  All we ask is that everybody treats the PPE with care.

Also, keep in mind that not every single job has a gangbox containing extra supplies such as PPE.  An employee could show up to a project with out bringing safety glasses with them and we may not have any at that particular project.  In this scenario, the employee cannot work until he/she has safety glasses.  So, please remember to bring your work boots, hard hat, safety glasses and gloves with you to work everyday.  Then if your PPE needs to be replaced due to deterioration, just show the deteriorated PPE to your lead field supervisor and it will be replaced.  If the lead field supervisor advises that we do not have extra safety glasses or gloves immediately available, then you should contact your superintendent for further direction. I also want to remind everyone that our drivers carry extra PPE on their trucks so we can typically, under most circumstances, get the needed PPE to your site in a fairly short period of time.  Under no circumstances though can we allow an employee to work without the necessary PPE and this is for your safety.

Lastly, we know that most employees care and do their best to make the PPE last.  We are just trying to get everybody on the same page for the benefit of all of our employees.

We appreciate our field safety committee bringing up this matter!

If anyone has any questions about this article, please contact our Safety Director, Safety Pete at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Summer Heat - Drink Plenty of Water and Communicate With Your Supervisors!

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

Summer is here and we are getting 90 plus degree weather this week.  Just putting out a reminder of what to look for as far as heat exhaustion symptoms, prevention methods, etc.  We don't want our employees sustaining heat exhaustion type injuries as they are preventable.

The symptoms of heat stress disorders are very slow to start, but increase in intensity if precautions are not taken. The onset of the initial symptoms are mild and usually involve headaches, thirst, tiredness and weakness. Heat stress can move to heat stroke, a life-threatening medical emergency, quickly when the body's natural cooling system breaks down and causes the body core temperature to rise and overheat the brain. Some of the symptoms of heat stroke are immense thirst, severe headaches, disorientation, dry/hot skin (no sweating) and possibly collapse.

The following ideas may aid in combating heat stress disorders:
1. Employees accustomed to working in the heat are better candidates for job assignments where heat stress disorders may occur.
2. Until employees acclimate to the high temperatures, allow them for short frequent breaks to cool down.
3. If heat is affecting employees, it’s a good idea to rotate employees job tasks from the heat exposure area to a non-heat exposure area on a regular basis to help in avoiding heat stress symptoms.
4. Employees are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids (water, Gatorade, Powerade, etc.) to replace electrolytes. Water is actually the best choice. Employees should not drink any carbonated beverages (Coke, Pepsi, Energy drinks, etc.) as these only increase dehydration and give a false sense of being properly hydrated. Also, the use of alcohol the evening before the work shift, can lead to dehydration even before heat exposure.

We need to keep an eye on each other and if an employee appears to be suffering from heat stress disorder, remove him or her from the heat and provide a cool, shaded place to rest and provide them with plenty of water. If the employee is disoriented or non-responsive, call for medical attention immediately, (911 in most areas). The goal is to recognize the hazards and symptoms of heat stress disorders and stop them before they occur. Remember, there is no better cure than prevention. Everybody working in the heat should be communicating and checking on each other

As always, if you are having to take extra breaks due to the extreme heat, you must notify your lead supervisor who in turn must contact your Superintendent.  

Should you have any questions regarding heat related stress, you are encouraged to call our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689. 
Have a Safe Day!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Aerial Lift Training Cards - in paycheck envelopes / mail

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

We want to thank all of you who attended our volunteer quarterly safety meeting held on 5/6/17 or the make-up meeting held on 5/17/17 on aerial lift safety.  We hope this meeting was beneficial towards your safety and personal well being.  Each of you who attended is being issued an aerial lift safety training wallet card.  If you worked for the week ending 5/27/17, your aerial lift wallet card will be in your paycheck envelope that you receive this week, so please look for it.  If you did not work for the week ending 5/27/17, we are mailing the aerial lift training cards to your home address.  In the event that you attended this safety meeting, however, you don't receive your aerial lift training card in this week's paycheck envelope or in the regular mail, please contact our Safety Director, Safety Pete, so he can get a card issued to you.

As always, please let me know of any questions.

Have a Safe Day!