Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Orange Tape on All 3-Pronged Electrical Tools & Extension Cords on 10/1/14!

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

We begin a new quarter on Wednesday, 10/1/14 for our Assured Grounding Program. We provided orange tape for distribution to the Safety Coordinators at our volunteer quarterly safety meeting that was held on 9/6/14.  To all Safety Coordinators - tomorrow, please inspect, test and color-code with orange 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 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 Ground Program. The orange tape shall remain in place from 10/1/14 through 12/31/14. 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.

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!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Consecutive Days With No Lost-Time Injuries - Exceeds 500!!!!!

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

We have reached another safety milestone regarding our consecutive days worked streak without anyone sustaining a lost-time injury.  You may recall that back on July 28th, 2014, we posted an article about our consecutive days worked streak reaching 438 days, which was a record for the past 15 years.  We have now passed the 500 day mark as today we are now 501 consecutive days worked since our last lost-time injury which had occurred in May, 2013. 

Awesome job Everyone!

Great job on looking out for each other's well being and for your own personal safety.  Let's continue to work together as a team to help us reach our next safety milestone date of November 1st, 2014.  If we can work up to 11/1/14 without sustaining a lost-time injury, we will not only have worked 533 consecutive days without a lost-time injury, but we will have also gone a full worker's compensation insurance policy year without a lost-time injury occuring.  Twice in the past 15 years, we have gone a full worker's compensation policy year with having 1 lost-time injury but never having zero. 

Please continue to do your part by making good choices and choosing to work safe.  Please continue to look out for each other's well being.  If you see one of our I.D.I. family members not making the right choice and working in an unsafe manner, you are obligated to approach them to encourage them to work safe for the sake of themselves, their loved ones and for International Decorators, Inc.  Safety is everyone's responsibility and you do have the personal choice to work safe.  If you have any questions regarding safety, please contact our Safety Director, Safety Pete at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!