Friday, January 9, 2015

Last Chance to Turn in Your 2014 Volunteer Safety Training Incentive Order Forms!

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

This is just a reminder to turn in your 2014 Volunteer Safety Training Incentive Order Forms.  If you participated in this program last year by attending at least one of our volunteer quarterly safety meetings or by completing safety training outside the company and you turned in your training cards or training certificates to our Safety Director, Peter Graham; you should have therefore received a catalog, order form and instructions in the mail shortly before Christmas, 2014.  In the instructions letter, we had asked everyone to get their order forms turned in to Safety Pete no later than 1/7/15.  We mailed out the catalogs to 177 employees that participated in the program and so far we have received back 108 order forms.  We want for you to be rewarded for your involvement in our safety culture and for your time in attending the safety training courses.  We cannot keep this program open forever and our product supplier needs time to get the clothing items embroidered, etc.  So we are providing one last chance to get your order forms turned in.  Please have the the order forms turned in to Peter Graham by Friday, 1/16/15.  You can mail them in, you can fax them to (847) 526-7444, you can e-mail them to or you can hand your order form to a driver or superintendent.  Your points cannot be rolled over to the next year so if you don't use them, you lose them. 

If you have any questions regarding the above, please call our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Monday, January 5, 2015

White Tape on All 3-Pronged Electrical Tools & Extension Cords on 1/1/15!

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

Happy New Year Everyone!

We began a new quarter on 1/1/15 for our Assured Grounding Program. We provided white tape for distribution to the Safety Coordinators at our volunteer quarterly safety meeting that was held on 12/6/14. 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 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 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 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 1/1/15 through 3/31/15. 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!