Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting - Health, Wellness & Preventative Care on 2/16/19!

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

Just putting out a final reminder that our next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting is being held this coming Saturday, 2/16/19 at 7:00am at our Barrington office location.

The safety training topic is:  Health, Wellness & Preventative Care!  This topic relates to the well being of all of our employees.  We will have a guest presenter who is a professional on this subject matter providing this training.  She will be helping to educate us all on how to live a healthy lifestyle and providing tools and guidance we can all use.  This topic is about you and your loved ones!

All employees in attendance that are non-Safety Advocates will earn 400 volunteer safety training incentive points towards our 2019 volunteer safety training incentive program.

Also, we will be distributing the items that you ordered from our 2018 volunteer safety training incentive catalog.

Should you have any questions about this safety meeting, please ask your Superintendent or contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham.

We look forward to see you at the meeting!

Have a Safe Day!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Working in Extremely Cold Weather Safety!

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

It's Captain Obvious hear to point out that it is dangerously cold out and working in the cold can cause several types of cold stress injuries.  Working in cold conditions isn't just uncomfortable, it can be dangerous.  Frostbite, numbness, dehydration and hypothermia are real concerns from chilly outdoor weather.  If you are working outdoors this winter, be aware of the dangers and stay safe.  

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 symptoms of frostbite or hypothermia, you need to stop work and report it to 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 so we can address them.  Also, we are all in this together.  Look out for each other, check on each other, communicate with each other to ensure our brothers and sisters are safe!  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!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting - Health, Wellness & Preventative Care on 2/16/19!

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

Our next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting is being held on Saturday, 2/16/19 at 7:00am at our Barrington office location.

The safety training topic is:  Health, Wellness & Preventative Care!  This topic relates to the well being of all of our employees.  We will have a guest presenter who is a professional on this subject matter providing this training.  She will be helping to educate us all on how to live a healthy lifestyle and providing tools and guidance we call all use.  This topic is about you and your loved ones!

All employees in attendance that are non-Safety Advocates will earn 400 volunteer safety training incentive points towards our 2019 volunteer safety training incentive program.

Also, we will be distributing the items that you ordered from our 2018 volunteer safety training incentive catalog.

Please mark your calendar for February 16th, 2019!

Should you have any questions about this safety meeting, please ask your Superintendent or contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham.

We look forward to see you at the meeting!

Have a Safe Day!



Thursday, January 3, 2019

I.D.I. Forming New 2019 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 2018 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 January 2019, 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 incident/injury 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, 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!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

White Tape on All 3-Pronged Electrical Tools & Extension Cords as of 1/1/19!

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

We began a new quarter on 1/1/19 for our Assured Grounding Conductor Program. We are to switch over our cords from the previous quarter's orange tape to white tape.  To all Safety Advocates & Lead Field Supervisors, 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 white 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 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 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 Conductor Program. The white tape shall remain in place from 1/1/19 through 3/31/19. 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 need a roll of white tape, please contact your Superintendent. 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!