Wednesday, December 29, 2021

White Tape on All 3-Pronged Electrical Tools & Extension Cords as of 1/1/22!

 Good morning to all IDI employees:


We begin a new quarter on 1/1/22 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 1/1/22 through 3/31/22. 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 Director of Risk, Peter Graham, at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Friday, December 10, 2021

2021 Volunteer Safety Training Incentive Program is Underway!

Hello to all IDI employees,

As you know, we held our 4th and final volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2021 in mid-November.  We truly appreciate everyone who attended and to those who participated in our 2021 volunteer quarterly safety meetings.  You are what makes our safety culture the industry leader in safety!

As you know, IDI provides safety training incentive points for attending our volunteer quarterly safety meetings of which are redeemable for IDI logo'd wearables and several other items.  This year, instead of mailing out a catalog, our partner supplier, American Outfitters, has created a website store for online ordering.  If you attended at least one of our 2021 volunteer quarterly safety meetings or if you are a non-apprentice who attended safety training outside of our company last year and you provided our Director of Risk, Peter Graham, with a copy of your safety training cards or certificates, you should have received an email this morning which would contain your volunteer safety training incentive points letter, a link the website store to place your orders and instructions on how to place our orders. 

All orders need to be placed by 5:00pm on Monday, 12/27/21 - No Exceptions!

Please check your email to ensure you received an email from Peter Graham.  If you didn't, please send a text to Peter Graham.  

We want to thank everyone who participated in our 2021 volunteer quarterly safety meetings.  This shows your committment towards our safety culture, your personal safety and towards your loved ones.  Thank you for helping us to live up to our safety missions statement - "Everyone Goes Home Alive And In The Same Condition As They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!"


Have a Safe Day!

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Our 4th & Final Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on 11/13/21 (In-Person!)

Hello all IDI employees, 

Just a reminder that our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting (V.Q.S.M.) is soon approaching and is being held on Saturday, 11/13/21 from 7:00am to 9:00am.  This will be an in-person volunteer quarterly safety meeting held at our Barrington office location at 28059 W. Commercial Ave.

All employees in attendance will be required to wear a face covering regardless of their Covid-19 vaccination status. 

We can't wait to get together to see everyone in person as we haven't met in person as one team since February 2020 due to Covid-19 and the state of Illinois previous mandates.  We provide safety training through our V.Q.S.M.'s because we care about you and your loved ones.  We provide this training because of our safety mission statement:  "Everyone Goes Home Alive and in the Same Condition as They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!"

Also, as far as the make-up safety meetings go - moving foward, the make-up safety meetings will only be offered to employees that could not attend the regularly scheduled V.Q.S.M. that was held on a Saturday due to working for IDI during the V.Q.S.M.  

We look forward to see you on 11/13/21. In the meantime, keep looking out for each other and take care of your brothers and sisters as we are all one family!

Have a Safe Day!

 

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on 11/13/21 (In-Person!)

Good morning to all IDI employees,

Just getting the word out that our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting is being held on Saturday, 11/13/21 from 7:00am to 9:00am.  This will be an in-person volunteer quarterly safety meeting held at our Barrington office location at 28059 W. Commercial Ave.

All employees in attendance will be required to wear a face covering regardless of their Covid-19 vaccination status. 

We will provide more details about this safety meeting as we get closer to the meeting date.  We provide safety training through our volunteer quarterly safety meetings because we care about you, your loved ones and the health of the company.  We provide this training because of our safety mission statement:  "Everyone Goes Home Alive and in the Same Condition as They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!"

We look forward to finally getting back together as one team under the same roof as our last in-person volunteer quarterly safety meeting was held in February 2020.  We hope to see you on November 13, 2021. 

In the meantime, keep looking out for each other.  Take care of your brothers and sisters as we are all one family!

Have a Safe Day!

 


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Orange Tape on All 3-Pronged Electrical Tools & Extension Cords as of 10/1/21!

 Good afternoon to all IDI employees:


We begin a new quarter for our Assured Grounding Conductor Program on Friday, 10/1/21.  We are to switch over our cords from red tape to orange tape. To all Safety Advocates - 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 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 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 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 Conductor Program. The orange tape shall remain in place from 10/1/21 through 12/31/21. 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!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Hello to all IDI employees,

International Decorators is a member of the Great Lakes Construction Association (GLCA). GLCA is hosting an awesome free event to all of their members.  The event is GLCA's 2021 Tailgate Cook-Off. There will be teams cooking burgers, sausage, seafood, chicken, pizza, ribs, pork, brisket and mixing bloody Mary's and Margaritas.  They currently have over 25 teams cooking and competing in the event. This is all free to you and your family!

This means that you and your families are invited to attend this free event which is being held on Saturday, 9/11/21 from 11:00am to 6:00pm.  GLCA had 1,200 people in attendance when they last held this event in 2019. (cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19)  GLCA is advertising that they will have face painting, bounce houses, inflatable obstacles, family games, a terrific band, prizes and a few other activities. 

The location of the Tailgate Cook-Off is at the Lake County Fair Grounds located at 1060 East Peterson Road, Grayslake, IL. 60030.  

If you and/or your family want to attend this free event, you need to RSVP to Lorraine at events@greatlakesca.org or you can call Lorraine at GLCA at (847) 623-2345 and let her know you want to register for this event.  Just let Lorraine know you are an employee of International Decorators.

IDI participated in the cook-off when it was last held in 2019; we had a great turnout of employees and we all had a great time, however, this year, we will not be cooking at this event due to unforeseen circumstances.  Please see the flyer below for some additional info.

Have a Safe Day!

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Our "In-Person" Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting is Cancelled? (Video/Quiz Format Instead)

Good morning to all IDI employees, 

As you know from previous e-blasts and posts on our safety blog, we were planning on holding our next or 3rd volunteer quarterly safety meeting in-person at our office on Saturday, 8/21/21.  Due to the Covid Delta variant rearing its ugly head and due to recent CDC guidelines, we will not be meeting together in-person.  This is very unfortunate as we were looking forward to getting together with everyone as we haven't been able to do so for the past 5 quarters. 

Instead, we will be doing our 3rd volunteer quarterly safety meeting in the same format as the previous 5 safety meetings which were a safety training video format along with a 10-question quiz.  

Please be on the lookout for an email over the next 2 weeks containing the information for our 3rd volunteer quarterly safety meeting and that email will contain a link to watch a safety training video and a link to take a quiz.  Your volunteer participation in our quarterly safety meeting training sessions is much, much appreciated and vital in helping to prevent injuries!

I also wanted to mention that most of you received a text from me this morning around 10:19am, that said: our "In-Person" volunteer quarterly safety meeting is cancelled due to Covid.  More info to follow.  Just letting you know that we are using a new service for sending mass text messages out to our employees.  We will be using this texting service to get short quick message alerts out and if needed, we will then provide more info in an email. 

If anyone has any questions about our 3rd volunteer quarterly safety meeting, please contact our Safety Director, Safety Pete.

Have a Safe Day!