Companies Behaving Badly-Delusion

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Welcome back for another episode of Companies Behaving Badly and the dog days of summer.

I must tell you all, I’m confused and maybe getting delusional.  It began with my very first job at 14 years old, working for my uncle who had a store in a Bronx neighborhood that sold curtains, drapes, linen, bedding, bathroom items and so on.  Until I started working for him, I had only dealt with my uncle at family gatherings, weddings, bar mitzvahs, funerals and holidays and he was a really cool and kind gentleman who never raised his voice.  However, the man I saw at work was not my uncle as he transformed into a loud, barking first Sargent and I’d cringe when he’d yell at a employee for making a mistake.  He freely used words that I had only recently learned in the school yard, they weren’t like your usual motivational words of today, but they were back then.  Nobody cared about your feelings, men didn’t cry, it was about just getting the job done right, the first time and if you couldn’t take it, then git!  Training was not part of the plan then either, you watched someone else do it, until you were deemed ready and God help you if you weren’t ready to fly, the feedback was brutal.  Are you stupid?  How many times do we have to do this?  They said you were smart?  My Grandmother got this in five minutes, I don’t know why they hired you?  I thought (insert ethnicity of choice) were smarter, stronger or faster then that?  I was lucky, my uncle took the time to personally train me how to gift wrap packages, I was family.  This is one talent that has always come in handy and still use to this day.  Bosses lead by giving you a swift kick in the ass, like that was suppose to help get your brain in gear and bawling someone out in front of their peers and calling them all kinds of names with threats of termination for their stupidity was employee feedback of the nth degree.  It was odd since socially, people were very polite to one another, said please and thank you, may I and excuse me.

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Years later when I began working at a local supermarket, my training once again was watching others do something until I got it, OSHA still wasn’t established yet and where I heard the immortal words, “you’re not paid to think.”  As it does, times changed and so did management styles as leadership became more of a coach then a two fisted task master.   The bosses I have had that were yellers and screamers were successful at their jobs, they met and exceeded goals, kept a safe workplace and spun hay into gold and now I was being told that they were wrong.  I was attending supervisory training classes that were contradicting all that my mentors including my uncle had taught me.  Threats and verbal abuse is not how you treat workers after all, we no want to develop people.  Be respectful of their feelings, communication instead of dictation, listen to their feedback as we want workers who can think on their feet.

It meant I had to change as well.

I have to admit, it was hard to change at first.  I enjoyed yelling at people and telling them what to do but the classes, training and feedback really showed me that this was the way to go with people.  So much so that I became an advocate and embraced this new wave of leadership to the dismay of many other supervisors and managers.  Thanks to open communication with my staff we slowly began to out produce other shifts and not only making goals but exceeding them.  Our incidence of machine down time drastically dropped as did the number of accidents and so did the amount of those who called in sick.  After 6 months people on other shifts started bidding to to join our team.  My crew consisted of whites, blacks, latinos, indians-(sikh, hindi and buddhist) and by working together, for a common cause, getting the product packaged, we did one hell of a job and that’s because they wanted to be a very big part of the process and they were, because they were treated with respect.

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Now after all these years of developing people through coaching, mentoring and leadership to improve retention, production, safety and work environment, I hear leaders going back to bully and threaten, using unflattering name calling an openly lying as well as refusing to take responsibility for their actions or pointing the finger at others just to be able to put a few dollars more their pockets!  That’s why I’m delusional right now.  No matter what one boss does, on another shift, another business or in a dumpy white house, always treat those you work with, with the greatest respect all the time and I guarantee when that other boss can’t deliver the goods because of his actions to staff, the company will jump in and they’ll eventually be fired.

When ever I think of poor leadership I always immediately think of the United States Postal Service.  USPS closes Pulaski post office citing safety reasons  What is so sad is that no one in management/leadership there had the brains to do something so a worker had to file a complaint with OSHA.  The heat in the place along with the humidity was stifling.  Now you see why I think that.  If leadership had looked at the problem and worked with employees they could have planned the shutdown better as well so as not to inconvenience the customer but that is also something they are not capable of.  At least at the New York Public Library main building, at the time I worked there, when the heat index hit a certain number, wish I could remember what it was, you were allowed to go home or keep working at time and a half.  I was very young so I would work for the extra money.  Too bad the postal union, which has been very quiet, to the point that I don’t think they exist any longer couldn’t get their workers extra money for working in those conditions.  Remember people, your employees make you look good so take care of them.

Here’s a company that has no respect at all for it’s employees. South Jersey Manufacturing Business Cited Again For Safety Violations: OSHA  Aluminum Shapes LLC. is so concerned about employee safety that after workers entered a tank to drain sludge containing dehydrated sodium hydroxide, aluminum oxide and decomposed metal and experienced chemical burns on their skin, their supervisor sent them back in, which put one worker in the hospital.   Then another employee broke his pelvis after getting caught between unguarded moving parts.  As you’d expect instead of taking responsibility for their actions they blamed OSHA and the news media.  YEA! OSHA and the news media forced their workers into the tank.  What morons.  To top it off, OSHA found a total of 51 violations and a proposed fine of $1,922,895.  Sounds more like it’s managements lack of leadership is the fault.  Never keep quiet about safety.  If you run into a company like this and they are not listening to your concerns on safety, make that anonymous call to the OSHA HOT LINE at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).  Your life is NO less valuable then your bosses.

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Another company that has no respect for workers, OSHA slaps Bay Area Athletic Club with $195,000 fine  This is over an emergency eyewash and shower station.  The original violation goes back to 2015 and it’s costing $300 a day until it’s fixed so the total penalty right now is at $574,110.  The jerk who oversees this company, Mark McPeek won’t spring for the eye wash even though his employees handle hydrochloric acid, sodium hypochlorite and other extreme pH chemicals.  But not surprised since he can’t mange his way out of a paper bag.  His excuse to not having mandatory safety meetings is 1-he doesn’t want to pay people for spending time in meetings and 2-He said it’s too difficult to coordinate the meetings for the different shifts.  What a lazy man, I had no problem coordinating monthly safety meeting for 125 people over 3 shifts.  You have to want to do it an well, when you don’t care what happens to your staff, you don’t want to.  Don’t understand why they haven’t shut this business down.  

This is an issue that needs to be addressed as I suspect there are companies who are taking advantage of workers who don’t speak english well or are easy to threaten to do unsafe work.  Lawmakers call on Acosta to address Latino workplace deaths  Latino workers have a 18% higher death rate on the job then the average worker.  It’s not because they’re more careless or less intelligent, it’s because they are not treated as well as other workers by some employers.  All people matter as do their lives.  They deserve the same fall protection, PPE, safety meetings and training as any other worker.  Si ve a alguien siendo intimidado o amenazado con hacer un trabajo de manera no segura, no se quede callado. Llame a la Línea Directa de OSHA 1-800-321-6742

Training is the most critical element of safety.  People need to know how to do the job, how to respond in an emergency and a drill helps reenforce that training and help deal with when the unexpected happens.  In pictures: Laois fire crews train for farm accidents  and the city of Bowling Green Fire Department has adopted new policies addressing a variety of issues including workplace pranks.  City adopts new operating procedures for fire department  There is no place in any job for horseplay.  It’s usually all fun and games until someone gets hurt, someone gets denied workers comp, someone gets angry at someone else, lost productivity, damaged equipment and so on.  There are other ways to have fun on the job.  This is also cool since it’s great to see them reviewing and updating their policies and procedures which is something you should do annually as well.

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This is troubling, EPA Decided Preventing a West, Texas-Style Accident Wasn’t a Priority. So 11 AGs Are Suing  Yes, that’s right.  If you live near a chemical plant the EPA, charged with protecting the air you breath and the water you drink has decided, well if it blows up, it’s your bad for living there.  Right now the special interest are more concerned with making profits for themselves and supporting friends to become rich and they’re hedging that with your lives.  However, there are people who care and right now 11 Attorney Generals of 11 states are suing the EPA to make it right.  Don’t sit back and wait, encourage these AGs and your politicians to fix this by writing them a nice letter that you’d like to live as long as possible.

Then in Wisconsin, they are so desperate they’re waving all environmental laws just so foxxconn can build a plant.  Wisconsin Governor Calls Special Session On Foxconn Deal and offer 3000 jobs to locals.  The intensions are good but as you know the road to hell is paved with good intensions especially when you jump without really looking.  Jobs are important but so is living.  My main concern, when we rush to fast is that there is the potential to wind up with another love canal. (google it)  Then we can ask over and over, why?  Were the tax breaks and the amount of jobs worth the mounting medical expenses generated from all the cases of cancer and other illnesses related to the poorly managed disposal of dangerous chemicals and materials.  I guess it all comes down to which side of the equation you’re on.  

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It’s HOT.  Seriously, some of you are having some wicked high temperatures.  Don’t be an asshole.  Allow a few more breaks then usual so they can hydrate.  Don’t kid yourself, high temps can kill you-  How berry pickers, construction workers can beat the heat this week  Set-up rehydration stations near where the workers do their thing.  When they’re working in really hot conditions be a nice guy and get some bottles of Gatorade. Increase the flow of air, big ass fans are nice and if your doors and dock doors have screens, keep them open.  

That brings this episode to a close.  Safety is just as much your responsibility as it is your supervisor, manager and employer.  One way to stop accidents to to say NO when asked to perform a dangerous task without the proper support of PPE including fall prevention gear, retrieval gear and other safety equipment or one you have received no training to perform. Never keep quiet about safety for the life you save may be your own.

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Companies Behaving Badly-The Art of the Pop-In

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The art of the Pop In –
One of the most valuable things I learned as an employee through years of observation is that boys will be boys at any age, so when I joined the ranks of management I made sure to implement another concept I learned, the Pop-In.  You may have heard this referred to in other terms like Gemba walk,  Genchi genbutsu,  walk about, safety walk, walk or a stroll.  Whether your warehouse is a multi-shift operation or you oversee several different sites, the pop-in, what ever you want to call it is a great tool to use.
My experience has been that companies are very cavalier about their graveyard shifts.  It’s a time when the workers have free run of the place since 99.9% of management is not on the premise.  No nosey executives poking around, no office people getting in the way, no sales/marketing staff with inane questions about products, usually just one supervisor or manager with maybe a lead and a crew entrusted with millions of dollars in equipment and inventory.  The challenge of keeping everyone focused through the night on the job and not wandering off on tangents is rigorous. 
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I perfected my Pop-In technique as a supervisor.  I would constantly show up on the shop floor but always from different entrances and directions.  I would do what ever it was I had to do at my desk for 15-20 minutes and then go for a Pop-In from the office door. Sometimes I’d Pop-In from the break room and sometimes from the dock entrance, not keeping to any set walking routine.  You get to see the whole operation from different points of view which give you the opportunity to see if there are repairs or other things that need to addressed as well as being available to employees for a chance to bend your ear and of course, it keeps everyone on their toes.
When I was hired to manage my first three-shift distribution center the Pop-In became even more critical of a tool.  I always knew what was going on during  day shift since I was always there so several times during the month I would tweak my schedule so I could Pop-In on other shifts.  Sometimes I’d stay over to be with swing shift or come back in the middle and the same on graveyard shift.  Except for my assistant, no one else knew when or where Phil was going to pop-in.  As a DC manager, when you’re always on days you don’t get to bond with other shifts supervisors or their staffs like you do on days. and that can make them feel left out of the loop or worse, that no one cares but you can alter that perception by seeing what they go through on their shift and listening.  When I would pop-in, like any good visitor, I’d never show up empty handed when I did the Pop-In. Sometimes I’d bring dinner, snacks, a safety meeting or an impromptu evacuation drill.
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Now I’m going to share a personal Pop-In story that should hopefully demonstrate how important a tool it is.  As with any new job you spend the first few days learning the lay of the land as well as being trotted around in a marathon dog and pony show.  Everyone wants to speak with you and share their opinions and air their grievances on the operation you’ve just inherited.  Your staff good or bad,  your operation dependable or not, the long history and so on and so on.  Most of it you just take in with a smile, an occasional head shake and a thank you.  A few weeks into it as things settled down, the day shift warehouse lead came to me and said, you told us you have an open door policy, can I speak with you?  Of course you can.  He started with, I know I can get fired for going over my supervisor’s head.  He then told me he had pointed out an issue of discrepancies on what graveyard shift said they picked and staged and what was actually being done to the previous DC manager, but he didn’t seem to care about it.  I asked him if he had spoken to his supervisor.  Yes, he was about to stop and suddenly got emotional but he just puts up with it and doesn’t want to rock the boat and I’m tired of watching him work his ass off and not getting the credit for what’s getting done!  I thanked him for his concern and passion, reassured he wasn’t going to get fired and promised that I would get back to him within two weeks.  
After I had finally settled in to my routine for day to day activities I turned my attention to those daily shift reports and alleged discrepancies.  The reports were simple, number of orders completed, number of cases picked, number orders shipped, staffing, equipment issues and any other problems that occurred.  According to the supervisor’s report, graveyard was picking an astronomical numbers of cases and completing orders in record times!  Wow!  I was impressed.  Is there a problem?   However, one thing I also noticed was something that was missing from the report.  There were never any equipment issues noted on graveyard shift but day shift had them almost daily and their reports showed just slightly more cases picked over the course the whole shift.  Now what did our WMS have to say about what was being done?
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The numbers told me that graveyard was doing about half of what their reports indicated and that day shift was doing the bulk of the work as well as dealing with repairs and cleaning.  I spoke with my day shift supervisor on how things were going and that’s when I was told that he knew the lead had come to me and that his crew could be even more productive if they didn’t have to spend an hour each morning cleaning up after graveyard which surprised me since per graveyards report they should have had plenty of time to do this.  I kept all this info to myself and knew it was time to do a Pop-In.
They exceeded my expectations.  I entered the building through the offices, since they should have been locked preventing warehouse entry, arriving an hour after the shift had started figuring things should be in full swing and they were.  The first two I ran into was the shift lead and he was half dressed along with a female employee.  I can still remember vividly the expression on their faces.  I had to stifle myself from laughing.  Told them to either go home now or wait for me in the lunchroom.  As they got themselves together I went to the lunchroom and found employees smoking pot, playing cards, reading a newspaper and a whole lot of nothing else.  Morning all.  Why don’t you all wait here until I get back and then entered the warehouse.
The quiet was deafening, well except for the loud boom box, there wasn’t the usual noise of a functioning warehouse.  The first section I came upon was the small package processing and the lead of that area was enjoying greatly whatever he was listening too on his cd player.  As I gave him a few moments to finish his air guitar solo I noticed the naked young woman on his computer screensaver.  It looked very much like the young lady I found with the shift lead in the office.  In fact, it turned out it was.  Finally we made contact with each other and got another priceless expression.  I asked, where’s your shift supervisor?  He stalled, there was a long pause and I began to ask again but was suddenly interrupted by the sound of hoots and hollers and loud screeching as a worker on an electric pallet jack was doing a full speed spin as fast as he could go on the loading dock. He looked at me and shook his head and finally pointed to the shipping office.  I invited the lead to wait for me along with the stunt drivers and others in the lunchroom.  I headed for the office as word must have started to spread that I was here as people began to emerge from the nooks and crannies and the sound of forklifts grew.  The small shipping office had all the shades down and was dark inside as I opened the door.  There was my shift supervisor, soundly asleep in the fetal position on the couch.  Flipped on the lights and before I could say anything, with his back to me he shouted, this better be important!
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I responded, oh I think it’s pretty damn important.  He slowly rolled over and saw my happy face.  I remember being thoroughly impressed with the list of excuses that flowed as he defended how it looked in between justification of his actions.  I had enough by the fourth one and simply told him, give me your keys, go home and wait for H.R. to call you. Then I called everyone to the lunchroom so I could face my merry band of workers with a choice.  You can stay and get back to the job you were hired to do and I’ll stay for the remainder of the shift to help or you can go home.  All those I had previously left in the lunchroom had already left the building and the others  did go back to work as each and everyone of them apologized at one point during the rest of the shift
When the HR manager arrived and found me waiting for her, she knew something was up but even she was not prepared for this scenario.  After the HR investigation some workers were terminated, some suspended and or put on probation and everyone else went back to work all having learned a valuable lesson.  The eager and determined day shift lead was promoted and given the graveyard supervisor position and it’s nice having all the numbers line up correctly.  So if you haven’t done it in the past, get up off that butt, grab your 3×5 pad and go pop-in.  The exercise is great, you get your blood to flow faster and you get to see things your WMS will never show you.  
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 Thank you for stopping by and taking the time out of your busy day.  Until next month my friends, stay safe and never keep quiet about safety, for the life you save may be your own.
 

RBMB-Your Medical Records Aren’t As Safe As You Think

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And I’m not even talking about hacking of a computer, this is all human error.  Hopefully this article will spur most of you to double check where you’re sending personal information about an injured employee.  Get into the habit of reviewing and updating your phone and fax numbers for medical clinics and the state workers compensation board on a regular basis.

I’m still not sure why or what changed but the fax landline number that I’ve had for 32 years has been receiving for the last seven years full sets of information on employees who have been injured on the job. The last one was this week and now I have Mr Smith’s dob, home address, work address, SSN, his injury and other personal information that if I was dishonest, would also be hurting Mr. Smith financially as well as from his accident if I assumed his identity.  I called the medical office to let them know the information didn’t get to where it was suppose to go but to my home instead.  The clerk was perplexed and asked me again the patient’s name and birthdate.  Still not getting it he told me he needed to check with his office manager.  After being on hold for five minutes I hung up. Hopefully there were able to figure it out with the info I gave them.

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To make it worse, The state of California doesn’t seen to care either.  When this happened last August I tried to inform workers comp I was getting personal information.  She thanked me and was ready to hang up when I said, don’t you want to know who sent it and what it was about nor did she ask if I still had the information or destroyed it?

So folks, you’re going to have to take it upon yourselves to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.  FYI, when I do get this info and after reporting it to the sender, I take the time and shred it at no charge to anyone.  You’re welcome. 

 

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Companies Behaving Badly-Senseless

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Welcome to the latest issue of Companies Behaving Badly.  Let’s begin with a question. Which of your 5 senses are you willing to lose?  Tough choice isn’t it?  What about sight? Would you miss looking at your family, a rose or a sunset?  Not for you, then how about hearing?   Life would be very quiet if you lost that sense.  Hopefully you answered none of them, however if you refuse to wear or don’t know to wear your PPE at work there is always the possibility of losing something you’ve become very accustomed too.  PPE is – Personal Protection Equipment.  

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If you work in a area where there is a lot of dust, dirt, ash and other debris is created by machinery and in the air you should be given SAFETY GOOGLES to wear.  That is your PPE that protects your eyes and vision.  They are not forehead protectors or look really cool on top of your head, they are made to protect your eyes only.  You should not ever be charged by the company for a pair of safety googles.  To help get more people to wear their goggles, good companies work with the employees on the styles they purchase, which have become more fashionable the last few years.  If you wear prescription eyeglasses you can have a pair made with shields to the specs needed to protect your eyes.  Some companies help pay for part or all of the expense.  You should check the company policy before making any purchases.

Exposure to loud noise over a period of time will damage your hearing.  If you work in an environment where machinery and the processes create a lot of noise you should at least be wearing EAR PLUGS and if working for long periods of time in high decibel areas you should use EAR MUFFS. Again, ear plugs and muffs are the PPE to protect your hearing and you should never have to pay for this PPE either.

The bottom line on PPE is, whether goggles, ear plugs, gloves, dust masks or hazmat suits, wear it.  Protect your valuable five senses.×

warehouse1Well our good friends at the U.S. Postal Service were in the news again.  You can read it here.  OSHA delivers package of citations to Virginia post office The USPS management continues to stride at setting the bar lower with poor leadership in action and the only agency that makes TSA look like a top notch competent organization.  OSHA was originally called in to the Virginia Processing and Distribution center when employees filed a complaint.  For employees to finally get to the point where they feel the need to call OSHA means that no one in management has listened to them and when management doesn’t listen it means they don’t care about their employees.  OSHA found 4 REPEAT violations at the facility, directed by lazy leadership.  To lazy to enforce the rules and just looked the other way as long as the job got done.  To lazy to have the equipment properly serviced and to lazy to make sure employees records on certification were current if at all. When I’ve been asked what to do when faced with issues like this I usually tell employees to see their union rep or HR person and report it when management doesn’t respond.   What a double whammy here, not only does management not care about your working conditions but neither does your union.  Where is their union is all this?                          OSHA found the following conditions that lead to the violations:

– Allowed employees to operate equipment even though it had not been inspected or examined for defects after each shift

– Permitted employees to operate powered industrial vehicles without use of a seatbelt

– Allowed employees to operate fork trucks in aisles clearly marked for wheeled mail carts, exposing workers to struck-by or caught-between hazards

– Failed to provide employees with training to ensure they were competent to operate the equipment; andLet employees improperly tow wheeled carts using powered pallet jacks.

A competent supervisor would make sure that forklifts and other industrial motorized equipment are inspected and a checklist completed and signed at the beginning of each shift.   Any safety issues should be noted on the checklist so repairs can be made as soon as possible.  I highly recommend using only licensed technicians.  You should also have a procedure in place to red tag vehicles that are not safe to be used and this will ensure they are not used.  Yes, it sucks when you’re down equipment and have a job to do, I know, I’ve been there, you as a supervisor just need to be more creative.  Once you start making excuses to use unsafe equipment that first time, will it ever stop?  Oh yea, it will, when someone gets killed.   Don’t drive anything you haven’t been certified on by your current employer even if you have previously been certified at another company.  You need to know their rules of the road.  Yes, I know some smart asses that have gotten away with driving a forklift without certification and may have hit something but no one saw them but if they were to have an accident and injured or killed themselves or a pedestrian, do you think the company is going to cover their ass?  No they’re not, because their lawyers are going to throw them under the bus.  In almost an instant, everything you worked so very hard for, the house, the vacation fund, your vehicles, your retirement plans, poof, all gone. 

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I also can’t stress enough the importance of wearing your seatbelt while operating your forklift.  It helps keep you within the cage and safe.  Just ask this guy, he’ll tell you that as well.

Miracle as forklift truck driver walks out of factory unhurt after being trapped under tons of CHEDDAR CHEESE for nine hours after massive shelving collapse ×

 

LOTO, Lock Out Tag Out is a critical aspect of workplace safety.  As seen in this article OSHA Finds Safety Failures Allowed Machine to Sever 30-Year-Old Worker’s 3 Fingertips at Nature’s Path Subsidiary in Wisconsin not doing LOTO can cost you a body part or your life.  Would you stick your hand into an alligators open mouth to retrieve a golf ball?  Would you stick a butter knife into a plugged in toaster?  So why would you stick your hand into a piece of machinery not knowing if someone will accidentally turn it back on.  You are not faster then the machine no matter how much you think you have the timing down.  So when you need to make adjustments, clear jams, do maintenance, get up, turn off the power to the machine, put your lock on it so only YOU can turn the power back on.  Make sure to release all energy, bleeding air pressure, hydraulics etc.   Your lock should have a tag with your name on it.  Don’t let anyone intimidate you into not doing LOTO.  Don’t fall for the “you’re not being a team player” speech.  You’re being a safe player.  The agency also found Nature’s Path USA II failed to:

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  • Develop confined space entry procedures to issue permits, test atmospheric conditions, monitor and train workers.
  • Power down or lockout equipment to prevent unintentional operation.
  • Conduct periodic inspections of energy-control procedures.
  • Develop procedures to summon rescue and emergency services and train workers on bloodborne pathogen exposure procedures.
  • Install adequate machine guarding.
  • Correct electrical safety violations.
  • Train workers about chemical hazards used in the workplace.
  • Provide information on noise limits and provide proper fitting of, and ensure use of hearing protection.

Machinery now a days is also produced with safety in mind.  They have guards in areas where body parts can meet moving parts to prevent amputations and other serious injuries.  Older machinery that was built before current safety standards, must be retro fitted with guards to protect you from moving parts.  If guards are missing from a machine do not operate it. If you are told the guards are in maintenance for repair and will be back soon, still do not operate the machine.  I’ve had incidents where maintenance had removed machinery guards for various reasons and forgot to replace them at shift end.  I did not allow the machine to operate.  It was swing shift and no big bosses around so I called the head of maintenance at home to informed him a line was down due and why. Three hours later we were up and running.  If I had allowed it to operate and one of my staff was injured by the moving chains I would not have been able to live with the guilt. ×

 

One of the first lessons I give to new employees and one of the easiest to do is how to evacuate the facility in the event of an emergency.  We cover what each series of horn blasts indicate, where the emergency evacuation route is and location of the assembly area so everyone can be accounted for.  Along with this information they are also reminded that under no circumstances are they to block the emergency route or any emergency exits.  If they find this to be the case they have been deputized and permission to move and clear the area  as need be and then report it immediately to their supervisor.  Apparently some businesses don’t understand the concept and even lock exit doors which is a big NO-NO.

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Warehouse’s locked exit route could cost it again, OSHA says This warehouse locked exit doors  If security or product theft is a concern by management, they have other options to deal with that and locking exit doors is not an option.  Don’t keep quiet about it if you find that to be the case.  OSHA: Pier 1 Imports store in Glendale faces $101K in fines for hazards This store’s management team obviously doesn’t care what’s going on in their facility or bother to do any training.  They’re putting employees at risk especially if there was an emergency. ×

 

Are you ready for HazCom?  No, it’s not a comic book convention but short for Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) and it’s all going live, TODAY!  That’s correct, if you haven’t completed training by today, you are NOT compliant and may be subject to some big fines.  Get it done!  Don’t think it applies to you?  You’d be surprised.  Need help?  Go to the OSHA website for more information or  if you’re in the local bay area contact us.  Warehouseflow.com ×

 

The sad truth is, Construction companies represent 60% of OSHA’s Severe Violators programWhat can be done?  One thing is Never Being Quiet about Safety.  Read the article.  Companies with a poor safety record should not be allowed to bid for city, county, state or federal jobs and have their licenses suspended.×

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Warmer weather is upon us and a great time to remind your workers, especially those that operate outdoors, to stay hydrated, wear protective clothing and know the warning signs of heat exhaustion. ×

 

 

 

 

Always keep an open dialogue on safety between you and your staff and you and upper management.  Don’t treat safety as a dirty word.  After all accidents can hurt production, kill moral and destroy the bottom line.  Don’t throw people onto the floor without proper training or use equipment in need of repair.  It’s your domain, rule it.  As of April 23rd. (the latest numbers available from OSHA), 566 people have died in industrial accidents for fy 2016.

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