A single workplace accident can leave a big impact on your business. Between the medical bills, the lost productivity, all the workers' compensation paperwork, and the low morale, the costs are high.
The best way to avoid these costs is by avoiding an injury. Follow these 6 tips to prevent an injury and protect your workforce.
Because the breakroom is a shared space, everyone needs to pitch in to make it pleasant. It's all about consideration... here are a few tips:
#1 IF YOU MAKE A MESS, CLEAN IT UP
Put your trash in the wastebasket, wipe up spills and crumbs.
#2 THE REFRIGERATOR IS FOR TEMPORARY STORAGE
Put your meal or snack there until you eat it, but don't forget about it... no one likes to see moldy food in the fridge!
#3 PUT A LABEL ON IT
Protect your food in the fridge by putting you name on it. If you bring a dish to share, use a label to let people know it's cool to dig in.
#4 KILL IT? REFILL IT
If you finish the coffee, make a fresh pot. If you use the last of anything, replace it... paper towels, napkins, creamer, sugar... be sure there's some for the next person.
#5 DON'T DITCH YOUR DIRTY DISHES
Wash them and put them away immediately after use.
#6 BE MINDFUL OF OTHERS.
You don't like it when your food gets mashed in the fridge or if someone cooks or opens a smelly dish. Your co-workers don't like it either. Think before you eat.
Make work areas safer by keeping floors clean and dry and minimizing clutter. If maintenance is required, be sure to cordon off the area with caution tape and/or cautionary signage and make sure repairs are made promptly.
Not only do wet floors increase the chance of slipping, areas that stay wet can grow mold, fungi and bacteria that cause infections. If you have wet floors, take these simple precautions:
Aisles & Passageways
Walkways should be clear for workers to safely walk through without dodging clutter, cords and other hazards. Here are a few things to look out for:
Provide proper ladders or step ladders for workers who need to climb. Do not use boxes, chairs stools or other makeshift devices to climb. Ladders need to be of adequate height so that employees are tempted to climb higher than the safety instructions recommend.
Call Twist! Our safety specialist will do a complimentary walk through of your office to point out any potential hazards that might be lurking.
Small- and medium-sized businesses with more than 10 employees spend over $130K per year on equipment and office supplies expenses, which is nearly 11% of their total expenses. Getting the most out of your office furniture budget can make a huge difference in the health of your business.
For office furniture, the credo of creating one standard for everyone in order to save costs can actually result in higher costs. Since everyone is different, and people work in different ways, you have to make sure that the furniture fits the individual and their task. However, there are some other buying practices that will save you money. Many of these practices involve doing the upfront legwork to make the right buying choice the first time.
2. Focus on quality.
Less expensive furniture may work better for your budget today, but the quality may be poor and end up costing you more in the long run. For example, while two chairs may look similar, the more expensive one may last two to three times longer.
Investing upfront in higher quality can save you time and money overall.
3. Try furniture before you buy.
Go to the dealership and sit in different chairs, and look at different desks. Try out different chairs to make In addition to providing another quality check, you’ll sure you’ll be get to try out how chairs feel after sitting in them comfortable. for a while. Testing out office furniture doesn’t take a lot of time, and it can save you a lot of wasted money in buying the wrong products.
4. Think long term.
Make sure the manufacturer you choose has a track record of maintaining product lines over time, or at least having migration options. Also be sure to allow for expansion options and use among multiple employees if future growth occurs. Invest in chairs that have adjustments for a wide range of employees, including seat height, seat depth, seat and seat back, tilt, arm rest placement, and lumbar adjustment. Consider height-adjustable tables and desks to accommodate various work styles.
5. Check the warranty.
The length and terms of office furniture warranties vary greatly in length and coverage. Make sure the warranty lines up with your intended period of use. Also know who you go to if a warranty problem arises – are you working with the dealer or the manufacturer?
6. Purchase from a dealer who provides installation.
It’s fairly simple to assemble a single desk or chair. But putting together an entire office, including office workstations, is an entirely different story. Buying from a dealer who assembles and installs furniture can save you time and money
Twist OP has an experienced team of furniture specialists to work with you from start to finish to understand your
Just landed a new job? Congrats! As a fresh face in the office, you’ll certainly want to make a great impression. This means bringing your professional ‘A’ game, sharing your friendliest smile, and – of course – coming prepared with the right supplies. Check out the desk items below that are a must for your new job.
The number one key to success at any job? Organization. A good calendar with plenty of space to pencil in due dates and reminders will be your best buddy at your new gig. Whether you prefer a large desktop calendar, go digital, or something you can hang on the wall of your cubicle is totally up to you. With so many choices, you can let your personality shine through.
A Few Personal Care Items
Sometimes the biggest workday distractions end up being the littlest things—like chapped lips or a painful hangnail. It’s definitely worth grabbing a few personal care items for your desk drawer as a quick fix to these little nuisances. Think of things like hand lotion, nail files, chapstick, clear nail polish and even extra contact lens solution.
Sanitizers and Disinfectants
There’s not much you can do when your sniffling coworker stops by your desk to brief you on an upcoming project. Fend off any colds and viruses (and save up those precious sick days!) by keeping some disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer handy.
A messy desk is sure to drive stress when you’re juggling important tasks at work, but that’s just the half of it. Your managers, coworkers, and possibly even important clients will catch a glimpse of your work area from time to time, and a cluttered desk isn’t exactly the best impression in the workplace! Keep your quarters tidy with organizational desk tools like supply holders and organizer trays. Shown is items from our My Pretty Office Collection.
Reusable Water Bottle
The water cooler is the ultimate office hotspot. You’ll take frequent trips there making sure you’re getting in your eight glasses a day, or just as an excuse to give your eyes a break from your computer screen. Either way, your own reusable water bottle works much more conveniently than those little plastic cups sitting atop the cooler.
Even in the corporate world, your desk doesn’t need to stay stark and mundane. Why not add a little touch of personality? Show your coworkers your personal style by embellishing your desk or cubicle with decor that really displays who you are. You’ll be spending a lot of time there, anyway. Might as well make the space feel homey, right?
When OSHA was established April 28, 1971 a new industry was born. By 1974, Federal regulations for health & safety standards were established, paving the way for mobile first aid companies to market their services with the support of OSHA’s 1910.151 medical services and first aid standard. The mobile first service industry flourished during the 70’s and 80’s while helping manufacturers stay compliant with these new regulations from the federal government.
Much has changed since 1974. Health & safety practices have developed over time, include more employee feedback and participation. Unfortunately, many of the mobile first aid service processes are still very much the same as they were 45 years ago and they come with a significant cost. With the new ANSI standards and updated First Aid Kits that offer smart compliance, it is easy and cost effective to bring the maintenance of these kits inhouse.
Here are our 5 reasons to fire your first aid service.
1. A sales person is making the spending decisions.
Most mobile first aid representative is a salesperson who is paid on commission. The more they sell, the more they earn. Quotas and incentives to sell are standard practice in this industry. Do you really need the items they are selling you?
2. Save 50 - 75% of the cost.
Paying hundreds of dollars every month adds up significantly. The cost for a service includes the drivers salary plus commission, vehicle costs, insurance, plus the cost of the product. You can easily reduce your costs by 50-75% when you maintain the cabinets yourself. Check your invoices, you are charged a monthly service charge even if nothing needs to be replaced.
3. Your paying them to do the job right - but are they?
Have you looked inside the cabinets and confirmed that the appropriate supplies are there? Have you given them a list of items you want them to maintain and are they following your wishes? Is what is there more than what you really need?
4. Invoice & billing practices.
Take a close look at your invoice and you will discover that specific quantities are usually not included for medicines, bandages and ointments. Vague product descriptions and quantities are common in this industry. Descriptions like "small box" are done intentionally to allow services to reap profits and make it difficult to do a product comparison or know how much your are really paying for the products.
5. Be a part of the process.
When a service maintains your first aid supplies you are distanced from the process. It is important to know what injuries are taking place so that training and awareness can be improved. Did you know, that companies where an employee monitors and maintains the supplies lower the number of accidents? Less accidents mean even greater savings!
Twist OP has several options to help you maintain your supplies. With only a few minutes a mont you can reap the savings and benefits of maintaining first aid supplies yourself. If you are interested in learning more about maintaining your own supplies, call your sales rep and set up an appointment to have our Facilities Specialist help set up a program and get you started today.
Do you understand ANSI Compliance? We do!
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), approximately three million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses are reported each year. To help prevent minor injuries from becoming more serious, OSHA requires that first aid supplies be readily available to treat minor injuries that occur in the workplace.
OSHA’s medical service and first aid regulation, 29 CFR 1910.151(b) states: “In the absence of an infirmary, clinic or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available.” First aid kits are designed to deal with common workplace injuries including major and minor wounds, minor burns, sprains, strains and eye injuries.
ANSI, the American National Standards Institute has established the minimum requirements for first aid supplies necessary for the workplace and OSHA enforces those requirements. It’s important to note that ensuring that your first aid cabinets meet the standard is the employer’s responsibility. It’s easy to be compliant with this easy 3 step guideline.
1. Determine the type of ANSI Kit that fits your office needs.
2. Select the appropriate type of kit.
3. Maintain and refill your kits as needed.
1. Determine the type of ANSI Kit that fits your office needs.
Based on the ANSI Z308.1-2015 standard, ANSI has created two different classes of first aid kits. Class A and Class B Kits are classified based on the assortment and quantity of first aid supplies intended to deal with most types of injuries and sudden illnesses that may be encountered in the workplace. These may include major and minor wounds; minor burns; sprains and strains; and eye injuries. The quantity and size specifications given are the minimum necessary to comply with the 2015 standard, the most recent standard available. As each work environment is unique, it is expected that the contents of each kit will be supplemented as needed.
Class A - Common workplace injuries like minor cuts, scrapes, abrasions, burns and strains are included. Typically, a smaller size facility that does not have a potential for more high-risk injury type work. It may look like this example here to the right. This is a plastic box with a rubber seal to keep moisture out. The contents are the exact specifications for Class A first aid kits. See below for list of contents required.
Class B - Workplace injuries that are more high-risk or larger facilities where the chances of injury increases fall into this class. There are more types and quantities of supplies meant to deal with environments where injury risks are more prone. This example is a metal industrial 2 shelf type box that is designed to be mounted on a wall. See below for list of contents required.
2. Select the Appropriate Kit
Based on your work environment, the appropriate type of container should be selected. ANSI has addressed the types of containers based on indoor or outdoor use and are classified by portability, ability to be mounted, resistance to water, and corrosion and impact resistance. Four types are identified:
Type I: Intended for use in stationary, indoor applications where kit contents have minimal potential for damage due to environmental factors and rough handling. These kits are not intended to be portable and should have a means for mounting in a fixed position. Some applications for Type I first aid kits are general indoor use, office use or use in a manufacturing facility. First aid cabinets would generally fall into this type.
Type II: Intended for use in portable indoor applications where the potential for damage due to environmental factors and rough handling is minimal. These kits should be equipped with a carrying handle. Some applications for Type II first aid kits are general indoor use, or use in office or manufacturing environments.
Type III: Intended for portable use in mobile indoor and/or outdoor settings where the potential for damage due to environmental factors is not probable. Kits should have the means to be mounted and have a water resistant seal. Typical applications include general indoor use and sheltered outdoor use.
Type IV: Intended for portable use in mobile industries and/or outdoor applications where the potential for damage due to environmental factors and rough handling is significant. Typical applications include the transportation industry, utility industry, construction industry and the armed forces.
It isn't complicated. In most cases your facility will use a wall mounted first aid kit. It does not need to be water-resistant or proof unless there is a risk of water exposure. If you are placing kits in a vehicle or construction site gang box, a portable kit that is water resistant would be required. Again, if you know water will be present, a water resistant or waterproof container is required. Marine or pool activities are ideal for this type of kit and a class A list is almost always used for these types of environments.
3. Maintain & Refill Your Kit
This too is very simple and something that can be done yourself. Overhead for a first aid service includes drivers salary & commission, vehicle costs, insurance, cost of the product and several other factors. These services are the most expensive option for maintaining your first aid kit. You can easily reduce your cost by 50-75% when you maintain the first aid cabinets yourself. If your monthly invoice from your service is 150 dollars, you can expect to pay about 70 dollars when you do it yourself.
We offer Smart Compliance kits by FirstAid Only brand designed to make it easy to see when a supply needs to be refilled. Ask your Twist Rep today for more information.
Class A Class B
16 Adhesive Bandages, 1" x 3" 50 Adhesive Bandages, 1" x 3"
1 Adhesive Tape 2.5 yards 2 Adhesive Tape 2.5 yards
10 Antiseptic, 0.14 fl. oz (0.5g) applications 50 Antiseptic, 0.14 fl. oz (0.5g) applications
10 Antibiotic Treatment Application 1/57 25 Antibiotic Treatment Application,1/57 oz.
1 Breathing Barrier 1 Breathing Barrier
1 Burn Dressing, Gel Soaked, 4" x 4" 2 Burn Dressing, Gel Soaked, 4" x 4"
10 Burn Treatment, 1/32 oz. 25 Burn Treatment, 1/32 oz.
1 Cold Pack 2 Cold Pack
2 Eye Covering 2 Eye Covering
1 Eye Wash, 1 oz. 1 Eye Wash, 4 oz.
1 First Aid Guide 1 First Aid Guide
6 Hand Sanitizer, 0.9g 10 Hand Sanitizer, 0.9g
2 Pair Exam Gloves 4 Pair Exam Gloves
1 Roller Bandage, 2" x 4 yards 2 Roller Bandage, 2" x 4 yards
1 Scissors 1 Scissors
2 Sterile Pads, 5" x 9" 1 Splint, minimum 4" x 24"
2 Trauma Pad, 5" x 9" Sterile Pad, 3" x 3"
1 Triangular Bandage, 40" x 40" x 56" 1 Tourniquet
4 Trauma Pad, 5" x 9"
2 Triangular Bandage, 40" x 40"
Many offices use a shredding service and think that their documents are secure. This isn't always the case! Even if you use an outside source, your company is still ultimately responsible should there be a breach and data gets into the wrong hands.
KEEP YOURSELF SAFE FROM A SECURITY BREACH – CONSIDER SHREDDING IN-HOUSE
SHRED SERVICE = VULNERABILITY
Security Level: Most shred services use pierce & tear technology that simply rips into large pieces, creating an increased risk that key confidential information is still readable after destruction.
Handing Off Custody & Control
This month we are featuring the HSM Shredders. Let us know if you would like more information - let us stop by with the manufacturer rep, and you'll be entered to win a shredder for your office! No purchase necessary, no obligation!