Safety’s Impact on the Bottom Line

By Mark Steinhofer, CSP Safety Advisor, Safety Management Group Suppose your company could make an investment in its business that provided a 400 to 600 percent rate of return. Sound like a fantasy? It isn’t. Successful owners and managers understand the importance of measuring return on investment (ROI) whenever they put money into new equipment, processes, and even employees. In …

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Drywall: a Familiar Product with Hidden Hazards

Drywall is a simple product that revolutionized interior construction by eliminating the extra time and craftsmanship required for traditional lath-and-plaster walls and ceilings. Today, nearly all commercially available drywall is made of gypsum plaster with a paper coating, a product that was developed and refined in the early 20th century. In addition to simplifying installation, drywall also provides greater fire …

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OSHA Updates Eye and Face Protection Standards

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2016 – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a final rule that updates requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals and construction. The final rule reflects current national consensus standards, and ensures that workers can use up-to-date eye and face protection. The rule updates references in OSHA’s Eye …

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SMG Recognized by National Association of Women in Construction

Indianapolis, April 25, 2016 – The Associates of Safety Management Group are being recognized by the Central Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) with the Safety Award of Excellence, Construction Related for 2016. Safety Management Group Associate President Randy Gieseking accepted the award at an event hosted by NAWIC at the Indiana Repertory Theatre in …

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Customer Service Triumph – April 15, 2016

Indianapolis – Gary Gokey is being recognized for a customer service triumph. Jesse Brazzell received a note from a client that receives weekly services from Gary: Just wanted to take the time to share with you what a great job Gary does in communicating with me his activities and coverage for our company. He represents your firm extremely well. Very …

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Customer Service Triumph – April 7, 2016

Georgetown, KY – Several associates delivering services at a Motor Manufacturing facility in Kentucky are being recognized for customer service triumphs. Colton Alston, Matt Davis, Jeff Holland, and Travis Lee are delivering services to several contractors and the owner at the site. During a recent visit, Safety Management Group’s Craig Clark provided the following feedback: I had the opportunity to …

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Wearing Two Hats Can Create a Conflict of Safety Interest

By Craig Clark, Safety Advisor Safety Management Group For those in the construction industry, the current economic environment is creating a variety of challenges. Some of those challenges are obvious. For example, competing on public works and other projects where bidding is required is forcing contractors to sharpen their pencils like never before. The only way to land a project …

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Detecting and Dealing with Workplace Opioid Abuse

To supervisors and managers who grew up during the 1960s and 1970s, the mention of addiction to heroin and other opiate drugs conjures images of skinny junkies wasting away in a filthy apartment, an alley, or a gutter. It was something that happened to other people in other places. But that’s no longer true. The problems associated with abuse of …

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Customer Service Triumph — March 25, 2016

Charlevoix, Mich. – Josh Smith is being recognized for a customer service triumph. Randy Gieseking received a great report from the client’s site manager about Josh: Is performing his duties as we expected he would based on our initial interview, however he has by far exceed our initial expectations with his knowledge, personality and field experience. He continues to educate …

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US DOL Announces Final Rule for Respirable Silica Dust

Updated rule amends silica exposure regulations for first time since 1971 WASHINGTON, March 24, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a final rule to improve protections for workers exposed to respirable silica dust. “More than 80 years ago, Labor Secretary Frances Perkins identified silica dust as a deadly hazard and called on employers to …

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