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Meaningful Safety Conversations

June-24-2016

Safety is something that is talked about everyday in most workplace.  How do you get people to truly listen and talk about safety without tuning it out?  How do you get safety conversations to really matter and to affect situations in the workplace?  A featured article on www.ehstoday.com entitled “ 3 Tips for Creating Positive Safety Conversations” gives the following  suggestions:

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Stronger Worker Protection

June-14-2016

Worker protection and workplace safety should be at the top of every company’s agenda. Ensuring the safety of ones employees not only increases productivity but worker morale as well. “The most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses amounted to nearly $60 billion in direct U.S. workers compensation costs in 2012. Keeping your staff out of the waiting room will assist in keeping that cost down.”

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Diamond Plate versus Metal Coated Products

April-19-2016

SlipNOT® non-slip metal flooring products are an advanced safety alternative to traditional diamond plate.  Diamond plate may be classified as slip resistant; however, when it is wet or covered by a slippery substance, it does not provide the traction needed to keep people on their feet.  Overtime, the raised diamond pattern wears unevenly and will have to be replaced.  Below are pros and cons of both diamond plate and SlipNOT® metal coated products.

Diamond Plate 

PROS CONS
Cost effective Depending on pattern, may be slippery when wet
Easily fabricated Minimal shoe to surface contact
Commonly used and available Minimal slip resistance
Aesthetically pleasing Coefficient of friction varies depending on diamond pattern

Metal Coated Products

PROS CONS
Durable and long lasting Initial investment
Available in various degrees of abrasiveness Surface cannot be applied in the field
Customized to job specifications Requires more involved cleaning such as a stiff bristle brush or power washing
Non combustible

If you are in a high traffic area where diamond plate would be a concern, you could retrofit or replace it with a SlipNOT® product such as plate, flattened expanded metal, or perforated plate.  SlipNOT® will coat customer supplied diamond plate, but does not supply or recommend it.  For a superior product replacement with a coefficient of friction of above 0.85, please request a quote or free sample today.

Benefits of Slip Resistant Aluminum Plates

March-29-2016

For decades, diamond plate has been a default safety plate for many designers.  Today’s applications have shown this material to be inadequate in creating productive work environments.  Once the raised pattern becomes wet, it could become hazardous.

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Slip Resistant Sidewalk Covers

March-21-2016

SlipNOT® sidewalk covers are a durable and long-lasting answer to safety when it comes to keeping cyclists and pedestrians safe in wet and slippery conditions. SlipNOT® cover plates are double the OSHA recommended coefficient of friction (COF) for slip resistance and meet any DOT or customer requirements. In addition, they far exceed any current proposed ADA, UL, ANSI, ASTM and NFPA specifications for anti-slip surfaces.

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Non Slip Aluminum Plank

March-08-2016

Slip resistant aluminum plank is a durable flooring solution that is installed on applications such as docks, stair treads, scaffolding, bridges, mezzanines, and platforms.  Aluminum plank is made from extruded aluminum and is known for its lightweight properties, corrosion resistance, minimal maintenance, and excellent strength-to-weight ratio.  The flush surface and ability to pass light and air make aluminum plank an excellent choice.  Plank is available in rectangular punched plank, solid plank, or ADA diagonal punched plank for your convenience.

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Micro Learning and Safety

February-16-2016

What is the best training technique?  What will most efficiently reach all employees no matter their own individual learning style?  An article on elearningindustry.com suggests that employers start using “micro learning” or “chunked learning” to best reach all employees.   Over the ears with the use of the internet, smart phones and on demand technology, our attention spans have gotten shorter.  We like the important information given to us quickly and efficiently.  Long seminars and large manuals may quickly loose employee’s interest where as short and intense snippets of information may be digested more effectively.  That is the idea of micro learning.  While not all training can be done this way, some safety training as well as safety changes can benefit.

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Effective Changes in Safety

January-18-2016

It’s a New Year, and with a New Year comes New Year’s Resolutions.   People vowing to make changes in their health, their diets, their relationships and in their finances among other things.  Changes are not always easy to make and often time require some serious thought and stepping outside your comfort zone in order to accomplish.  This is no different for changes that need to be made in the workplace.  Health and Safety Professionals are always looking for changes that need to be made in order to increase safety and productivity.  A blog on ASSE blog site talks about how different types of people adapt to change and how an EHS professional can use five common categories of people in order to effectively work on safety initiative changes.

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