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Building Safety Month

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Baxter Group, Inc. is celebrating Building Safety Month!

Asbestos, mold, lead, renovations, you name it. We are always working hard to make buildings safer for our community.

 We have been posting a Building Safety tip at the beginning of each week. Have you seen them? Keep a look out!👀

Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign that has celebrated during the month of May for the past 38 years. Worldwide, corporations, government agencies, professional associations, nonprofits and more come together to help the public and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.

The surrounding environment is just as important to check as the building structure. It is imperative look for nearby sources of pollutants that can enter an indoor environment. Different conditions around a building cause different health effects inside the building.

Here are a few conditions to examine for around your building:

Condition
Pollutants

Cultivated Fields

Fertilizers, pesticides, and can produce fungal spores and dust.

Bare Soil

Can produce wind-blown particulate matter and dust.

Soil Type

Sand, clay and gravel: Soil types behave differently when wet or dry.

Soil Drainage

Poorly drained soil can produce odors and biopollutants.

Trees and Vegetation

Can produce pollen, and contribute to organic particles found indoors.

Birds, Insects, and Rodents

Feces can cause human diseases.

Standing Water, and Fountains

Can carry water-borne diseases.

Garbage, Dead Animal/Vegetable Matter

Can produce waste run-off and odors.

Local Industries

Can produce waste, particles, gases and odors.

Roadways, Parking Areas, and Loading Docks

Source of Lead and can cause air pollution by automobiles and trucks.

All communities need safe homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores and entertainment venues and more.

Help spread the word! #ICCBSM18

OSHA’s Toolbox Talks

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Toolbox Talks for Workplace Safety

 

Toolbox Talks are short pre-written safety meetings provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA). They are an easy way for foremen and supervisors to keep their workers updated and knowledgeable about workplace safety. They are designed to heighten employee awareness of workplace hazards and OSHA regulations. Read More

Tips for Keeping Your Business Safe on Halloween

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Security

According to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCIAA), Halloween has the highest number of claims for any day by 81%.

To prevent damages, bring in any product you may have displayed on the exterior of your business before dark. Take photos of your business a week or two before Halloween. If you must file a claim for vandalism, you will have photos available for your insurance company.

Vehicles are more likely to be vandalized on Halloween.

Park your vehicles inside a locked garage or in a well-lit area and have the windows up and doors locked.

 

Lighting

If you’re having the public come into your business during Halloween, think twice before you string up dramatic lighting and flashing lights. They can create a fun atmosphere for trick-or-treaters, but it can also cause accidents. Dim lighting can encourage theft by making it difficult to distinguish colors of clothing or recognize facial features. Dim lights also hinder surveillance equipment.

 

Property Risks

Make sure to check the exterior of your building. Extension cords can be a tripping hazard if not secured properly. Confirm that the surrounding walking surfaces (sidewalks, paths etc.) are clear of debris and well lit.

Above all, make sure your insurance policy protects you in the event of candle fires, falls, tainted candy claims, and any other types of Halloween-induced accidents.

 

Are you the “AHERA Designated Person”?

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Are you the “AHERA Designated Person”?

Then you’re in charge of implementing an Asbestos Management Plan.

 

Public school districts and non-profit schools for grades K-12 are required to develop, maintain and update Asbestos Management Plans. These plans document asbestos response actions, locations of the asbestos within schools, and any action taken to repair and remove the material.

Records must be maintained in the Asbestos Management Plan.

The records listed below are required by the EPA to be in the Asbestos Management Plan.

  • Name and address of each school building and whether the building has asbestos-containing building material (ACBM), and the type of asbestos-containing material (ACM).
  • Date of the original school inspection
  • Plan for re-inspections
  • Blueprints that clearly identifies the locations of ACBM that remains in the school
  • Description of any response action or preventive measures taken to reduce asbestos exposure
  • Copy of the analysis of any building, and the name and address of any laboratory that sampled the material
  • Name, address, and telephone number of the “AHERA Designated Person” to ensure the duties of the school district or non-profit private school are carried out
  • Description of steps taken to inform workers, teachers, and students or their legal guardians about inspections, re-inspections, response actions, and periodic surveillance

Baxter Group, Inc. Earns Platinum STEP Award!

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Baxter Group, Inc. is proud to announce

that we have achieved PLATINUM level

for the second year in a row!

The Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) serves as a benchmarking and improvement tool for achieving world-class safety performance in construction. Members measure their safety processes and policies on the 20 key components through a detailed questionnaire and learn to implement or enhance safety programs.

Our 2016 Platinum Award!

2017 Platinum Award Coming in the Fall!