BMSA's Safety First! 
December 2017
Workplace Safety: No Better Time  
Than the New Year
As business managers we intuitively understand the impact that injuries, illnesses and asset damage or destruction has on our operations and bottom line. But still, the relative stress of day-to-day necessities somehow pulls many from what are personnel, economic, and regulatory mandates in the safety arena. These necessities face every business owner or manager ... and the longer that safety activities are not made part of normalized business activities, the greater the likelihood they never will. Or at least, they will be meager in effort and impact.  
To achieve successful safety outcomes, it is imperative that we "get at it," and not try everything else, including reliance upon luck, or the hope that passive safety activities work for you, first. 

Essential Safety: Developing a Roadmap
Since we know that there are personnel, economic and regulatory considerations present in every business, the question then becomes, where do you focus your time and energies -- in an economically oriented fashion, to manage the safety and health of the people and resources of your organization? Let's talk about a basic roadmap to overcome the paradox of waiting; that is trying a variety of things and hoping your safety program will somehow succeed. Our encouragements to you... develop a roadmap by engaging your management, supervisory, and employee teams. Working together will allow you to develop the proper tools, directions, and more importantly, focus.  

(Source: Steve Thompson, ARM, COSS and Dan Hopwood, MPH, ARM, CBCP, Aspen Risk Management Group)
10 Most Important Cyber Security Tips for Your Business

Unfortunately, the weakest point of any security solution for a computer system is humans. No matter how effective-or expensive-the security tools protecting your network are, there's no way to predict the damage caused by a single careless user. The war against cyber criminals is fought each time a user decides to click an unfamiliar link or open an attachment-and just a single mistake could be the reason for massive data loss.

To help out IT security managers, we've compiled a list of things your users should be thinking about whenever they're using the Internet. They've probably heard many or all of these tips before, but repetition doesn't spoil the prayer. If you take security seriously, you're already using Umbrella by OpenDNS to protect your network from malware, botnets and other advanced threats. And if you're smart, you know that there's no substitute for educating your users. Share this list with your users:

1. Realize that you are an attractive target to hackers. Don't ever say "It won't happen to me."

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(Source: Cybint News.) 
Tips for Keeping Employees Safe While They Handle Cash

The world sometimes seems like it's driven by money. If you have a business that handles lots of cash on a regular basis, you understand. But as great as money is, having cash on-hand creates risks for any business. Cash registers and cash drawers instantly make your business a target for theft and hold-ups. As a business owner, you want your employees to be safe. We've got some tips that will help you establish policies for safe cash handling at your business and lower the risk of something bad happening.

1. Have ground rules for using the cash register. All employees should be trained on the safe use of the cash register. Sure, you have insurance to protect your business, but they should know how to take every precaution when it comes to making change and selling your products. 

Click "Read more" for great tips on handling cash.

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(Source: Katelyn Betts, Business Insurance, Sept. 20, 2017.) 
Increase Employee Engagement with Healthy Meetings

Healthy Meals and Snacks
At meetings where food is available, encourage healthy eating with light meals and snacks to help fuel employee energy and productivity.
TIP Put food on a side table so it's harder to reach for seconds.
60-Second Stretches 
Take time to refresh with five energizing stretches to work out the kinks in 60 seconds or less.  
TIP If you don't have time for a break, give members a chance to stand up, then tilt slightly from the waist, moving gently forward and backward, and from side to side.  
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(Source: Kaiser Permanente Business.) 
Calendar of Events
February 5: Introduction to Building Material Sales (Hickory, NC)

February 6-7: 2-Day Estimating Seminar (Hickory, NC)

February 8: Advanced Estimating Seminar (Hickory, NC)

February 7-8: BMSA's Annual Building Products Show (Hickory, NC)

February 27-March 1: Installed Sales Roundtable (Asheville, NC)

March 19-21: NLBMDA Legislative Conference (Washington, DC) 

March 25-27: Roundtable 1 (Charlotte, NC)

April 18-20: CFO Roundtable (Kansas City, MO)

April 19-20: Emerging Leaders Roundtable 2 (Nashville, TN)

April 22-24: Roundtable 3 (Greensboro, NC)

April 25-27: Sales Managers Roundtable (Charleston, SC)

May 3-4: Emerging Leaders Roundtable 1 (Asheville, NC)

May 16-18: Roundtable 7 (Nashville, TN)
July 26-29: BMSA's Summer Conference  
(Virginia Beach, VA) 
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