BMSA's Safety First! 
December 2016
Closing Time Business Security Tips

Closing your business at the end of the day can become habitual over time. These tips can form part of a comprehensive checklist which can help minimize the risk of both fire and crime for your business. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 3.7 million burglaries occur annually in the United States. To reduce the risk, follow these tips.
  • Turn off equipment. Ask employees to do a walk through of the business and check off items that should be powered off over night.
  • Store flammables and combustibles in secure locations. Ensure employees have moved any flammables or combustibles away from heating appliances.
  • Keep storefront and sales area overnight lights on. Maintaining a well-lit interior may discourage burglars from entering. 
  • Exterior lighting is turned on and any burned out bulbs have been replaced. Like the interior, a well-lit exterior discourages unwanted guests the same way.
  • All doors and windows are secured and locked, including any back entrances. 
  • All equipment and stock has been secured. Ask employees to slide stock away from windows and doors making it difficult for burglars to make a quick attempt at a smash and grab.
  • The cash register and other valuables have been locked away. Cash thefts are more likely when a business is closed. 
  • Final walk through confirming all customers have left the store: Have employees check back rooms, stockrooms, and change rooms to guarantee that once doors have been closed, no one is left inside with access.
  • Make sure the security system has been turned on.
(S ource: Federated Insurance, November 2016)
OSHA Affirms Injury Record Requirements

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule on Dec.19 to clarify that employers have a continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness for five years. The final rule will take effect Jan. 18. "This rule simply returns us to the standard practice of the last 40 years," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels. "It is important to keep in mind that accurate records are not just paperwork; they have a valuable and potentially life-saving purpose." The amendments in the final rule add no new compliance obligations and do not require employers to make records of any injuries or illnesses for which records are not already required, according to OSHA.

(Source: Business Insurance, December 2016)
Workers' Safety is Your Business

Texting while driving puts millions of Americans who drive on the job at risk every day. That risk continues to grow as texting becomes more widespread. As a business owner or manager, it's your legal responsibility under the Occupational Safety and Health Act to safeguard drivers at work. This holds true whether they drive full-time or only occasionally to carry out their work, and whether they drive a company vehicle or their own. When your workers are behind the wheel doing your company's work, their safety is your business.

Building a workplace culture of safety requires clear, explicit policies and sound practices. Send a clear message to workers and supervisors that your company neither requires nor condones texting while driving. Employers should:
  • Prohibit texting while driving. OSHA encourages employers to declare their vehicles "text-free zones" and to emphasize that commitment to their workers, customers and communities.
  • Establish work procedures and rules that do not make it necessary for workers to text while driving in order to carry out their duties.
  • Set up clear procedures, times, and places for drivers' safe use of texting and other technologies for communicating with managers, customers and others.
  • Incorporate safe communications practices into worker orientation and training. 
(Source: OSHA)
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2017 Calendar of Events

January 30 : Intro to Building Material Sales (Hickory, NC)
January 31 : BMSA Board & Executive Committee Meetings (Hickory, NC)
January 31-February 1 : Basic Blueprint Reading and Material Take-Off (Hickory, NC)
February 1-2 : BMSA's Building Products Show (Hickory, NC)
February 2 : Advanced Estimating and Material Take-Off (Hickory, NC)
March 1-2 : Installed Sales Roundtable (Charleston, SC)
March 22-24 : CFO Roundtable (Nashville, TN)
March 27-29 : NLBMDA Legislative Conference (Washington, D.C.)
March 30-31 : Leadership Development Roundtable #2 (Asheville, NC)
April 2-4 : Roundtable 3 (High Point, NC)
April 19-21 : Roundtable 1 (Asheville, NC)
April 27-28 : Sales Manager Roundtable (Charlotte, NC) 
May 9-10 : Leadership Development Roundtable # 1 (Nashville, TN)
May 17-19 : Roundtable 7 (Asheville, NC)
July 27-30: BMSA's Summer Conference (Virginia Beach, VA)

BMSA Holiday Hours
December 23 : Close at Noon
December 26 : Closed
January 2 : Closed

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