BMSA's Safety First! 
November 2015
Prepare Your Fleet For Winter

With winter quickly approaching, it is important to prepare your fleets for colder temperatures. Below are some tips about how to winterize your fleet. Think ahead. While we don't want it to happen, mechanical problems do occur. In the winter months, it is especially important to make sure that there are emergency kits in each vehicle. These kits should include a blanket, food, and warm clothing to help the driver stay warm if he/she ever gets stuck in a vehicle and has to wait for help to come.

Get proper tires. Winter tires are different from the tires that would normally be used in warmer months because winter tires are made from different material that is designed not to harden as much at lower temperatures. Winter tires also have wider grooves, which can improve stopping distance. Think about putting tires that are built for colder weather on your vehicles.

Protect the exterior of your vehicles. Consider deep washing and waxing your fleet as a way to possibly protect it against the elements this winter. Harsh temperatures can be hard on vehicles, and this is one prevention technique that may prevent long-term body damage.

(Source: Stacy Papp, Fleetmatics)
Silent Killer: Carbon Monoxide Hazard Bigger This Time of Year 
  Don't fall prey to this toxic gas. CO usually originates from fuel-burning equipment operated in an enclosed area. Protecting yourself from this gas is a tricky business. Not only is it colorless, it is also odorless and hard to detect. Take it from carbon monoxide victims themselves who weren't able to save themselves or call for help just because they did not know what serious hazards they were exposed to. The following are general tips on preventing carbon monoxide poisoning or minimizing exposure to this gas at the workplace: 
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector with an audible and visual warning alarm at least 15 feet away from gas-powered equipment.
  • Do not install CO detectors near fans, swamp coolers or other sources of fresh or cool air as they can keep it from making accurate readings.
  • Regularly maintain and test carbon monoxide detectors. 
  • Inspect ventilation and heating systems regularly, especially before and during cold or hot weather.
  • Prohibit workers from operating fuel-powered equipment, engines or tools in poorly ventilated areas. Click here to learn more.
(Source: Safety Services Company) 


NLBMDA's Delivery & Fleet Safety Program
The Delivery & Fleet Safety (DFS) program is an invaluable safety tool that will help you train your employees to be a more safe, productive, and efficient workforce. A DFS trained driver is smarter, achieves better fuel efficiency, lowers maintenance costs, and reduces material damage.
The DFS program includes:
  • Industry-Specific Video, DVD, and Handbook: Demonstrates all aspects of safe and proper loading and transporting of materials from the yard to the job site; provides education on and assistance with OSHA/FMCSA regulations. Ten handbooks are provided.
  • Trainer's Manual: Walks you through the step-by-step process to conduct your own training session with a list of the key concepts to highlight and discuss.
  • DFS Poster and Certificates: Outlines, in full color, the basic key concepts for a daily visual reminder of lessons presented. Ten certificates recognizing completion of training are also provided.
Pricing and Order Information:
The Delivery & Fleet Safety Training Kit and DVD is available to NLBMDA members at the rate of $199 and to non-members at the rate of $349. Order training kit with DVD today!

If you would like to order the Delivery & Fleet Safety DVD Only NLBMDA members can purchase it for the rate of $60 and non-members $85. Order DVD today! 
Purchase the Newly Updated Safety, OSHA & DOT Manual Today!

This manual is designed specifically for the Building Material Industry to keep your business in compliance with OSHA's latest regulations. The updated manual covers everything from: general safety rules, forklift safety, hazard communication, emergency plans, personal protective equipment, workers compensation, fleet safety, OSHA regulations, safety recognition programs, and much more. Click here to read more about the latest manual and purchase yours today!
Special Deal Coming Your Way!

Don't forget BMSA has a Spanish version of the Lumber and Building Material Reference Manual for sale. A special price of only $5 per copy through the end of the year! If you would like to purchase a manual, please contact Jane Gillespie at 800-849-1503 or
Calendar of Events


December 1: Beat Last Year Sales Seminar (Charlotte, NC)

December 2-3: Emerging Leaders/Next Gen Roundtable (Charlotte, NC)

February 1: Intro to Building Material Sales Seminar (Hickory, NC)
February 2-3: Basic Blueprint Reading + Material Take-Off Seminar (Hickory, NC)
February 3-4: BMSA Building Products Show (Hickory, NC)

February 4: Advanced Estimating + Material Take-Off Seminar (Hickory, NC) 
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November 26th and 27th
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