Monday, 24 February 2014

Conservative Government "Right To Work" Law Could Damage The Economy




The Conservative government adopting U S style "Right To Work Laws" could seriously damage the construction industry and economy . 





Here are five consequences for adapting this U S style type of law.

1.Training
The Ontario Construction Secretariat  estimates that contributions made by the unionized construction industry exceeds $40 MILLION dollars towards various training trust funds. Without unions help, money spent towards training would be significantly less.

How will Canadians receive training without the unions strong training programs?

2. Apprenticeship
Construction unions and union employers heavily invest in the delivery and support of industry training centers and colleges. Supporting 3,626 apprentices in 2011. That's up 1,271 from 2001. The number of young workers in apprenticeships is significantly increased do to the help from the unionized construction industry.

Where will our young workers start their apprenticeship without an apprenticeship program?

3.Benefits
Statistics Canada estimated that only 12.7% of non-union employers with 20 or fewer workers provide retirement saving or pension plans. This is the most common type of company in the non-union construction industry. These benefits are extremely important to Canadian family's. Providing them with pension and retirement savings plans, health and dental insurance, life insurance and disability insurance. 

What will Canadians do when the conservative government takes away their drug and dental plans?

4. Wages
Statistics Canada administered surveys in 2009 covering 36 construction trades and occupations between non-union wage versus union wage and on average the union wage was 26.3% higher then non union. Not only will union wages decrease do to the conservative "Right To Work" laws. non-union employers will have less pressure to offer a competitive wages. Decreasing the wages of all construction trades.

How will the conservative government keep construction workers out of poverty with a wage decrease of almost 26.3%?

5. Health and Safety
Construction Unions invest heavily on health and safety in the work place. Several thousand union members have been trained to be health and safety representatives promoting a safer work environment. Health and safety is extremely important when working in a unionized work environment.  On average, non-union employers had injury rates that are roughly double the rate of unionized employers. Non-union employers do not focus on safety as much as unionized employers

Will health and safety in the workplace suffer after the unions are gone?

Saturday, 22 February 2014

How to add a screen shot to your blog

Adding a screen shot to your blog is can be very quick and easy. Use this blog to save your screen shot

Here is a screen shot of me making this blog

                        While on the screen you want to capture 

        Windows                   Mac            Android                      iOS
PrtSc SysRq Button
Command     Volume Down             Home
       +                     +                            +
    Shift           Power Button     Power Button
       +                     =                            =
       #              Screen Shot          Screen Shot
       3


Click Paste in your favorite photo editor, I like adobe Photoshop then crop the part of the screen shot you want and save to web quality.



Now you have the perfect screen shot you can use for your blog

How to use labels on blogger


                                                       


Organizing your blog can be a little tough until you figure out how labels are used.

Labels allows users to navigate through your blog easily and efficiently, 

when you ad a new label to a blog it is automatically added to your categories list (labels Gadget). Although creating a new page for each blog category seems to be the way to go at first glance it would be impossible to do so.

Google will only allow one blog per page and the reason google organizes it this way is so you can have one blog in multiple categories with out the content being repeated. 

Labels are not indexed by google and there for you can have duplicates of blogs listed in different categories with out the info being redundantly copied through out your blog.

In order to see your category list ad the gadget Labels. you can even have it in the form of a bar across your page simply drag the gadget to the top of the page in your layout and click preview.


Place the labels tab where it says sponsor you will get the Lables tab to look and act like a bar.






Pages should be used to show one piece of content eg. About, Contact us or Links


When adding a label to a blog simply click on the labels tab and click the labels you want that blog to show up in. To create a new label simply type it and it will automatically be added to the label gadget.



Check out my blog to see how I have usedto create a categories

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Friday, 21 February 2014

Safety Hazards

Discuss Safety hazards when they appear.

 PPE. is a important part of every day work on the job whether it's using a proper face shield while using a grinder or wearing ear protection while working with loud noises.Workers need to be trained to use and supplied with the necessary PPE.

Here is a common list of hazards and the proper PPE to use.

Chain saw = Face shield, chainsaw pants and jacket, proper chain guard and ear plugs.

Welding = welding mask, Welding jacket, benie or fire risistant cap, proper gloves and ventalation if needed.

Hammering = gloves and eye protection.

Dry wall prepping = Goggles, dust mask and gloves

Discuss the hazards that your crew will encounter during the day and ways to avoid them.Some times PPE should be the last resort, avoiding hazards all together is the best solution.When all else fails use the proper PPE and stay safe.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Free back links for your website:

 your web site gets you noticed


1. Get your website back links. Back links tell google and other search engines how prevalent your website is to the rest of the world. With more back links your site has a better chance on moving up the google ladder.

2. Create free back links on the web by using services like www.pickus.org Its a free service that allows customers to find your website and details on the web easily.

3. Blogging can create back links to your website. www.pickus.org has a wonderful blog spot that allows you to promote your business as well as speak your mind. Adding a link to your website and directory allows customers to find you easier and crates more back links.


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Get Your Business Noticed

Business exposure is the greatest tool for bringing in quality customers.



1. When using a site like www.pickus.org having the right add can bring quality customers right to your door. Using multiple categories gives you multiple listings and greater exposure to clients.

2.  Get to the point. When creating adds on www.pickus.org you want your customers to know exactly what type of service you offer. Make sure the description of your business tells customers exactly what your offering.


3. Stunning logo. By placing your logo and brand on our directory. You give customers a chance to recognize who you are. The more customers that see your logo, the more they trust and want to use your services.



Online exposure


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How to paint a room

The steps on painting a room can be quite confusing, what to paint first? Once you have prepped the walls you should paint the room in this sequence


1. Start with painting the ceiling.

2. Next proceed to paint the crown or cove molding at the top of the room.

3. Now paint the walls giving them to full coats

4. Next the door and trim if needed

5. Finish the room with the bottom trim or baseboard.

Choosing the right heat

Finding the right heat for your home isn't always straight foreword, you some times need to explore all options first.



1. Forced Air is probably the most common type of heating these days, and can be fairly efficient using oil or natural gas. Installing ducts can seem to be costly and a hassle but one advantage you use the ducts for cooling as well.

2. Using Radiant Heat In your home can be extremely efficient. It's one of the best forms of heating due to the way it works. Heating the walls, floors and objects in the room rather than heating the air.

3. Electric Heat could be one of the worst ways of heating your home costing more then any other system out there. Although if your in a pinch this system can be easily installed and maintained.

4. Geothermal Heating can be highly efficient and save you energy, using the heat of the earth with a closed-loop geothermal system you can harness the earths energy.

Use WWW.PICKUS.ORG to find the right heating and air conditioning professional near you.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Heat Stress


When your cooling system can’t keep up with the heat your body dehydrates and your temp rises above 38 C you get heat related illnesses such as...
Rash = (plugged sweat glands)
Heat cramps = (sweating has caused salt loss)

Heat exhaustion
your body cant keep blood flowing both to vital organs and to the skin for cooling
Symptoms:
feeling faint, headache, breathlessness, nausea or vomiting, hard to continue working.
Treatment:
Move to shaded area, loosen clothing, drink cool water (not freezing cold)
30 min to cool down, could lead to heat stroke

Heat stroke = death
When your body has used all its water and salt it’s lost the ability to cool itself, temp reaches dangerous levels.
Symptoms
Confusion and irrational behaviour (if you start speaking a different language)
Convulsions, unconsciousness, stop sweating (hot dry skin)
High body temp above 40 C
Treatment
Call emergency (get the worker to the hospital)
Immerse in cool water or cool shower
If worker becomes unconscious don’t give them anything to drink.

Controls

Light loose clothing, light coloured (absorbs less heat), Drink small amounts of water (8oz) every half hour, Avoid coffee or tea that would make you go to the bathroom frequently, avoid hot heavy meals, physical condition (age, weight, fitness, high blood pressure)

Compressed Air Course


Emphasize the hazards.
Basically, there are three hazards associated with compressed air: air pressure, flying particles, and noise.
Air pressure
  • Air under a lot of pressure can penetrate the skin, causing haemorrhaging and pain. If compressed air gets into the body through cuts in the skin, an air bubble (embolism) could form in the bloodstream, and that could kill a worker if a bubble gets to the heart or lungs. Furthermore, compressed air entering the body through the mouth or nose can cause injury to internal tissues and organs. Compressed air that hits an eye can blow the eyeball from its socket, and compressed air blown into an ear can rupture the eardrum.
Flying particles
  • Air pressure of 40 pounds can drive chips and other particles into the eyes and face with the force of shrapnel. Flying particles can also cause cuts and bruises to other parts of the body.
Noise
  • Compressed air is noisy, too. Noise levels can sometimes reach or exceed 120 decibels.
Make sure your workers wear essential personal protective equipment (PPE). It's a safe bet that some of your employees probably don't think about the need for PPE when they use compressed air. And yet it's essential for preventing the kinds of injuries just identified. Recommended PPE includes:
  • Safety glasses with side shields or goggles
  • Face shield
  • Hearing protection
  • Dust mask or respirator (may be required, depending on materials in use and the work environment)
Focus on safe work rules.
Make sure the line you're working with is an air hose, not a gas or water line. (Sometimes hose lines cross and a worker could be fooled.)
  • Inspect the hose to make sure it's in good condition and properly connected.
  • Keep air hoses off the floor where they can be tripping hazards or become damaged.
  • Prevent sharp objects from rubbing against air hoses.
  • Always coil the hose--without kinks--when it's not in use and hang it over a broad support, not on a hook or nail.
  • When you have a choice of pressure, use the lowest pressure that will do the job.
  • Never point an air hose or air gun at anyone--including your self.
  • Choose a safer, better way to clean dust from your clothes, such as a brush or vacuum.
  • Don't fool around when using an air hose. It's a tool that should be used with caution, not a toy for engaging in horseplay.




Instructor _______________________________________________________

Employee Signature _______________________________________________ Date: _____________________________

Compressed Air Quiz

1. When working with compressed air you should all ways
a) Use the highest pressure to get the job done quicker
b) Use the lowest pressure that will do the job
c) Point the air hose at your face to remove dust

2. When working with compressed air you should never
a) Store the hose on the ground in a pile
b) Hang the hose on a nail on the wall
c) Use compressed air as a toy or engage in horse play with it
d) All of the above

3. When working with compressed air you should
a) Wear safety glasses with side shield or goggles
b) Use hearing protection
c) Use a dust mask or respirator
d) All of the above

4.Compressed air accidents can result in serious, disabling injuries and even death, on occasion.
a) True b) False



Signature ____________________________


Instructor ____________________________ Date __________________

Worker Participation In Safety Program


  1. On each job-site where 5 or more workers are employed, Health and Safety Representative is chosen by the workers. Duties and powers of the Health and Safety Representative are listed in Section 8 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Ontario and section 14 of this program.
  2. Employees are required to promptly report Health and Safety concerns and suggestions for improvement, regarding health and safety, to their Supervisor. Concerns may be reported verbally or on one of our Safety Action Forms. Any Employee who submits a Safety concern written on one of these forms will receive a written response within 21 days.
  1. In the unlikely event that Workers are directed to perform work that would endanger themselves or another person, they are required to exercise their right, under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, to refuse unsafe work. Procedures to be followed, by all workplace parties in the event of a work refusal, are outlined in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters manual.

  1. Workers who knowingly fail to work safely will be written up on a Safety Action Report Form by the supervisor, business manager and or operations manager. Safety Action Report Forms are reviewed and signed by the operations manager every 21 days. Workers who have been written up for unsafe acts will receive the following disciplinary actions from the operations manager. First offenders will receive a verbal warning, the second offence will result in a written warning, the third offence will result in a suspension based on the severity of the offence and the forth offence will receive a dismissal or suspension based on the severity of the offence and past re-occurrences.

2) Location of Programs, Procedures and Policies
Written copies of our Health and Safety Program and Safe Operating Procedures Manuals are kept in the Office area beside the job board.
3)Education and Training
The goal of our Health and Safety training program is to prevent injuries while complying with legal and company standards.

Training Review Schedule



2011 SAFETY TRAINING

GROUPS


TOPICS
OPERATIONS
H&S REP
FOREMAN
WORKER
WHMIS
YES
YES
YES
YES
FIRST AID
YES
YES
YES
OPTIONAL
FORKLIFT OPERATION
OPTIONAL
YES
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
LOCK-OUT & MACHINE SAFETY
OPTIONAL
YES
YES
OPTIONAL
FALL ARREST
YES
YES
YES
YES
CONFINED SPACE ENTRY
OPTIONAL
YES
YES
OPTIONAL
PROPANE SAFETY
OPTIONAL
YES
OPTIONAL
OPTIONAL
SAFETY ORIENTATION SESSION
YES
YES
YES
YES
COMPATENT WORKER
YES
YES
YES
YES
RESPIRATORY PROTECTION
OPTIONAL
YES
YES
OPTIONAL
LEGISATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES
YES
YES
YES
OPTIONAL
SUPERVISORY TRAINING
OPTIONAL
YES
YES
OPTIONAL
ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION
OPTIONAL
YES
YES
OPTIONAL
SAFETY TALKS
OPTIONAL
YES
YES
OPTIONAL


SAFETY ACTION REPORT

Warning lables

THIS FORM MAY BE USED TO REPORT SAFETY HAZARDS AND THE DETAILS OF CORRECTIVE ACTION WHICH HAS BEEN TAKEN. BOTH HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS AND UNSAFE ACTS MAY BE REPORTED ON THIS FORM.
PLEASE GIVE THE COMPLETED FORM TO THE PERSON TO WHOM YOU USUALLY REPORT, AND SEND A COPY TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY REP.


TIME__________DATE__________
ADDRESS _______________________________ CONSTRUCTOR ________________________________________
SITE SUPERVISOR ____________________________ DF SITE SUPERVISOR ______________________________


LOCATION OF THE HAZARD? _____________________________________________________________________

DESCRIPTION OF THE HAZARDOUS CONDITION OR ACT
_________________________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________________
RECOMMENDED CORRECTIVE ACTION ____________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________________

ACTION TAKEN TO ELIMINATE HAZARD
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
THE ‘ACTION TAKEN’ PORTION OF THIS FORM MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN 21 CALENDAR DAYS. PLEASE SEND A COPY TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY REP SO THAT THE LOG CAN BE UPDATED.


REPORTED BY _______________________

REPORTED TO _______________________

Reviewed by manager of operations Action against
Date: ____________________ Date: ______________________

Signature: ___________________ Signature: _______________________

Fork Lift Operator Check List

PROPANE POWERED LIFT TRUCKS OPERATOR CHECK LIST PAGE 1 OF 1

DATE: ____________ TRUCK #: __________ HOUR METER: _____________ DEPT. ____________

OPERATORS





INDICATE OK OR NEEDS ATTN.

PRE - OPERATIONAL CHECKS
O.K.
NEED ATTENTION
1
INSPECT FORKS (Cracks, Damage, Level, Locking Pins)


2
CARRIAGE (Bent or Damaged)


3
LIFT CHAINS (Tension, Mounting Pins Damaged)


4
LIFT CYL., TILT CYL., HYD. HOSES (Leaking or Damaged)


5
HOSE REEL (Damage, Leaks)


6
TIRES (Chunked, Separated, Damaged)


7
FLUIDS (Oil, Trans. Hydraulic)


8
RADIATOR (Level and for Leaks)


9
PROPANE TANK (Secure, S.V. Vertical, Leaks, & Gauge)


10
GENERAL CONDITION (Damage Etc.)


11
FIRE EXTINGUISHER



OPERATIONAL CHECKS


1
EMERGENCY BRAKE (Forward, Reverse)


2
SERVICE BRAKE (Forward, Reverse)


3
STEERING (Left, Right)


4
HORN, LIGHTS (Operational, Damage)


5
BATTERY FLUID LEVEL


6
TIRES


7
NOISES



COMMENTS: (PLEASE EXPLAIN ALL ITEMS NEEDING ATTENTION)
















TURN OVER IF ADDITIONAL SPACE IS REQUIRED FOR COMMENTS.

Spill Response Procedures


Major Spill
In the event of a spill which:
It involves the release of a type or quantity of a chemical that poses an immediate risk to health or it involves an uncontrolled fire or explosion:
Evacuate the building:
Call 911 and give details of the accident including location, types of hazardous materials involved, and whether there is personal injury. If the accident involves personal injury or chemical contamination, follow these steps:

1) Move the victim from the immediate area of fire, explosion, or spill (if this can be done without further injury to the victim or you).
2) Locate nearest emergency eyewash in shop. Remove any contaminated clothing from the victim and flush all areas of the body contacted by chemicals with copious amounts of water for 15 minutes.
3) Administer first aid as appropriate and seek medical attention.

Minor Spill
In the event of a spill involving the release of a type or quantity of a chemical which does not pose an immediate risk to health and does not involve chemical contamination to the body:
1. Notify personnel and neighbors of the accident.
2. Isolate the area. Close doors and evacuate the immediate area if necessary.
3. Remove ignition sources and unplug nearby electrical equipment.
4. Establish exhaust ventilation. Vent vapors to outside of building only (open windows).
5. Locate spill kit.
6. Choose appropriate personal protective equipment (goggles, face shield, impervious gloves, lab coat, apron, etc.)
7. Confine and contain spill. Cover with appropriate absorbent material. Acid and base spills should be neutralized prior to cleanup. Sweep solid material into a plastic dust pan and place in a sealed 5 gallon container.
8. Wet mop spill area. Be sure to decontaminate broom, dustpan, etc. Put all contaminated items (gloves, clothing, etc.) into a sealed 5 gallon container or plastic bag. Bring all waste to the next Waste Open House.
SPECIAL EMERGENCY TREATMENT
Skin Contact
1. Immediately flush with copious amounts of water under an emergency shower.
2. Remove all clothing while under the shower. Flush skin for 5 minutes.
3. Flush skin until medical personnel arrive.
4. Get medical attention immediately.
Eye Contact
1. Immediately flush eyes with water with the eyewash for 15 minutes.

2. Get medical attention immediately.

Gas leak Emergency Evacuation Plan

Gas leak Emergency Evacuation Plan

A strong odor-ant (such as ethyl mercaptan) is deliberately added to the otherwise colorless and odorless natural gas so that leaks can be easily detected by smell before an explosion occurs.

NATURAL GAS EMERGENCY
Situations where all of the following conditions are present:
The natural gas odor is persistent, i.e., continues to be detected via sense of smell.

If you smell gas and suspect a leak:

  1. Cease all operations immediately and do not operate any electrical devices (phones, electrical switches, electrical machines etc.).
2. IF smell is strong leave the area and call 911.
3. DO NOT CALL FROM AFFECTED AREA, OR TURN ELECTRIC SWITCHES ON OR OFF, phones or any other electrical equipment can create a source of ignition with enough energy to ignite fumes.
4. If gas smell is on the inside and windows can be easily opened, open to ventilate the area.
5. Evacuate the building by the nearest exit. Notify other building occupants in the affected area to do so as well. If any person for whatever reason cannot safely evacuate the building, assist them to an area of refuge such as a stairwell away from the emergency area. Alert emergency response personnel of their location.
6. Once outside, move away from the building at least 200 feet to the evacuation area, keep driveways and sidewalks clear for emergency crews.
7. Do not return to an evacuated building unless authorized to do so by emergency personnel.


In the event of a fire




Use this Procedure for your company fire safety policy







    1.       KEEP CALM.
    2.     EVACUATE: all occupants from the room in which the fire has occurred.
    3.       CLOSE THE DOORS AND WINDOWS and leave the room.
    4.       PULL THE FIRE ALARM OR CALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. Tell them your exact location and the nature of the emergency.
    5.       ONLY IF IT IS COMPLETELY SAFE TO DO SO, return to fight the fire with a fire extinguisher until the Fire Dept. arrives. (see FIRE EXTINGUISHERS)
    6.       EVACUATE OCCUPANTS FROM THE ADJOINING AREA if there is any danger from spreading fire, smoke, fumes or extreme heat.
 
FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
  1. Use a fire extinguisher only if it is completely safe to do so. If there is any danger at all from fire, smoke, fumes or extreme heat, LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY.
  2. Determine what type of fire you have and check the label on the extinguisher to make sure it is intended for your type of fire. Letters on the label indicate the type of fire it will fight:
  1.      A = wood, cardboard, paper, cloth
  2.      B = flammable liquids and gases
  3.     C = electrical equipment
  4.    D = metals
(Never use water on an electrical fire – water can cause a fatal shock.)
    1. Use the PASS system to put out the fire:
  1.     Pull the pin or ring. Some units require releasing of a lock latch, pressing a puncture lever, or other motion.
  2.    Aim the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the fire.
  3.     Squeeze or press the handle.
  4.   Sweep from side to side slowly at the base of the fire until it goes out.
    1.      If the fire gets big, GET OUT! Close the door to slow the spread of the fire.
 
FIRE PREVENTION

  1.     Check to see that all fire exits, doorways, stairways, aisles and corridors are not obstructed or blocked at anytime.
  2.    Make sure you know the location of all fire exits.
  3.    Poor housekeeping is a fire breeder. Avoid all unnecessary accumulation of combustible debris.
  4.     Regularly check all electrical cords and plugs for fraying or cracked wire insulation and fitness for use. OSHA prohibits the use of un grounded extension cords longer than 12 feet in office buildings.
  5.     Store all flammable liquids, such as copy machine fluids, cleaning products, solvents, etc. according to instructions on label.
  6.     Report fluorescent lights that give off a loud humming sound, as this may indicate a defective ballast.
  7.    Turn off all coffeemakers and other personal electrical appliances when they are not in use. Check the plugs, cords and wiring on a regular basis to determine if they are in good condition.
  8.     SMOKING IS PROHIBITED IN ALL BUILDINGS. When smoking outdoors, completely extinguish all smoking materials and place them in an ash tray or trash container.