A1’s Plans for OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week

Safety is always our #1 priority. A1 Orange is excited to be participating in OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week, August 13-19. We are planning incentives to make it fun for our workers to think about safety this week. Both field and office staff are participating in special safety activities and trainings in areas identified by managers and workers and assigning teams to look for any possible office and warehouse safety hazards.

Here is our plan:

Advance Promotion:  We are meeting with team members on Thursday, August 9, to give them a heads-up on the upcoming week’s activities and incentives.
Incentives:  If a team member takes three photos relating to our Safe + Sound Week safety items, they get a $10 Wawa or Gate card for a free lunch! If half of the team members earn the $10 GC, there is a drawing for $100 among those participants.
Daily Safety Focus:  Monday – protecting the public and property with cones and caution tape; Tuesday – rope safety/hi-rise and fall prevention/low-rise; Wednesday — electrical hazards; Thursday – ladder safety.
Three Special Safety Training Sessions (15-40 minutes duration):  Rope safety, electrical hazards and ladder safety.
Wrap-Up Safety Celebration & Prizes: Thursday, August 16, with presentation of $10 gift certificates and drawings (hopefully) for $100 in Orlando and Jacksonville. Plan to take a picture of the group with our OSHA Safe + Sound Certificate!

A1 Orange is also coordinating with the Orlando Police Department to hold a women’s self-defense training program at our office at 1345 Long Street, Orlando, in August or September. More details to come as soon as we have a date!

Participate in Safe + Sound Week!

Join A1 Orange as a participant in Safe + Sound Week, August 13-19, an OSHA Alliance Program supported by the IWCA (International Window Cleaning Association.) According to OSHA, this is “a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.”

Whether your company begins your planning or conducts your safety-enhancing activities during this week, OSHA reminds us that “successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line.” We challenge you and your company to join A1 Orange in making your property and business more Safe + Sound!

Participating in this program is straight-forward. See our 5 easy steps below and visit OSHA’s Safe & Sound Week online resources to:

  1. Get ideas on how to organize your team and tenants to identify safety hazards and help make your property and business safer.
  2. Register your participation at the link above, begin your planning during the week of August 13-19 and execute within the next month.
  3. Conduct an activity to engage your employees and tenants in boosting safety in your office and property.
  4. Earn an OSHA Safe + Sound Week certificate to display in your office and the right to use a Safe + Sound Week web badge on your website and in online marketing.
  5. A1 Orange Personal Bonus! All property managers, who post on their Facebook @A1 Orange Exterior Building Services and/or email us that they have registered, will receive an orange safety whistle.

Check back here for more information on A1 Orange’s Safe + Sound Week activities!

Streamlining OSHA 1910 Compliance Process

Brian Rivers, PE, PM&A clarified a few key points on how A1 Orange and PM&A will work together to simplify and expedite the OSHA 1910 compliance process for our business partners and allow servicing to continue.
  • Since many property owners/managers were unable to meet OSHA 1910 roof anchorage certification and fall protection requirements by November 20, 2017, OSHA has provided for an extension of this deadline and servicing of these buildings. They must provide documentation that they are in the process of having their property evaluated, and are making plans to bring it into compliance – due diligence.
  • Working with A1 Orange, PM&A will visit your property and develop a proposal for the testing/inspections required to meet OSHA 1910’s requirements. If additional equipment is needed, they may also be able to provide a proposal for these services. This proposal satisfies OSHA’s due diligence requirement.
  • OSHA 1910 safety compliance impacts any contractor (i.e. HVAC, roofing, replacement windows, exterior building services) whose work involves walking around on your roof and/or attaching to your anchors to do work on the side of your building or for personal fall restraint systems. They are not legally allowed to perform work near unprotected roof edges if your fall protection equipment has not been tested and inspected or isn’t in the due diligence process described above.

 

 
Founded in 2006, PM&A is a multi-discipline engineering firm based in Atlanta, Georgia, that works with property managers and building owners to develop façade access and rooftop safety equipment solutions. PM&A shares key values with A1 Orange, including a commitment to fast response, excellent customer service, and high-quality work. Find more information on PM&A here.