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Prepare for the Unexpected: October is National Fire Prevention Month

Posted by Mary Hallock on Oct 12, 2017 2:57:40 PM

Written by Mary Hallock, IMEC Technical Specialist

October is National Fire Prevention Month -- a great time to ensure your workforce is prepared for all types of emergencies. Start by reviewing any emergency procedures and documentation you have for the organization. Are they up-to-date? Do your staff know how to respond in the event of an emergency?

Fire in a business setting can cause an interruption in production, loss of revenue, and even worse, it could put your team at great risk. Understanding a few simple preparedness techniques may save you from a future catastrophe.

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10 Myths about Training Within Industry Job Instruction

Posted by Mary Hallock on Jun 21, 2017 12:52:00 PM

Written by Mary Hallock, IMEC Technical Specialist and TWI Certified Trainer

Training Within Industry (TWI) is a proven job training methodology that has been implemented successfully by companies for decades. Given the challenges of today's skills gap, it is critical to have systematic approaches to train and retrain staff. Yet, we hear plenty of myths about TWI… allow me to help dispel the myths and set you on a path to TWI success.

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Sometimes we need to focus on the safety basics

Posted by Mary Hallock on Jan 13, 2017 11:05:37 AM

Written by Mary Hallock, IMEC Technical Specialist and OSHA Authorized Trainer

Posture, Positioning and People Movement

When we focus our time and efforts on making safety corrections we often focus on machine guarding, lockout/tagout and some of the other programs that require written programs, and regular documented training. However, a good deal of injuries and costs are caused by injuries on walking surfaces or due to ergonomic issues in our work. 

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Don't let accidents just "happen" - Update your walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards

Posted by Mary Hallock on Dec 7, 2016 4:27:52 PM

Written by Mary Hallock, IMEC Technical Specialist and OSHA Authorized Trainer

Falls from heights and from the same level happen at workplaces more often than you might think. Injuries from falls are a leading cause of serious workplace injuries and deaths. OSHA has recently updated their walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards for general industry. Make today the day to consider training so your employees are aware of these workplace hazards.

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Quick Time Saver: "Organizational Rules" to Reduce Email Waste

Posted by Mary Hallock on Feb 10, 2014 8:41:17 AM

Written by Mary Hallock - IMEC Manufacturing Specialist

Every day people are busy at work - our minds become cluttered with information from one source or another; some of it's important and some is just noise. Do yourself AND your co-workers a favor and remember these nine simple rules for reducing email waste.

  • Rule 1 – Limit “CC’s” to only those that are ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. Make a rule that employees can choose to BLOCK all CC e-mails.
  • Rule 2 – No more than two “cycles” back and forth between correspondents. If the issue is not resolved by that point, USE THE TELEPHONE!
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Up-Cycle Your Company's Excess Waste

Posted by Mary Hallock on Jul 22, 2013 3:00:21 AM

Written by Mary Hallock, IMEC Technical Specialist 

Continuously improving your company and eliminating waste includes the environmental and energy wastes that are being generated in your facility. Perhaps you should do as one company does and think of it not as waste, but EXCESS. Excess isn't garbage that needs to be thrown away, but extra materials that should be used.

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The Mystery of Escaping Energy

Posted by Mary Hallock on Sep 7, 2012 10:34:52 AM

Written by Mary Hallock, IMEC Technical Specialist 

Small Steps to Save Energy 

The IMEC blog recently posted a report link titled “Energy Efficiency and Cook County Manufacturers." The report, sponsored by the Delta Institute describes energy efficiency recommendations that are commonly recommended to manufacturers and discusses why the most cost effective measures are often NOT implemented.

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Waste to Profit Teams Up with OSHA Grant

Posted by Mary Hallock on Sep 12, 2011 2:50:26 PM

Written by Mary Hallock, IMEC Technical Specialist and OSHA Authorized Trainer

For our most recent Rockford area Waste-to-Profit meeting we combined the areas of safety and environmental compliance into one program.   We presented the Chemical Safety Workshop material and  added some material that focused on hazardous waste recycling and pollution prevention.

The more I worked on my material and tied it into the Chemical Safety Workshop material, the more I realized how the sustainable aspect of handling chemicals goes hand in hand with the safety aspect.  If we minimize exposure to our employees, then we minimize exposure to the environment.

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