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At Romanow Building Services, a serious safety commitment is evidenced by our Associate Handbook which outlines safety as follows: 

 "Safety - yours, your fellow associates as well as our customers, is the first priority in our work.  While quality service is always our goal, that goal is impossible to attain if anyone on the RBS team forgets to put safety first.  Our job is to provide a safe, clean environment for our customers." 

The following is a partial list of other safety programs at RBS.  Often our customerís jobsites have special safety requirements and concerns.  In that case, RBS works with the customer to design site-specific programs to address those needs.

MONTHLY ON SITE SAFETY MEETINGS

The entire account staff attends these mandatory meetings which feature an awareness topic presentation (video/lecture/guest/speaker), review of recent company incidents, brainstorming prevention ideas and safety suggestions from the associate group are common.

SAFETY AUDITS

A safety questionnaire is reviewed with associates monthly.  (When did you last check your electrical cords?  How did you do it and what did you find?  When do you use Wet floor signs?  What, if anything, do you do when you notice someone working in an unsafe manner?)  Safety Audits are used to heighten awareness, and prevent accidents.

TAILGATE MEETINGS

Informational meeting  with small groups of associates and their supervisor to notify them of an incident that has just occurred or a near-miss.

SUPERVISOR SAFETY INSPECTIONS

To eliminate potential hazards, monthly inspections of janitor closets, (liquids stored below shoulder height, heavy containers stored on lower shelves, lids are tight on containers) and equipment (electrical cords in good repair, clean equipment in good repair) are performed. 

COMPANY SAFETY SLOGAN CONTEST

Annually, RBS conducts a Safety Slogan Contest in which all associates are encouraged to submit entries.  Six finalists are selected and all associates vote to select the winner.  The winning slogan is used for posters, notepads, key chains and other safety awareness items throughout the year.  The associate submitting the winning slogan receives a $50 gift certificate.

SAFETY ORIENTATION

Included are videos and lectures on safe work practices, personal protective equipment (rubber gloves, safety glasses, etc.), proper dress code (long pants, shirts with sleeves, etc.), and safe methods for handling cleaning chemicals, equipment, supplies and lifting.  All are essential in minimizing accidents.

CHEMICAL HAZARD COMMUNICATIONS

RBS Informs all associates of the hazards of the chemicals that are used in their daily duties.  This information is covered during pre-employment orientations as required by OSHA.  MSDS sheets for every product are available at the RBS jobsite office, customerís office/medical facility where applicable, and in the District Managers vehicle.  MSDS communications are posted in all janitor closets and jobsite offices instructing associates where MSDS books are located.

OSHA BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS

It is first determined which associates work in areas where exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens are likely, then further training is provided and Hepatitis B vaccination offered.

ANNUAL COMPANY SAFETY CONTEST

All company associates compete for the IMPROVED safety records (current year vs. prior year).  Categories include recordable and lost time incidents.  Improved jobsites receive a lunch at their jobsite and other special recognition.

ACCOUNT ORIENTATION

Site specific safety rules are emphasized (safety glasses/side shields, steel toed foot wear, safety showers, evacuation procedures, etc.) to ensure associates follow safety practices of the company and account.

MEDICAL TREATMENT

Immediate medical treatment for all associates is provided if necessary.   

QUARTERLY SAFETY AUDIT

Safety audit and loss control review data is presented to supervisors and managers to identify accidents trends or program deficiencies.  Brainstorming incident trends/causes are common in taking measures to prevent future incidents.

INCIDENT REPORTS

All incidents are reported and documented on the RBS incident form.  This form provides details of the date and time of the injury, type of treatment provided and name of attending physician, clinic, or hospital where associate received treatment.  Also included on this form are explanations of the actual event leading to the injury, witnesses, investigation details and recommendations to avoid future incidents of the same type.

STATISTICAL DATA

RBS uses OSHA (recordable and non-recordable) reporting for tracking all incidents to enable us to be uniform and detect seriousness/causes of incidents.  This data is used to measure our safety programs and positively impact our safety record, resulting in a safer work environment.

INJURY MANAGEMENT

Injury management includes direct follow up with any injured associate.  RBS wants to know how the associate is progressing during recovery and make sure help is available in every way possible.  Our associates know that we care about them, appreciate their service and encourage a speedy recovery.  Restricted or favored work is offered whenever possible in an attempt to ease an associate back into the work force.  A detailed checklist for supervisors ensures that a proactive approach is followed for every incident, serious or slight. 

SAFETY COMMITTEES

Associates rotate serving on safety committees.  Duties of committee members can include accident investigation, safety meeting topic design and presentation, brainstorming safety activities and other safety related activities.  The involvement increases safety awareness and participation.
 

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