Reinforcing Safety in Your Workplace

I’ve worked in a few manufacturing facilities throughout my career and no matter where I’ve been, management always tooted their horn about how important safety was.  I’ve heard the slogans: ‘No Safety – Know Pain’, ‘Accidents Hurt.  Safety Doesn’t.’, ‘Safety Starts With YOU!’.  I’ve heard the talk, but I haven’t always believed it was as important as it should have been (and I’m certain I wasn’t alone in my skepticism).

PMG’s Summer of Safety Series

While PMG corporate employees aren’t working in a manufacturing facility most days, safety still needs to be a priority for us. This said, we’re taking the summer to turn our focus to the importance of safety in ANY workplace.

So far, we’ve developed an emergency evacuation map, defined tornado shelter space, watched a video preparing us for an active shooter situation, had the Bloomington fire inspectors teach us how to properly use a fire extinguisher, and participated in a self-defense class provided by Krav Maga Minneapolis.

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Staying Safe During Extreme Heat

As the summer starts to wind down, our focus will be shifting to injuries that our employees have experienced out in the field.  With that, I wanted to take a minute to talk about staying safe during extreme heat (while I dream of snow, comfy sweatshirts, and the LONG winter ahead):

  • Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes
  • Eat light – the more calories you take in, the more body heat you produce
  • Hydrate and drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Drink at least 8 ounces of fluid per half hour
  • Avoid liquids that contain alcohol, caffeine, or large amounts of sugar
  • Choose the proper type and amount of clothing – cotton and linen allow skin to breathe and absorb sweat
  • Take frequent breaks in shady areas
  • Wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher
  • Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outdoors
  • If you take medicines regularly, ask your doctor for advice about hot-weather activity and your risk of getting a heat-related illness
  • Get trained in first aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies

 

Read more on the National Safety Council’s website

https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/summer/heat

 

Enjoy what is left of the summer while it flies by and be safe in the process!

 

About the Author

Beth Bangston, HR Manager

Wellness at PMG!

PMG Leadership recognizes we need to have happy and healthy employees in order to meet our company goals. Last year, PMG rolled out a Wellness Program which gives each employee a monthly allowance to go towards any wellness activity in the following categories: physical/mental, career, social, community or financial.

Some great examples of ways current employees utilize this program are as follows; gym memberships, counseling, nutritionist, chiropractor, networking groups, book clubs, sports teams, volunteer events, free Little Library construction, financial advisor, estate/will planning and so much more! This is a great benefit and we encourage every employee to take advantage and sign up!

In addition to a monthly allowance, PMG also gives each employee a Fitbit. This Fitbit is used for healthy competition around the office and to promote activity in-and outside the workplace.  For example, our most recent competition was based on who could get the most steps in Q2. This quarter alone our office walked 8,420,929 steps! We had 6 team members that walked over 500,000 steps.

Our two winners are Kathy, who walked 1,083,981 steps and Wally, who walked 1,018,969 steps! Congratulations to you both!

PMG has seen fantastic results from the implementation of the wellness program. Studies show that promoting work-life balance increases retention rates and productivity of employees. The wellness program has also increased employee engagement. For Q3 the office is competing together in a new step challenge. Since Minnesota is the home of 11,842 lakes, each team member has a daily step goal of 11,842 and 30 active minutes per day. Let the walking begin!