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Avoiding Compliance Issues in Your Practice

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

All companies would agree that flu and cold season, along with holiday schedules, always present a challenge in companies to balance work load. Especially if the time of year coincides with a peak time of production or services. Asking existing employees to work longer hours, therefore exposing them to the elements for an extended period of time.

Loss Prevention Tips

Planning & Communication is Key

  • Timing is Key:  During anytime of the year, it is essential that customers are prioritizing their boxes.  This will help reduce employees’ exposure to the elements.
  • Scheduling: Plan the move during the warmest part of the day to protect employees and reduce the probability of dangerous road conditions.
  • Educate: Employees on the signs and symptoms of cold-induced illness, how to handle a situation and train them to use the buddy system.
  • Breaks: Schedule and require regular breaks for employees to avoid muscle exhaustion or fatigue.   Remember it takes more energy to keep muscles warm.

Employee Safety

  • Prepare Work Area: Besides clearing the path of debris, remember to thoroughly shovel, apply rock salt the route being used.
  • Protective Clothing: Employees should wear multiple layers that can be added and removed as needed going from inside to outside.  Clothing that draws moisture away from the body, such as wool should be encouraged.
  • Find a Warm Spot: Scout out a warm spot to take regular breaks or retreat to if cold-induced illness symptoms start to appear.
  • Keep Properly Hydrated:  Before beginning the job avoid drinks that include:
    • Alcohol
    • Caffeine (coffee, tea, sodas and hot chocolate)

These drinks result in increased heart rate and blood vessels to constrict. Drink warm, sweet beverages (sugar water, sports-type drinks).

  • Refuel with Food:  Eat warm, high-calorie foods such as hot pasta dishes.

Customers do appreciate honesty and are far more understanding when it is communicated that a deadline might not be met do to circumstances out of the employers control, instead of stressing out what is left of the healthy staff. Planning ahead with realistic deadlines is always beneficial to both the delivering company and the recipients.

Material posted on this website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal opinion or medical advice. Contact your legal representative or medical professional for information specific to your legal or medical needs.

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