What Does a Safe Worksite Look Like, and Why Should You Care?
Building a culture of safety in the world of painting and flooring…
Our goal is simple: we want every member of our team to return home at the end of the day in the same condition they were in when they left.
How do we do this, and how does it directly impact you? Let’s take a closer look.
What to Know About Safe Work Practices
How Do You Create a Safe Working Environment?
There are countless ways you can make your commercial facility safer for your employees and customers. At Kaloutas, we will understand the ins and outs of your commercial building to ensure every inch is safe and reliable no matter what your daily operations entail.
Here are some ways you can create a safe working environment:
Maintained epoxy floor coatings to enhance reflectivity and reduce allergens and falls.
Cleaning equipment and machinery.
Update, install, and maintain fireproofing.
Implement FOD containment when necessary.
Maintain caulking for moisture mitigation to reduce allergens.
A Foundation for Safe Work Practices Is Built from the Top Down
Building a foundation from the top down seems like a contradictory statement at first! What we mean is that a successful focus on safety starts with the leadership, and their commitment to putting procedures, programs, training, and strategies in place that the culture can then be built upon.
These practices can be broken down into a few categories:
- We work with CRM (Contractors Risk Management). This fantastic team acts as a safety consultant, and will visit work sites with our foremen before the project has even begun.
- With the help of CRM, we develop a list of potential hazards and any special circumstances that need to be prepared for.
- Our team is trained for every environment they will encounter. Just as an example, if a job includes working in confined spaces, we would be sure that the appropriately trained members of our team are given that task.
- Our employees are either OSHA 10 certified or are in the process, and our foremen carry OSHA 30 certification.
- Training and updating best practices are ongoing priorities.
- Respiratory Program — We perform medical evaluations and respirator fit tests to certify that our crew can safely wear respirators. This is an important piece equipment to use while spraying paint, grinding floors, or performing any other task where air quality can be impacted.
- Our insurance company performs independent reviews of our training and procedures.
- We also ensure that only the best, most up-to-date equipment and tools are used. This contributes to not only quality work, but also to safety and efficiency.
- We are phasing ladders out, just because of the potential risks. As an alternative, we have invested in a variety of lifts.
So, How Does Our Culture of Safety Help Us to Serve You Better?
This might all sound well and good, but why should you personally care?
Our culture is certainly in place to protect our team, but it’s also in place because we want to serve you better. We have been in the industry long enough to know that every jobsite is a little different, and we need to be able to quickly adapt to yours.
How do we adapt?
- Our work with CRM — As we mentioned before, CRM helps us to prepare for your specific environment. Whether you own an industrial manufacturing facility or a pharmaceutical lab, we will adapt our training and procedures to meet your needs.
- We also have a Safety Committee that works with CRM to assess any issues and communicate safety plans to our crew. You could say that they are the arms and hands of our safety culture!
How Can We Help with Your Painting or Flooring Needs?
Kaloutas is New England’s premier contractor for commercial & industrial painting, flooring, and related services. Established in 1987, Kaloutas has become a trusted resource for general contractors, facilities managers, and building owners from Connecticut to Maine. Our team prides itself on high quality workmanship, jobs done on time & budget, and tackling complex projects that other contractors don’t have the experience or resources to handle. Contact us today for a painting or flooring estimate, or give us a call at 978−532−1414 to learn more.