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Why do you think companies are hesitant to bring in outside help to improve processes?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert T Dombrowski Jan 17, 2010.

Entitlement, Lotto or Incentive?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Vicki Johnson Mar 3, 2009.

 

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"I am back! Took a couple of years of semi-retirement and am now with Tri-State BioRecovery Services, Inc. of New York."
Apr 22, 2015
Vicki Johnson posted a discussion

Anyone in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area out there?

Feel free to drop a message to me - always looking to meet more people! ~VickiSee More
Dec 28, 2010
Vicki Johnson posted a discussion

Why do you think companies are hesitant to bring in outside help to improve processes?

I believe companies are hesitant to bring in outside consultants or firms for a few reasons:1) Cash. They don't want to pay for a service they should be able to figure out for themselves.2) Ego. They feel they have people in place who should know what to do, already. The people in place don't want to be told they are not the best, or worse: WRONG.3) Fear of Change. They feel outside consultants will make their jobs harder.4) Fear of Loss. They fear that they will lose their jobs or the jobs of…See More
Oct 8, 2009
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How Does Your Company Approach Drug-testing for Employees?

Is drug-testing mandatory for employees of your company? If so, is it a pre-screening or DOT type test?Does your company perform random drug-testing? If so, how often do random drug tests take place per year?What about background checks?Does your company offer health & wellness boosters, such as Vitamin B12 shots? If they offered them, would you partake?Does your company have medical staff available to administer routine lab tests?If you're in the know about drug-testing protocol and…See More
Aug 14, 2009
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Back From My Short Social-Networking Hiatus...

With the recent hit the steel industry took, I found myself working like a dog to educate more companies on using a tax-free, contract-free, no-initial-investment safety incentive program. Most were shocked at how little most programs put into the value of the employee reward. Most incentive programs take your company's money and split it three ways: 40% taxes (sales tax, income tax, and payroll), 30% contract fees, and 30% to the employees that make your company safe. How is that a value?I…See More
Jul 27, 2009
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Give Gift Cards and Give Your Employees a Swift Kick In the Pants, Too

Recently, a company who uses our programs referred us to another company who was trying to curb recordables. "Your program sounds amazing - we'll kick off the program next month!" they said.Wow. Either our programs really are that easy...or maybe the company's management really doesn't care and just needs a program to fall within guidelines. I kept waiting for them to call and ask questions about our programs...surely they wouldn't buy a heavy piece of equipment without talking to the…See More
Apr 2, 2009
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"Covering up Osha Incidents to Gain Incentives"

I've been asked quite a bit, lately, about how our programs keep participants from covering up accidents and incidents out of fear of losing incentives. A lot of programs encourage this activity, but our programs don't. How? Because our programs reward participants on behavioral modifications that include pointing out incidents, the potential for accidents, and the avoidance of accidents.Our participants gain incentives by being safe and by encouraging others to be safe. Our participants'…See More
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Neighbor's porch overhead came down with a crash after I debated how to tell her without one of us getting crushed...heavy snow in the South
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Entitlement, Lotto or Incentive?

Entitlement: Some companies have management teams who chew through stacks of pencils, monthly, crossing their fingers hoping nothing goes wrong. Safety is such a big task and a "safety incentive program" seems so much like..."SPENDING MONEY" that wishing for the best seems like the thing to do. If a quarter goes by with little to no incident, they treat everyone to a company barbecue or hand out small bonuses, right? Employees come to expect that barbecue or those bonuses and if they don't get…See More
Mar 3, 2009

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Where do you live (city, state, country)?
New York / New Jersey Region
What industry do you work in?
Biomedical Waste Recovery and Disinfection Services
What is your job title?
Business Development Rep
What company do you work for or associate with?
www.TriStateBioRecovery.com
Do you currently use or recommend Personal Protective Equipment?
Yes
How did you find our online community?
Referral
What best describes the role you play in the purchase of safety products?
Specify what hand protection to purchase, Use hand protection on my job, Other
If Other above, please explain.
Our teams use full-body PPE for trauma site clean-up and disinfection.

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I am also on LinkedIn under vicjohnson777@yahoo.com. (Victoria Johnson)

They don't call me the "Networking Queen" for nothin'!

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How Does Your Company Approach Drug-testing for Employees?

Is drug-testing mandatory for employees of your company? If so, is it a pre-screening or DOT type test?



Does your company perform random drug-testing? If so, how often do random drug tests take place per year?



What about background checks?



Does your company offer health & wellness boosters, such as Vitamin B12 shots? If they offered them, would you partake?



Does your company have medical staff available to administer routine lab… Continue

Posted on August 14, 2009 at 10:24pm — 2 Comments

Back From My Short Social-Networking Hiatus...

With the recent hit the steel industry took, I found myself working like a dog to educate more companies on using a tax-free, contract-free, no-initial-investment safety incentive program. Most were shocked at how little most programs put into the value of the employee reward. Most incentive programs take your company's money and split it three ways: 40% taxes (sales tax, income tax, and payroll), 30% contract fees, and 30% to the employees that make your company safe. How is that a… Continue

Posted on July 27, 2009 at 12:12pm

Give Gift Cards and Give Your Employees a Swift Kick In the Pants, Too

Recently, a company who uses our programs referred us to another company who was trying to curb recordables. "Your program sounds amazing - we'll kick off the program next month!" they said.



Wow. Either our programs really are that easy...or maybe the company's management really doesn't care and just needs a program to fall within guidelines. I kept waiting for them to call and ask questions about our programs...surely they wouldn't buy a heavy piece of equipment without talking to… Continue

Posted on April 2, 2009 at 6:08pm — 1 Comment

"Covering up Osha Incidents to Gain Incentives"

I've been asked quite a bit, lately, about how our programs keep participants from covering up accidents and incidents out of fear of losing incentives. A lot of programs encourage this activity, but our programs don't. How? Because our programs reward participants on behavioral modifications that include pointing out incidents, the potential for accidents, and the avoidance of accidents.



Our participants gain incentives by being safe and by encouraging others to be safe. Our… Continue

Posted on March 15, 2009 at 7:13pm — 7 Comments

Heavy Snow and I Couldn't Warn My Neighbor Her House Was Falling Apart...

I recently moved to sunny South Carolina from frigid Minneapolis. It snowed today. REALLY snowed today - that heavy, mushy type of snow that comes down in clumps and looks really pretty until you try to get anywhere in it.



I was removing the snow from the car and preparing to run out for jalapeno chips and milk (not for consumption together) when I heard this loud creaking noise - the kind you hear when a heavy gate swings open in a horror movie and you want to yell "RUN!" at the… Continue

Posted on March 2, 2009 at 9:08am — 6 Comments

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At 12:02pm on October 9, 2009, Theodore Wilkinson said…
Vicki,
I read your recent comment, this typical of most of the companies we come in contact with, getting the upper management to buy into this is difficult at best.
We always hear how they need to change but getting the commitment somehow falls short, money being the biggest issue.

In a recent discussion with a client they decided to use a proactive approach to correct an issue they had while unloading semi-trailers, they had a worker fall back in March and the injuries left him disabled. Instead of utilizing a system for fall protectiion the company decided to invest in hard hats, now these wwere not your everyday hard hat, they had foam linnings and a chin strap, this had a price tag of around 300,000.00 for the entire work site.

With-in 3 weeks the new hard hat idea was scrapped, one of their safety personnel was injured when his hard hat became hooked on scaffold equipment and almost hung him. So much for the proactive approach, I never fully understood how a hard hat replaced fall protection, but their insurance company bought into this one.

We spent the entire month of June designing a system for their specific need. Our solution would have cost the company 30,000.00, they chose the hard hat.

Now the company is not sure what to do, the worker that was injured in march passed away last week from the injuries he received when he fell. The company is still without a solution.
At 7:03pm on August 6, 2009, Theodore Wilkinson said…
Welcome, thanks for joining, would like to discuss any safety issue or conscern you may want to talk about, we MFG portable fall protection as well as give safety training to various companies.
At 1:07pm on April 6, 2009, JB Safety Eyewear Guru said…
Hey Vicki - I'll get a catalogue out to you but truthfully you can view the whole thing online at www.ussafety.com In terms of price, I'd say we're pretty economical. We have some fancy stuff but, for the most part, I think we think practical over flashy
At 10:02pm on April 2, 2009, Brian W. Fulmer said…
Sweet! Ever hear of EGroup? Possibly one of your competitors - I did some work for them..
At 8:37pm on April 2, 2009, Brian W. Fulmer said…
Hi Vicki. Thanks for the greetings. What is it exactly that you do? I visited your company's website to take a look, and I gather your company deals in corporate promotional programs?? How far does your home region cover? If you're ever expanding in the D.C./D.C. Metro area and looking for a new/another rep to cover that area - let me know! I used to work for a company that might be able to help you out..
At 8:35am on April 1, 2009, Wayne Sprague said…
Yes, it was nice chatting with you. We'll do it again soon. Just case your wondering I do have two #'s 775-304-2834 this is the one you have.
At 9:02am on March 30, 2009, Wayne Sprague said…
Hey Vicki just got your comment I don't get on the site much and I would love to chat with you 775-304-2441
At 6:41am on March 19, 2009, Jeff Sutyla said…
Hi Vicki! Tecta is the nation's largest commercial roofing contractor, with divisions across the country. I am fortunate to be a safety manager in one of their Florida divisions. Florida is nice this time of year, with the exception of the rain lately (though we have desperately needed it).
At 10:30am on March 18, 2009, Lara Kretler said…
Welcome Vicki, Thanks for joining the community! Please let me know if you have any questions.
At 12:26pm on March 9, 2009, Kathy Felsten said…
All types of PPE from hard hats to gas monitors along with DOT signs and traffic control products. I conver the west coast of Florida, but we have other reps covering the southeast
 
 
 

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