As far as jobsite safety goes, we have a list of protocols or
rules we follow. As a result of following our safety protocols, we don’t have
many injuries to speak of. For instance, here are a few of our policies:
Our No. 1 rule is do not mix chemicals. Everybody who comes to
work for us learns that rule first and foremost. It gets repeated and
Another one is, whistling when you come to a gate. This might
seem kind of silly, but if you walk up to a homeowner’s property and you jiggle
the gate and whistle, the dogs will let you know they’re there. As a result, we
haven’t had a dog bite in years.
Another silly policy is when you’re on the deck, lay the pool
pole flat on the pool deck. Don’t lean it against a fence or chairs, anything
like that. If it’s leaned against something, the likelihood of tripping over it
goes up exponentially. I’ve never had anyone slip on a pool pole that was lying
flat on the deck.
There are many others to go with these. I find if you have good
procedures in place and learn from mistakes, jobsite safety becomes very easy.
Brian Diglio CPO, AST, CSP, president Blue Wave Pool Service and Supplies, Inc. Hamden, Connecticut
residential/commercial, service, repair, renovation, retail employees: 5 year-round; 12 in season accounts: 300
One of the first things we do with anyone we hire for service is
have them do a hazardous communication training. I learned the hard way not to
tell a new helper to get chlorine and algaecide from the truck, because they
might mix them together. Or having someone run into the office to tell me the
dumpster is on fire because they swept up some calcium hypochlorite and threw
it away. Proper chemical handling, storage and transporting is a major function
of our job.
Hazardous communication is also OSHA’s No. 2 fine. We use the
online course that is offered through the NSPF (now PHTA). The cost is low, and
we can show a record of completion that we put in the employee’s file. Another
good resource to look to may be your insurance company. Most of the bigger
companies will have risk management recourses. Sometimes they may even have
someone come out to take a look at your operation and make suggestions.
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