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Reduce risk. Minimize liabilities. Improve the safety of your fleet!

Reduce risk. Minimize liabilities. Improve the safety of your fleet! | occupational health and safety | Scoop.it
The cost of operating motor vehicle fleets is growing rapidly, whether a company manages automobile fleets or large tractor-trailer units. Data reveals that in many fleets accident frequency and se...

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PCS Consultants, Inc.'s curator insight, October 28, 2013 12:55 PM

The cost of operating motor vehicle fleets is growing rapidly, whether a company manages automobile fleets or large tractor-trailer units. Data reveals that in many fleets accident frequency and severity are increasing. As a result, companies are faced with high insurance premiums and other direct and indirect costs including the costs of physical damage, property damage, workers’ compensation, and medical expenses.

 

Today, the focus on safety is becoming more important every day. New regulatory requirements demand higher levels of accountability. Fleet owners are stepping up efforts to implement safety programs, train drivers and use new tools, technologies and programs to improve highway safety. One of the best ways to drive that focus is to create a culture of safety. That’s where PCS Consultants, Inc. can help!

 

PCS can assist in implementing an effective fleet safety program to lower your insurance costs and improve driver productivity. Our customized programs can help to eliminate or minimize employee injuries, damage to vehicles and materials, accident expenses and delayed deliveries. Through targeted safety audits, analyses, site surveys, and on-site inspections we deliver a fully customized drivers training program and policies which include:


-Driver selection, training and supervision assistance

-Accident assessment

-Fleet safety program progress

-Safety recognition programs

-And many more..


Our services begin with individual safety, health and security assessments to identify areas that might present unnecessary risk. Then we design and implement a safety program customized to your safety needs. Our primary goal? Helping you minimize your exposure to risk and operate your business more safely.  At PCS, we know safety is an inside job. And we’ve assembled the industry’s leading safety services organization with three levels of safety services to support you. 

 

Contact us for more information on our fleet safety services.

 

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Toll-Free: (866) 413-4103 

Email/ Online Support: info@pcs-consultants.com

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Michaels: Safety training is key to health of all workers - Houston Chronicle

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The Increasing Demand…and Hazard for Night Shift Workers

The Increasing Demand…and Hazard for Night Shift Workers | occupational health and safety | Scoop.it
With the advent of Internet Marketing, 24/7 stores, and many other businesses with continuous operations, nocturnal workers has become an increasing necessity for the industries. We can blame globa...

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PCS Consultants, Inc.'s curator insight, October 28, 2013 12:07 PM

With the advent of Internet Marketing, 24/7 stores, and many other businesses with continuous operations, nocturnal workers has become an increasing necessity for the industries. We can blame globalization on this. Because businesses from different time zones are now interconnected, operations from each time zone are also expected to stay awake even if they’re in the supposedly sleeping part of the world.

 

By working round the clock, biological clocks need to be adjusted with this. It was already stated in different studies that irregular night shifts disrupt the circadian rhythms or changes in the body and mind that tracks a 24-hour cycle. Studies related night shift work to weight gain and less exposure to education. There is also an increase in the possibility of having breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and colon cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. Still, there are common cases of sleep deprivation, fatigue, and heart problems among night shift workers.

 

In terms of workplace safety, night shift workers are definitely more exposed to hazard. Managers to oversee the operations are rarely found. Operations are maintained by skeletal staff and there are usually no medical person standing by. Also, according to a research, there is an increase of almost 28 percent of work-related injuries on the night shifts compared to morning shifts.

Despite the posted threats and dangers, we don’t see night shift operations ending anytime soon. In fact, it will increase even more because of globalization. So how do we prioritize the health and safety of our night shift workers? Consider some of these helpful pointers.

 

Allow power naps. Allow employees to take 20-30 minute power naps on their breaktime or if they really need to take a nap. It will recharge their brains and bodies and give them that boost to work for the rest of the night. It is a healthier replacement to caffeine overdose. It can also treat their sleep deprivation.

 

Set a fixed instead of a rotating night shift.  According to a study on Occupational Health & Safety, fixed shifts allow people to adjust their circadian rhythms better while working at night, as compared to rotating shifts.

 

Encourage healthy eating. Encourage employees to eat food that are easily digestable. Foods that are low in fat like fruits, vegetables, whole grain carbohydrates and lean meats are also highly recommended. You may also want to consider replacing (if there’s any) vending machines with chocolate bars and junk foods with fruits, cheese, and yogurt. Apples are also a healthier replacement to caffeine when they needed that caffeine boost. Caffeine may also affect their sleep patterns and their digestion so it’s better to minimize or avoid this.

 

Because of the ever changing business patterns, business owners have no choice but to adjust. A healthy adjustment for your night shift employees will definitely go a long way and a win-win situation for you and your employees.