Spruce Up for Spring!

Spring will be springing in a matter of a few weeks! Commercial facilities take a beating during the harsh winter months and an exterior deep cleaning procedure is a great solution for not only improving the appearance of the facility, but also for improving the health and safety of occupants and visitors.

Remove Contaminants with Ease

Built-up grime and dirt give a worn-down appearance to your commercial building. Exterior deep cleaning removes unwanted mess from the facade, masonry, concrete, and parking lots with environmentally friendly chemicals that will not harm landscaping. Removing dirt, broken-down paint, and mildew is easier and faster with this process.

Prevent Costly Repairs

Over time, the grime that builds up on the roof and sides of your building fence in moisture on the walls, causing growth of mildew and mold. Thus, scheduling regular exterior deep cleaning prevents rot and disintegration of your property in addition to eliminating biodegradable contaminants that can cause severe structure damage. It’s the best way to protect your building.

Promote a Healthy Environment

Your building’s exterior surfaces accumulate mildew, mold, and other bacteria that can be harmful to those working within it. If you are experiencing more sick days lately, it’s time to get your property deep cleaned by professionals. With their expert cleaning, pollutants clinging to the exteriors will be washed away. These elements cause health problems like respiratory issues and allergies. Regular deep cleaning services will help in preventing them.

Increase Your Building’s Value

If your facility is for sale, an exterior deep cleaning will make it sparkle with clean surfaces. Needless to say, a well-cleaned building attracts more eyes than a filthy façade. Whether your building is in a high-end neighborhood or a low-income area, good washing will definitely make it stand out and create the right impression.

Protect Against Injury

Professional cleaning of your building’s exterior can also prevent slips and falls which are among the most common workplace accidents. Deep cleaning your sidewalks, walkways, and parking areas can get rid of grease, mold, and other substances that are potentially dangerous to your employees as people may slip on it.

Clean exteriors increases the visibility of your facility, decreases erosion from Mother Nature, enhances curb appeal and improves health and safety. You only get one chance to make a first impression, and an aesthetically pleasing building does just that. For more information, contact KC Restoration today!

First Aid Kits: What You Need to Know

When injuries occur on the job, the first aid kit becomes the most important toolbox at any facility. Even if designated personnel have completed first aid training, emergency medical supplies may not be readily available. In the event of an emergency medical situation caused by a serious injury accident, proper and prompt treatment can greatly reduce the severity of the injury and possibly prevent the death of a co-worker.

The suggested contents of a well-prepared first aid kit include:

  • Handbook with illustrations for an important and quick reference guide
  • PPE: 3-Pair latex gloves, surgical masks, dust masks, or other needed face protections such as clear eye protection or face shield
  • 6 large and sterile gauze pads (sizes: 2X2’s, 3X3’s, and 4X4’s) and 3 compress dressings
  • 3 rolled gauze bandages that are 2″ and 3″ wide and a large box of assorted bandages
  • 2 elastic wrap bandages (ace wrap).
  • Alcohol, peroxide, alcohol swabs, antiseptic spray and ointment, burn gel or cream, pain relief tabs, cotton balls and Q-tips
  • 2 surgical or athletic tape rolls that are l” and 2″ wide
  • Good quality eye-wash solution, with eye cup and liquid antiseptic hand soap
  • Blunt-nose surgical scissors, tweezers, safety pins, and a snake-bite kit

Keep in a Specified Location at All Times

The first aid kit is useless if you can’t find it. Know the location of your first aid kit, and be familiar with its contents and how to use them.

Basic first aid rules:

  • Do not move an injured person unless necessary to prevent further injury.
  • Keep the accident victim warm and dry.
  • Keep the injured person quiet and lying flat on his/her back.
  • Check the victim’s airway, breathing, and circulation. Keep the victim’s head level with his/her body.
  • Do not give liquids to a person that is not fully conscious.
  • Remember to follow your emergency response plan.
  • Send someone to call the paramedics or ambulance (before calling, have key details such as: type of injury, exact location of where the injury victim is, and if available, a contact number).
  • Instruct the caller where to send the ambulance. Be clear, calm, and concise as to the location, and the best route to take.
  • Send someone to meet and direct the ambulance so valuable time is not wasted.
  • Stop heavy bleeding by applying pressure with a large compress bandage and keep the injured arm or leg elevated.
  • Follow procedures for blood-borne pathogen safety.
  • If the victim is not breathing, begin CPR if properly trained.
  • Never exceed your level of first aid training!

Also remember to always notify management whenever the first aid kit is accessed, or whenever first aid is administered so adjustments to the facility’s first aid kit can be made. For more information, contact KC Restoration today!

 

Thinking About Safety

Freedom from danger is an impressive goal for a company to employ, but to bring that goal to reality requires considerable effort: planning, training, commitment, management skills, and above all THINKING about safety. Thinking through and applying safety and health programs have proven to be an effective method of identifying and correcting existing workplace safety and health hazards.

Questions to Thinking About Regarding Safety:

  • Are you using the appropriate personal protective equipment for the job?
  • Can you identify the potential hazards in the workplace that you and/or your co-workers are exposed to daily?
  • What is your plan to avoid injury on the job and the first aid procedures to be used in the event of an injury?
  • Are you educated, trained, and experienced to perform your job safely?
  • Are personnel experienced and educated to handle or use chemicals or other harmful substances in a safe manner?
  • Do you have a plan in place in case of an emergency to make sure all personnel are familiar with proper emergency procedures?
  • Are you familiar with regulations applicable to your work environment and how to maintain compliance with these regulations?

Think About the Equipment and Machinery Operated at Your Company:

  • Only employees qualified by training may operate equipment and machinery.
  • The use of any machine, tool, material, or equipment that is not in compliance or is in need of repair is prohibited.
  • Machines, tools, material, or equipment must either be identified as unsafe by locking and tagging the controls so that they are inoperable, or physically removed from the job-site.
  • Only authorized, competent personal are permitted to perform repairs.

Think About Hazard Evaluations:

Compliant safety programs must provide frequent and regular inspections of the materials, operating procedures, personal protective equipment, job-site conditions, emergency procedures, safe work practices, hazard communication program (including MSDS sheets), and equipment.

To reduce the occurrence of job-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses, take a proactive approach to safety; think about the safe way to perform a task or project. Develop a compliant safety and health program, planned safety inspections, and proper training. The lack of adequate safety and health programs, hazard evaluations, and training are violations of the OSHA standards and show lack of attention to safety.

These guidelines do not supersede local, state, or federal regulations and must not be construed as a substitute for, or legal interpretation of, any OSHA regulations.

For more information, contact KC Restoration today!