Considerations for Disinfecting Your Business!

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Disinfecting your business article and permission to publish here provided by Susan Melony.

Cleaning has always been an important consideration when running a business. It is even more important now. COVID-19 has shown us just how quickly germs can spread. Not only will disinfecting your business help prevent this virus from spreading, it can also keep you and your employees safe from other viruses, like the flu, too.

However, disinfecting means more than taking a Clorox wipe to your keyboard every once in a while when you think of it. There are many things to consider if you want to create a healthy environment for everyone who works in the office.

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Seasoned Leadership in Action™! An Interview with Sandra Ketchen!

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Sandra Ketchen
Sandra Ketchen

At Supply Chain Game Changer we believe in sharing experiences and expertise from people in every industry and from across the globe.  As such we have introduced our “Seasoned Leadership in Action™” Interview series.  This interview is with Sandra Ketchen.

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5 Ways Poor Office Ventilation Impacts Your Operations!

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Office ventilation article and permission to publish here provided by Claire Glassman.

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, most business organizations have made the issue of indoor air quality (IAQ) a priority to minimize the spread of the deadly virus.

The global health crisis has shed light on the fact that indoor air quality and proper ventilation are paramount in maintaining good health and productivity for any building’s occupants.

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6 Tips to Improve Workplace Safety!

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Workplace safety article and permission to publish here provided by Catherine Park.

Regardless of the industry you are in, it’s important that you think about keeping your employees safe. According to the National Safety Council, workplace injuries cost employers $171 billion in lost productivity, medical expenses, and legal fees

Going beyond the financial cost of workplace injuries, your business can also suffer reputational damages. Having the legal and moral responsibility to safeguard your employees from potentially debilitating injuries and medical conditions.

Creating a safer workplace is crucial to this end,  so consider these tips and reduce onsite hazards.  

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The Mask Supply Chain!

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I went into an ice cream store the other day to get a treat for my Granddaughter. As per the norm these days I put on a mask and noticed the signage on the door requiring everyone to wear a mask inside.

The person who entered the store behind me did not have a mask and was soon told by store personnel that she would not be served without a mask. Needless to say a “Karen” incident ensued followed by that person storming out of the store. Why do some people have an issue with wearing a mask?

It got me thinking about where the masks were manufactured and was there a problem with that Supply Chain. I get emails several times a week with people trying to sell me masks.

What exactly is the Mask Supply Chain?

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Optimizing Waste Management in the Warehouse!

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Waste Management article and permission to publish here provided by Carol Trehearn.

For the warehousing and light industrial sector, managing waste and effluents efficiently is fast becoming a skill in itself.

For a cost perspective, the storage and disposal of waste by-products can be a major component of operating overheads. With the move towards increased environmental awareness and greener business practices, increasing restrictions and operating requirements will very likely become the order of the day in the near future.

A good waste management plan can minimize monthly overheads, as well as ‘safety-proof’ the operation with respect to local environmental restrictions.

Invest in the right plant and equipment

A sound waste management plan will likely begin with a well-considered investment in waste management equipment. For an operating concern, factors such as the type of waste produced – cardboard, plastics, metals – can be readily determined. 

The amount of waste produced can also be fairly readily assessed. Consider also the potential for future increases in manufacturing output, as an additional factor in planning for equipment procurement.

Choose a professional equipment supplier, such as recyclingbalers.com when consulting for operating plant and equipment. Providing the abovementioned specifics will permit a knowledgeable supplier to then provide the most appropriate equipment options.

Have a plan for in-house waste sorting and storage

Whether the end operation requires waste compaction, baling or storage, a good waste management plan involves a well-defined starting point for the initial sorting and storage of waste products. Both money and man-power can be saved by implementing a good ‘sort and store’ program.  Furthermore, precious warehouse space can be saved as a result, as well as a potential reduction in ongoing clearing and transportation costs.

Many warehousing operations have benefited from the simple act of installing sets of segregated waste bins or receptacles – encouraging workers to sort waste by-products immediately.

Provide sufficient employee training

Perhaps one of the most under-utilized assets in a warehousing waste management plan is the worker training element. Typically, induction courses and staff training courses focus on the handling and operation of key equipment in the manufacturing or warehousing process.

Occupational health and safety has similarly found a focus. The consideration of company waste management procedures is very often left to last, or in some cases, it is omitted completely. 

Spend a little time reviewing existing induction and refresher training, and update this as necessary to include waste management procedures. Making a statement about the company’s position on green business processes, and care for the environment can further set the tone for warehousing personnel.

The three ‘R’s – Reduce, reuse and recycle

A good management plan can be built around the following three pillars:

  • Reduce – Consider methods in which raw materials used in the production or warehousing process can be minimized. Perhaps purchases of materials can be made in smaller order lots, or alternatively as a bulk purchase.
  • Reuse  Investigate any opportunities to reuse raw materials – for example, can cardboard boxes and plastic containers be reused rather than simply disposed of?
  • Recycle – This can be done in many ways. For example, can customers be encouraged to return packaging or storage products to save on procurement costs?

Summary

Spending a little time to build a waste management plan from scratch can typically return improvements in terms of a reduction to overheads, as well as taking a step toward greener operating procedures.

Originally written for Supply Chain Game Changer and published on December 20, 2021.

6 Ways Healthcare Professionals Can Prevent Occupational Hazards!

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Healthcare professionals article and permission to publish here provided by Mikejohn Arizon.

Today, the world is evolving rapidly, and so is the healthcare system. Previously, physicians and other healthcare workers faced difficulty carrying out routine work given a lack of resources and tools.

However, now we’re witnessing significant advancements in the healthcare field. Healthcare workers are reaping benefits from technologies like Telehealth, AR/VR, sensors and wearables, and what not.

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How Technology Can Help Tackle Food Waste!

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Tackle food waste article and permission to publish here provided by Boris Dzhingarov.

Food waste is a major issue in this country, but it is one that is thankfully gaining more attention. It is estimated that $161 billion worth of food is wasted every year in America, and about 30% to 40% of our food supply goes to waste.

These are harrowing numbers, especially when considering the number of people in this country that deal with food insecurity and the toll food waste takes on the environment. A lot of this waste is caused by inefficiencies in the supply chain.

Let’s take a look at a few ways technology could help tackle this growing problem.

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Ensuring Delivery Safety During the Coronavirus Pandemic!

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Delivery safety article and permission to publish here provided by Raanan Cohen at bringg.com.

As the general public transitions away from crowded public spaces, delivery has gone from being a convenience to a necessity. Over the last few weeks, we have worked with business leaders around the world, discussing how to best meet this growing demand, while ensuring driver and customer safety.

Below are the five key elements of maintaining delivery safety and continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Delivery Vehicle Accidents Things to Know!

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Delivery vehicle accidents article and permission to publish here provided by Claire Glassman.

The rise in the demand for goods being shopped online has also brought about a new phenomenon of more and more delivery vehicle trucks and drivers on the road. And, it’s no longer just about the delivery of the goods now. To meet the demand for faster delivery of orders, many drivers can be under so much pressure to speed up. There are quotas to be met and deadlines to catch.

Despite all of the road and safety measures in place, it’s also not a surprising thing to note that delivery vehicle accidents happen quite more frequently now. When it does happen, the situation becomes tricky. The delivery is stalled, and there’s a question of liability now, whether it’s solely the driver or the company has some responsibility for what happened. 

In this article, you’ll have all the information you’ll need to know about delivery vehicle accidents. 

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The Vaccine Distribution Supply Chain!

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As the Covid-19 Coronavirus has wreaked havoc with everyone’s lives all over the world there is great hope for a vaccine to allow us to get back to normal. While all of the social distancing measures are fine to help mitigate the spread of the virus only a vaccine holds the promise of really preventing it’s further spread.

Over 7.8 billion people, the entire global population, will need the Covid-19 vaccine, whether people choose to take it or even have access to it.

With such an indiscriminate virus at work how do you efficiently and quickly get a vaccine to everyone in every country around the world? It is an incredible task that won’t happen without careful and well thought out planning and execution of the Supply Chain.

What is the Vaccine Distribution Supply Chain?

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5 Tools to Increase Student Engagement!

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Student engagement article and permission to publish here provided by Andrew Mazur.

Without a doubt, it has already been relatively difficult to help students work out a sense of belonging in the typical school or college environment. Turning to remote learning because of the pandemic restrictions and the other challenges has made it even more challenging to keep the educational content inspiring.

Some teachers have turned to gamification by implementing Zoom surveys or familiar activities that have been used in the classrooms before, while others became confused and could not find a method that would work in a digital medium.

Nevertheless, there are still useful tools that can help enhance online learning and let students participate and stand behind what and how they learn.

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5 Methods to Prevent Occupational Hazards in Warehousing!

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Occupational hazards article and permission to publish here provided by Claire Glassman.

If your business involves running and maintaining a warehouse, you should be highly concerned with the different occupational hazards that come with such tasks. Warehouse safety is something that entrepreneurs must prioritize at all costs.

Since it’s not the usual workplace setting that comprises office desks, cubicles, and ergonomic chairs, it’s only a wise decision to pay more attention and do careful planning to keep the space safe for all your workers.

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Commercial Trucker Training! Sufficient or Not?

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Commercial trucker training article and permission to publish here provided by Susan Melony.

If you spend a lot of time on the road, especially on the highway, you’ve probably noticed the enormous commercial trucks that are constantly rumbling by. These trucks are everywhere, transporting every conceivable kind of wares within a state, or even from coast to coast. If you buy some fruit in a grocery store, it likely spent some time inside one of these trucks before it ended up in your refrigerator.

There’s no denying that these huge trucks are necessary, but they’re also potentially dangerous. Their size alone makes some drivers nervous as they pull up alongside one on the way to or from work. After all, if this vehicle’s driver decides to flinch suddenly, that truck could run you into a divider and severely injure you or a passenger.

This brings commercial trucker training to mind. Is it sufficient to allow the millions of drivers on the road to operate vehicles this massive?

That’s the question we’ll attempt to answer in this article.

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5 Critical Work Injury Attorney Characteristics!

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Work injury attorney article and permission to publish here provided by Susan Melony.

There are all types of lawyers. They specialize in all different things, from corporate to environmental law.

There are also different reasons why an individual might get into the legal profession. Some want to do it so they can defend society’s downtrodden classes. Some want to get rich, and certain lawyers do make a great deal of money.

If you suffer a serious work injury, that’s a time when you may need a lawyer on your side. However, you don’t want to come up with a list of attorneys near you and pick a name at random. You should research them thoroughly to determine whether they’ll be the right fit for you.

Here are five vital work injury attorney characteristics you should never overlook.

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