How to Prepare For a Safety Inspection

If your company has just had a major accident or has been referred by a third-party to safety inspectors, it may be necessary to prepare for a safety inspection. However, most of your preparation should take place long before the inspection actually takes place. What can you do to be ready for such an event?

Make Sure Your Safety or Emergency Response Plan Is Written Down

The first thing that a safety inspector is going to want to see is a written safety plan or emergency response plan. This shows that your organization has gone through the process of identifying hazards and ways to mitigate them. Safety inspection software may help you organize all the relevant documents related to such a plan as well as any incident reports that you may have compiled and sent to the proper authorities.

Explain Why the Accident Happened and What Has Changed Since

Inspectors know that accidents happen and that no plan is foolproof when it comes to ensuring the safety of all workers. The important thing is that you understand why an accident happened and have made changes to reduce the odds that a similar situation happens again. For instance, if a worker was hurt cleaning a machine, you may be able to point to the fact that you bought safety mechanisms for that machine or are providing additional training for employees.

Make Sure That You Are Compliant With All Regulations

Before an inspection, make sure that you are in compliant with all applicable safety and employment regulations. This may mean having signs posted informing employees of their rights or making sure that hazardous materials are labeled properly. If you are not compliant or make no effort to come into compliance, it could result in large fines or even the closure of your company until issues are resolved.

Be Upfront and Honest With Inspectors

It is critical that all questions are answered honestly and completely either by yourself or by a representative of the company. Employees should be made available for interviews if necessary. Furthermore, inspectors may want to take a walk around your facility to determine if there are any violations or to be sure that fixes were made as ordered in the past. While you may not want inspectors to find anything, they will go much easier on you if you are honest about potential safety hazards or violations as opposed to trying to cover them up.

A safety inspection can be a great opportunity to learn about what your company is doing right and what it needs to improve upon. As long as you are honest, working in good faith to be in compliance and have thorough records handy, the inspection should go smoothly.

The Sales Industry’s New Attitude

Today’s sales job often comes with good money and great benefits, but nobody’s interested. Actually, that’s not entirely true. It’s the younger generation of workers, gun-shy from the recent financial crisis and fearful of being judged competitively, who are avoiding what has historically been viewed as a shark-eat-shark world. As an aside, watch the movie Glengarry Glen Ross for a dramatically charged take on the life of a salesman. On second thought, don’t watch it. You’ll be eternally fearful of sales. What has changed in the sales world and why are companies having such trouble filling high-paying jobs?

Reputation
Part of the trouble with turning the younger working generation onto the profit potential in sales is the problem the industry has always had, namely the public perception that sales practitioners are an obnoxious, amoral, cutthroat lot. Since most of us don’t want to be described like that or consort with those that are, sales is automatically eliminated by a big chunk of recent graduates. Can the reputation be changed? Maybe. If so, it will take a long time and require a concerted effort on the part of sales recruiters.

The Problem
So why is it so hard to fill jobs that averaged almost $75,000 in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics? Technical and scientific products offer the highest paying and most difficult sales jobs to fill. A study by Harvard concluded hiring managers spend 41 days trying to fill tech sales jobs compared to 33 days for all jobs. A company then devotes 12-18 months to bring a new sales hire up to speed, a stark reality that isn’t good news to companies or employees.

No More Wheeler-Dealers?
Some companies have realized that the hard-charging, promise-anything-to-close-the-deal sales rep is no longer considered to be the most effective representative. Realizing that they must change to appeal to new graduates, forward-thinking companies have put more emphasis on problem solvers. In the business-to-business environment, a pushy attitude and fast talking gets you nowhere.

A real sticking point for the risk-averse has always been the commission structure inherent in the sales industry. Guaranteed base pay is usually only a fraction of what a good rep can earn in salary. Still, flying without a safety net scares potential new hires. Some companies have begun offering a 50/50 split to entry level sales jobs, then reducing the guaranteed part as the employee gains experience.

The bottom line is a recent graduate shouldn’t be surprised to see a new effort to make themselves visible on campus from companies who need sales reps and even the occasional headhunter looking for a client that will be easy to place. It just might be time to reconsider the “lowly” sales career.

Tips to Consider Regarding Payment Processing

Whenever an individual pays for a purchase, that is a form of payment processing. In reality, the minute a purchase is paid for either in cash, through direct bank withdrawals or via credit cards, this begins the actual trail of payment processing. Most of the time, this trail is unseen to all but banks and/or vendors and suppliers from whom items or services are purchased.

Processing a Payment Expediently
Depending on the particular bank regulations, payments are recorded at the point of sale. This is true even for cash payments. In accounting, cash is totaled and sorted according to purchase type. This data becomes part of general business accounting. Hard cash is deposited in either a regular business bank account or a money market account where it can accrue interest. Money market accounts are popular because interest accrual adds to the value of customer purchases. In other instances, debit or credit card payments are processed by direct withdrawal from the purchaser’s account. This withdrawal is transferred to the seller’s account.

The span of time it takes for payment processing depends on the specific bank’s policies. In most cases, there is an allowable amount of time of up to five business days for payment deposits to be processed by the receiving bank. This allows banks to hold payments on deposit long enough to accrue interest. Payment processing time is a crucial factor that individuals and business owners should take into consideration. For the individual, the amount of time it takes to pay for purchases depends on the method the individual chooses. Today’s debit cards, for example, process payments in less than a few hours. Whereas credit card payments can take several days until they are recorded and received by the seller. Interestingly, credit card payments, although approved at point of sale, do not actually pay the seller until all of the credit information is verified and approved by the intermediary bank.

The Importance of the Type of Payment Processing You Choose
Individuals and business owners should consider the importance of the type of processing they choose. Some individuals use a credit card without evaluating the interest charged versus the cost of the item or service purchased. One example is to use a credit card to pay for small household items that cost under $10. Once the interest charged, usually around 18% by most credit card companies, the $10 cost is likely to be doubled by the interest charged. Understanding interest rates with regard to processing payments is crucial to avoid errors and unnecessary additional costs. Choose timely, financially advantageous methods of processing payments by studying payment terms and how interest rates affect your use of your personal or business credit.

Green Office Cleaners

Historically, business owners have had to ask themselves several questions when selecting an office cleaning service. What rates do they charge? How often do they come to the office? Business owners have recently started asking themselves another question about commercial cleaning services, however. Do they use green cleaning products?

Green Cleaning

As more research comes out about traditional cleaning products, more and more businesses are making the switch to green cleaning. Not only do traditional cleaning products cost more, but they have been found to lower air quality and contribute to long-term health issues.

Some studies have even suggested that harsh chemical cleaners can have a negative impact on workplace productivity. After all, it can be difficult to focus on filing information when the workplace has the distinctive smell of bleach.

These are considerable reasons to use green cleaners even without speaking of the environmental benefits, which are many. Green cleaners not only produce unnecessary waste, but the chemicals left in the containers seep into the ground when they are placed in a landfill. From there, they have been known to work their way into the local water supply and cause a host of health issues.

Finding Green Commercial Cleaning Services

Because this change is still happening, many office cleaning services do not advertise themselves as “green” cleaners. That is why, when searching for an office cleaning service, many business owners will directly email or call the business and ask if they offer green cleaning. A surprising amount of services will admit that, yes, they use green cleaning products and simply did not advertise it.

Even if a cleaning service does not exclusively use green cleaners, many are willing to accommodate businesses that prefer a more natural cleaner. These alternatives are often priced at the same or cheaper rates than traditional cleaners and offer identical results in terms of cleanliness.

Green office cleaning services are particularly important to brands that are centered around being eco-friendly. Having a recycling bin is only a first step, and customers appreciate brands that follow through on their ideals. If a business has marketed itself as an eco-friendly venture, like so many have, then it is all but essential to make use of a green office cleaning service.

Cleaner Offices and Cleaner Air

With all of the benefits of green cleaners, it is no surprise that businesses are more and more often searching for eco-friendly commercial cleaning services. Whether for reasons of air quality, workplace productivity or environmental responsibility, business owners across Canada are making the switch to green, environmentally friendly cleaning services. Visit Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems if you want to find more resources and information.

Why Security Guard Incident Reports Are Important

Regardless of the reason you contract security guards; you could be making a grievous mistake if you do not invest time, money and your active thought process in keeping track of both the guards’ activities and activities that affect their day-to-day proceedings. It is exceedingly important that every private homeowner, public facility management, private or public company management or any entity with a limited or unlimited liability persona be up-to-date with security guard management protocol and criteria.

Incident reporting
All security personnel is obligated by their profession to have full knowledge of incident reporting. Incident reporting is a part of the curriculum that all security personnel cover. Any contractual agreement between a security firm and a client has to define the process of reporting incidents. It is paramount that whatever incident reporting criteria is agreed upon by both parties, it has to have qualities including but not limited to objectivity, reliability and has to be measurable and provable.

All incident reports have to answer the questions:
• Who
• Where
• What
• When and only if applicable,
• Why

Importance of security incident reporting
Security incidents can lead to civil or criminal or civil and criminal disputes. They have in them, the indefinite potential to wreck an institution, person or both. All security incidences, if not managed properly, could spell legal calamity for afflicted and unafflicted parties. Thus, whether you are a security guard, security providing company or party contracting personnel to ensure the safety of your premises, having a clearly defined incident management system is key. It will help you mitigate,

1. Risk of criminal and civil negligence suits for incidences that occur on your premises
2. Risk of losing a case if you sue a security company for failing to manage incidents well
3. Risk of losing a case where a security company sues you
4. Risk of a security company losing a case where their employer sues them
5. Risk of having criminal cases filed against a security company.

An accurately reported security incident will
1. Help the police carry out investigations
2. Identify all possible witnesses
3. Identify time and place of an occurrence
4. Provide proof and evidence in a court hearing
5. Profile events and provide risk assessment data
6. Help predict possible future incidents

For easier and more efficient security guard management, automated incident management system should be devised and employed in contractual agreements. Employers and security personnel or security companies supplying security staff and other security paraphernalia should be considerate of third parties. They should make sure that incident reporting should contain the most intricate of details in all occurrences.
Security guards should record incidents on a daily basis. Incident reporting software is available from many companies all competing to provide the most intuitive criteria possible. Choose what works best not for you but for all parties involved.