Special events can be huge economic drivers for municipalities, venues, and food service providers — but they also come with unique waste management challenges. The goal for any large-scale entertainment operation is to manage waste both safely and efficiently. In order to do that, managers must carefully plan multi-stream waste systems, and they must provide staff with the tools they need to safely route each type of waste toward its own unique destination.
From the smallest bed and breakfast to the grandest luxury hotel, waste management can easily get out of control in the lodging industry. It's an issue of sheer scale: Green Hotelier, an industry journal, reports that every guest creates two pounds of waste for each night they stay. Meanwhile, the average hotel in the U.S. has 290 rooms, 64.4 percent are occupied on a given night.
Facilities maintenance workers face a range of ergonomic risks on the job, including hazards associated with repetitive motions, heavy lifting, and awkward work postures. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) continues to list "maintenance and repair workers, general" among its high-risk occupations for developing musculoskeletal disorders.
Burn Awareness Week occurs during the first full week of February and reminds us of the grave importance of preventing chemical burns from forklift batteries. This annual occurrence provides a great opportunity for businesses to take a closer look at how they can avoid burns in the workplace and — when necessary — respond to them.
Warehouse managers strive for speed and efficiency when changing and charging forklift batteries, but productivity improvements should always start with protecting forklift battery chargers themselves. Remember that the prevention of forklift collisions does more than protect workers — it also protects expensive equipment. High traffic in and around battery rooms puts chargers at a greater risk for collisions, which can be dangerous and costly.
Shippers, receivers, loaders, and carriers who transport food are still coming to grips with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). President Obama signed the bill in 2011, and since then, the FDA has added a number of rules specifying measures that those involved in food transportation must follow.
Staff in the entertainment and hospitality industry strive to keep their hustle and bustle behind the scenes, which can lead to sacrifices in ergonomics. They want patrons to enjoy an event or a vacation with no stress or worries. But all that hard work adds up, and without ergonomic habits and equipment, it could leave employees taking sick days or injury time at disproportionately high rates.
Vintners have been making wine for thousands of years, but their processes keep improving due to advances in technology. Two of the most helpful advances have been harvest bins and Forward Bin Tippers, which allow vineyards and wineries to transport large volumes of fruit with less manual handling.
Handling forklift batteries can be dirty business. Electrolyte can accumulate on or drip from batteries due to leaks, boil-overs, and vapors that escape during charging.
Because acidic residue can end up in places it shouldn't be, battery room managers must take precautions to protect workers and equipment from this corrosive material. As you would expect, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) lays out guidelines for employers. Here are the major requirements from OSHA, along with a few ways to ensure compliance: