Sound Advice: Practice these Guidelines  
to Keep Your Employees Safe  
lass and safety go hand-in- stitute’s Bennett Ghormley for a late ready being paid. The cost for at-risk  
hand—you can’t have one January webinar on how safety and behavior is injury,and the cost for non-  
without the other. quality are tied together in the con- compliant quality is re-work.  
A safe job is a quality job.” That was struction industry. In order to ensure a safe work envi-  
the message from Consigli Construc-  
Ghormley, whose company provides ronment, many glass companies follow  
tion Co. Inc.’s Moritz Schmid, who safety consultation services, said he is strict procedures. Take a look at some  
joined Oregon State University’s Dr. often asked, “Who will pay for quality practices that many companies follow  
John Gambatese and Zero Industry In- and safety?”But the price,he said,is al- to keep their employees safe.  
Keep everything clean and organized.  
Use personal protec-  
tion equipment (PPE).  
A clean work environment is a safe work environment. “The best way  
to keep a good house is to combine cleanliness and good order,”  
says Robert Carlson, mechanical engineering, with Tristar Glass in  
Tulsa, Okla. “This doesn’t just apply to general housekeeping tasks  
such as returning tools and equipment to their proper storage location and  
keeping aisle-ways and work areas clear of clutter and obstructions. When it  
comes to safety, maintaining good order and following proper storage and  
proper disposal procedures for work-in-progress glass can significantly re-  
duce/prevent injuries.” Examples include:  
This cannot be emphasized  
enough. Carlson says at his  
company they place signs  
indicating the PPE requirements at en-  
trances and other locations throughout  
the shop. “Each department has signs  
indicating specific PPE requirements for  
each station within the department,” he  
says. At J.E. Berkowitz L.P. (JEB) in  
Pedricktown, N.J., Nick Lysik, safety di-  
rector, says he’s constantly looking at  
PPE, “and if we can improve it in any way  
to produce a better environment for our  
employees. …”  
Placing all rejects/cutoffs/unlabled or lost glass on designated reject carts  
rather than against a random wall/cart or other place it doesn’t belong;  
Proper placement of XYZ scrap into the cullet bins in a gentle manner from  
no further than 6 feet away; and  
Properly identifying and marking glass edges that extend beyond the bound-  
aries of a table, cart or harp rack.  
Conduct a job safety analysis on all processes.  
Know your limitations.  
Carlson says his com-  
Some companies work with a safety consultant focused on writing pro-  
grams and conducting new and refresher training courses annually. If an  
accident—or even a near miss—does occur, conducting a root-cause  
analysis can help determine what went wrong. “Having a group of peo-  
pany consistently supplies  
employees with the best  
tools to do their job.  
ple trained to try to determine what actually caused or contributed to something is  
very useful,” says John Dwyer, president of Syracuse Glass in Syracuse, N.Y. His  
company also trains members of its management teams for different operations—  
cutting, insulating, etc.—to lead the root-cause analysis process. He says as safety  
practices have improved, Syracuse Glass has reduced its shop remakes. Dwyer  
also points out that a focus on safety extends beyond the shop floor. “Those skills  
are very useful when you have near misses or accidents in serving customers, deal-  
ing with employee concerns, product quality, etc.,” he says. “Our safety program  
yields benefits way beyond having a safe workplace. When people have this train-  
ing, they can apply the same practice to customer services, accidents, sales, etc.”  
Lysik says his company holds monthly safety meetings, as well as weekly safety  
updates, where they discuss any near misses or injuries on site and investigate  
the cause.  
However, even with the right tools,  
it’s important to be aware of equip-  
ment limitations and know when to  
say “no” to jobs that exceed those lim-  
itations. “When you take on a job that  
meets or exceeds the upper capacity  
limits of your equipment, you are put-  
ting your employees at risk of poten-  
tial injury,” says Carlson.  
Joe Carlos, director of sales and mar-  
keting with Triview Glass in City of In-  
dustry, Calif., adds, “Think twice before  
taking action. Ask yourself, ‘Is it safe?’”  
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Beyond standard training for  
glass handling and equip-  
ment operating procedures,  
some companies also select  
multiple individuals from  
each department and each shift to  
qualify, through additional first-aid  
and emergency response training, as  
first responders.  
When JEB hires new employees they  
go through a safety orientation on  
their first day. Lysik says new em-  
ployees are brought onto the floor  
and learn glass handling from sea-  
soned employees. “Some positions  
onsite don’t require as much glass  
handling as others. But we like to get  
newer employees with guys that  
have been doing it for a long time,”  
he says, adding that they also hold  
safety training every month to review  
different OSHA-related topics and to  
refresh safety topics in general. s  
—Ellen Rogers and Nick St. Denis  
April 2016 | USGlass, Metal & Glazing