32A — July 27 - August 16, 2012 — Owners, Developers & Managers — Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal


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ABC’s Delaware Day on Capitol Hill

Twenty-five ABC Delaware members joined staff on Capitol Hill July 10 to meet with the Delaware delegation as part of ABC National’s Legislative Con- ference. The group met with Congressman John Carney, Senator Chris Coons and Senator Tom Carper, and discussions with the centered around the need for regulatory reform, EPA lead piping, OSHA safety enforcement, the Keystone pipeline, implementation of theAffordable CareAct, the need for new tax policies to help businesses, and consumer credit for capital purchases.

Scenes from Delaware Day in DC

ABC Delaware members meeting with Congressman John Carney.

The youngest member of the ABC delegation, Matthew Fasic, son of board member Kevin Fasic, posing with Congressman Carney.

Senator Chris Coons greets ABC members and then discusses the concerns surrounding the Supreme Court decision on the Afforadable Healthcare Act.

ABC Delaware members get Senator Tom Carper’s take on what’s going to happen next with healthcare.

Heat-related illness prevention

These days, successful industries work stringently to stay OSHA compliant, and the majority of companies have effective safety programs in place that have proven to be beneficial to both the company and their employees. But, sometimes even the most effective safety program will overlook critical areas such how to handle seasonal issues such as heat related illnesses. Many safety concerns workers face will occur due to heat related illnesses or worker fatigue, two factors commonly seen throughout industry, especially this time of year. Typically, occupations that place employees in routine hot environments find themselves subject to heat related problems more often than those with less severe duties. In environments where an employee is continually subjected to extreme temperatures, that individual is more likely to experience a reduction in work performance or possibly encounter bodily reactions related to heat related. Heat Related Illnesses takes a toll on workers. Prevention Habits • Body Hydration (Water, and electrolyte products i.e. Gatorade) • Diet • Wear loose lightweight clothing • Wear hats and other clothing that will protect you from damaging UV exposure • Apply sunscreen to protect against skin burns • Use personal protective clothing and cooling devices designed to protect against heat and exposure • Take frequent breaks in cool, shaded areas • Make sure workers are acclimated workers to their working conditions. (OSHA recommends 6 days to gradually get used to extreme environments. Know your employees and their habits. Keep them informed of the dangers associated with heat related illnesses in their workplace. Knowing the danger signs and a thoroughly managed safety program are the keys to safely maintaining heat related illnesses.

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