News from the Construction Suppliers Association

September 11, 2019

Weapons and Workplace-Violence Policies Are Must-Haves for Everyone's Safety

Dawn Stastny PhotoBy Dawn Stastny, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Managing Partner, Stellaris Group

Be sure to attend Dawn's session at the CSA Annual Conference tomorrow. For more information about how Stellaris and CSA members can work together, click here.

More often than not these days, you watch the evening news and hear of another workplace violence incident involving a fatal shooting or a violent act against an employee. These acts of violence generally come without warning. The FBI has corroborating data that shows the incidence of active shooters has risen over the past 20 years. The scary thing about these occurrences is that you never know what is going to set someone off.

According to OSHA, “Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide.”

Employees have a right to come in to work each day and feel safe about being there. But how do you prevent violence in the workplace?


It's Time to Register for Oklahoma Education Classes!

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Mark your calendar for Oct. 15-17 for three in-demand classes to be held in Oklahoma City.

CSA will offer training for employees at all levels of your company, and registration is currently open.

Oct. 15: Intro to Building Material Sales
This value-packed, one-day session includes:

  • Product Knowledge -- learning what we sell and how it's used on the construction site.
  • Customer Service -- the "people" part and how each role is important to the sales cycle; keys to understanding the specific needs of different customer types.
  • Project Selling/Profit & Margin -- how to sell items as a package; upselling; and an overview of how profits are made.

Oct. 16-17: Basic Estimating & Blueprint Take-Off
This two-day workshop covers residential construction methods, blueprint reading, material take-off, package selling and bid presentation. Attendees receive hands-on experience figuring out an actual set of working drawings.

Oct. 16-17: OSHA 10 Training
This course will help you develop a preparedness plan for unexpected OSHA visits; teach you how to train fellow employees on OSHA guidelines & procedures; and recognize workplace safety hazards. What you learn in this course could save you thousands of dollars in fines and penalties.

Click "Read More" for details about pricing and location, or to register.


Fire Prevention: Not a Once-a-Year Responsibility

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How often do you think about fire prevention? Weekly? Monthly? Yearly? On the off chance you come across an article on the subject?

Unless your answer to that question is “daily,” you have some work to do. That might sound dramatic, but the U.S. Fire Administration received more than 100,000 reports of nonresidential building fires each year from 2014 to 2016.

Although you should review your overall fire safety plan a couple times a year, you should constantly be on the lookout for fire risks. This sounds like a big task, but if you integrate it into your business’s everyday procedures, the time commitment will be minimal.


Is Your Business Ready for a Natural Disasters?

satellite image of hurricane irmaWe all watched last week as Hurricane Dorian slowly gathered steam and then destroyed much of the Bahamas and flooded areas up the Eastern seaboard.

Many CSA member businesses are at risk from hurricanes every year, but none of us are completely immune from natural disasters. Our Oklahoma members worry about tornadoes every year, and flooding can occur almost anywhere.  Are you ready for the destruction of a natural disaster?

Here are some ideas about readiness from AlertMedia, a company that provides enterprise-wide business communications. Their article focuses on hurricanes, but we thought you might benefit from their helpful suggestions regardless of the type of disaster.


How to Fight the Enemy Who Lives Between Your Own Two Ears

By Darius Foroux

One of the main things I’ve learned about life is that before you conquer the external world, you have to master the inner world of your mind. You might have all kinds of awesome goals. No problem. The enemy lies not in the outside world. It’s not money, people, or opportunity that’s holding you back. It’s you.

Legendary surfer, Laird Hamilton said it best: “Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.”

Self-doubt creeps into your system at the weirdest moments. And all of a sudden, there’s a war going on inside your head. And you’re not even aware of it.

Here are 10 war strategies that will help you to win your inner battles:


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