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Matthew J. Thayer Joins SAFEGUARD® Technology as Vice President


Streetsboro, OH, February 11, 2022 – Matthew J. Thayer has joined SAFEGUARD® Technology as Vice President. He is tasked with growing domestic and international sales as well as expanding the company’s product line.

Mr. Thayer has more than 30 years of experience in roles ranging from applications manager to vice president within the engineering, business development and sales management areas of several companies. He comes to SAFEGUARD® Technology from Knight Materials Technology (KMT, formerly Koch Knight LLC) where he had been Vice President of Sales and Marketing since 2014. In his role with KMT, he was responsible for sales and business development in the United States and globally, overseeing offices in Australia, Turkey, Korea and others. KMT is a leading manufacturer of acid-resistant linings used in processes for chemical and mining industries.

Prior to Knight Materials Technology, he worked at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (APCI) from 2003-2014. Mr. Thayer began his tenure at APCI as Senior Applications Engineer responsible for reactive metallurgy and thermal spray applications and left the company as Global Mining Manager for the equipment supply group.

Thayer has also worked as Global Technical Director for AstroCosmos Metallurgical, a division of Mersen, a global leader in the design and fabrication of titanium, tantalum, zirconium and nickel.

“Matt’s experience and success in sales, technology and business management will help to grow Safeguard’s global presence and help customers throughout the world preventing slips and falls,” said William Kosinski, President. “We are extremely happy to welcome Matt, to our growing team, and could not ask for a better fit as Safeguard enters its 30th year helping customers improve their overall safety.”

 Since 1992, SAFEGUARD® Technology has been custom manufacturing anti-slip covers in the USA to meet customers’ specifications. They are recognized globally as the leading manufacturer of anti-slip safety products, specializing in Hi-Traction anti-slip step, walkway and ladder rung covers. A full listing of products can be found at

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William Kosinski
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30th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

These are commonplace today, but that wasn’t the case just a few short decades ago. Before the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals with disabilities often had difficulty accessing public spaces without assistance.

Then, on July 26, 1990, the ADA was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunities for people with disabilities. Among other things, this law aims to remove barriers to physical access to commercial and government buildings.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the passage of the ADA. In honor of this milestone, now is a time to observe the importance of inclusion, understand our responsibilities when it comes to accessibility, and educate ourselves on ways to help improve it in our communities. Because even though we’ve made great strides when it comes to physical access for people with disabilities, there’s still a long way to go to ensure everyone has the same opportunities.

One area where there is still room for improvement is ramp safety. Even a single stair can make a building inaccessible to people who use wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, or strollers and anyone who has difficulty walking. Older buildings in particular may have features that make them unfriendly to individuals with disabilities.

General accessibility requirements

One of the goals of the ADA was to improve access to public spaces such as grocery stores, schools, restaurants, hotels, museums, and movie theaters, as well as commercial facilities like offices, factories, and warehouses.

Thus, the ADA standards include requirements for the design of buildings and other physical spaces. These requirements cover areas such as parking lots, doors and entrances, floor and ground surfaces, stairways, restrooms, and drinking fountains.

The standards apply to new construction, alterations, and additions. Some people mistakenly believe the standards do not apply to existing buildings. However, older facilities are typically required to remove architectural barriers that would prevent people with disabilities from accessing them.

Some examples of steps that can be taken to remove architectural barriers without much difficulty or expense include adding curb cuts to sidewalks and entrances, widening doors, rearranging furniture and shelving displays, and installing ramps.

ADA ramp requirements

Ramps must be wide enough for a wheelchair to pass through —  at least 36” between handrails. In addition, there must be a landing at least 60” long and at least as wide as the ramp at the top and bottom of the ramp. The slope of the ramp must be no more than 1:12, or one inch in elevation change for every 12 inches of run. Both ramps and landing surfaces must be firm, stable, and slip-resistant. This image from the United States Access Board clearly illustrates the requirements from ramps.

ADA ramp with anti-slip cover
ADA ramp with anti-slip cover

The importance of anti-slip treatment

A slippery ramp is a danger to anyone who uses it. When ramps get wet, they can become extremely slippery. Even a little bit of dust on concrete or metal ramps can create slick conditions that increase the risk of a fall. Therefore, it is important to inspect ramps regularly for hazards and opt for anti-slip treatment.

As we said before, ramps and landings are required to be firm, stable, and slip-resistant. The most common way to measure slip-resistance is the coefficient of friction (COF). A COF of 0.6 on level surfaces and 0.8 on ramps has been widely accepted as a guideline. You can learn more about these guidelines here.

There are lots of ways to increase the COF on ramps and landings, but we recommend using prefabricated covers. These are easy to install over existing surfaces to bring your facility into ADA compliance. And, unlike anti-slip paints and coatings, they don’t require frequent reapplication to stay beautiful and effective.

The next 30 years: toward a more accessible future

Understanding the history and requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act is just the first step. It’s also important to make sure your facilities are compliant with these requirements, including the standards for ramps and landings. If you could use some help discerning the best solutions for your specific situation, contact us to speak to one of our experienced team members today.

Visit any restaurant or shopping center, you’ll likely see accommodations such as curb cuts in sidewalks, ramps at entrances, and accessible restrooms.

No matter how well you care for them, most stair tread covers aren’t designed to last forever. Sooner or later they’ll wear out and you’ll need to put in an order for new ones. 

But how do you know when it’s time to replace your stair tread covers? The signs can be subtle, so it’s important to know what to look for.

Safeguard’s anti-slip step covers are extremely durable, so you won’t have to worry about replacing them anytime soon. Otherwise, here are six ways to tell if it’s time for a replacement: 

1. Curled or lifted edges

Take a close look at your stair covers. You might notice the edges curling or lifting up, even if they are relatively new. It’s not unusual for stair tread covers to peel up, which creates a serious tripping hazard.

Torn anti-slip on step
Torn anti-slip on step

If you see that your stair covers aren’t laying flat, it may be because they weren’t secured properly in the first place. However, if the problem pops up again, or if the covers don’t fit correctly, then it’s time to seek out a replacement. 

Look for step covers that wrap the leading edge of the stair, which will help them lay flat and cover completely. Pre-cut, pre-drilled covers are easy to install over existing steps and will stay secure for years to come. 

2. Worn down 

Over time, gritted or dimpled covers can get worn down from use. Even metal grating can deteriorate over time. A stair tread cover that starts off safe can wear down gradually and lose its ability to provide traction, which can lead to a slip and fall. Dirt, chemicals, and other surface contaminants can add to the wear and tear, making your stair covers wear out more quickly. 

It likely won’t happen all at once, so it’s important to routinely check for signs of wear. If you see dull or shiny spots, or areas that don’t have as much grit as they used to, it’s an indication that your stair treads need to be covered or replaced. We recommend choosing heavy-duty covers that will last so you don’t have to keep replacing them. 

Slippery spots on steps
Shiny areas of step indicate slippery spots

3. They don’t provide good traction

Of course, stair tread covers don’t necessarily have to be worn out to lose traction.  It may be that they can’t stand up to wet, oily, muddy, or icy conditions. Or, it might be that they weren’t the right material for the job in the first place. Not all materials provide the same level of slip resistance.  

In any case, if you catch yourself (or one of your employees) losing your footing, you should immediately contact Safeguard for new tread covers. We’ll help you select the correct solution for your specific industry and installation. 

4. Heavy traffic

In busy areas, stairs can see hundreds if not thousands of footsteps a day. That means stair tread covers in high traffic areas can take a beating. Pay close attention to stairs in heavy traffic areas, such as entryways and exits. These areas get a lot more use, so they’ll understandably wear down faster. 

For high-traffic areas especially, it’s important to choose a durable product that can withstand a lot of use. You’re better off spending a bit more upfront for a long-lasting solution rather than replacing them year after year.

5. They’re old

Steps with old anti-slip cover that is worn off
Steps with old anti-slip that is worn off

Age matters when it comes to stair tread covers as well. Most stair tread covers or grit tape will last only a few years with normal use, so keep that in mind when you’re shopping for a replacement. Safeguard’s step covers are designed to last, even in tough environments such as an oil rig or a factory.  

6. You’re tired of scraping tape

Few things are as frustrating as removing old anti-slip tape. The adhesive backing that makes it stick to your stairs can also make it incredibly difficult to remove when the time comes. In most cases, you’ll have to scrape it off, clean the stairs, put new tape down, and repeat the whole process again next time.  

If your grit tape is worn or peeling, we recommend investing in anti-slip step covers instead of replacing it with new tape. You’re better off, in the long run, switching to a solution that won’t need to be scraped and replaced every few years! 

Safeguard your steps & landings

The decision to replace your stair tread covers is never an easy one. Whether you’re weighing the benefits of custom-fit covers or just looking for a solution that won’t require scraping and replacing all the time, Safeguard is here to help you with your anti-slip needs. Contact us to speak to one of our experienced team members today.

Water park with swimming pool and slide

When the lifeguard blows the whistle to kick off the fun at the Arkadelphia Aquatic Park in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the Director of Parks and Recreation can relax and enjoy the hubbub, knowing that the kids are safe from injury as they scramble up to the water slide.
In early March of 2020, much was uncertain about the viability of community recreation areas in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing was certain, though, if the park was to open, the steps going up to the water slide would need to be addressed.

The existing plastic steps and walkways were cracked and slippery. The material had become brittle and split, exposing sharp edges. And although the surface had a 3-D pattern, the coefficient of friction was low, making the stairs a slip-and-fall hazard for the wet, barefoot customers.
There wasn’t time to have new stairs made and installed before opening day, so the Director sought an alternative.

He found the anti-slip solutions for parks on the Safeguard Technology website and wondered if the steps and landings could be sufficiently covered to restore them to a safe condition.
He discovered that Safeguard® Hi-Traction® Anti-Slip Covers could be custom-made to specification, with a barefoot-grade gritted surface, all in the white color to match his water slide, at no extra charge.

The standard 2-3 week lead time would allow plenty of time for installation before opening day. The step covers, landing covers, and a walkway cover were retrofitted onto the existing areas and secured with fasteners and Sikaflex adhesive around the edges to deter corrosion.

As with many government projects, the city’s approval process was stringent, but the Safeguard solution passed without issue.
The Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association named Arkadelphia’s Aquatic Park as one of the top recreation facilities in the state. Now, thanks to Safeguard, it is also one of the safest!

If you need to keep people safe from slip-and-fall injuries, contact us. We’ll walk you safely through the process!

Some slip, trip, and fall hazards are obvious — such as wet floors and working at heights.

Slips trips falls checklist

But what about those lesser-known hazards that can result in a painful and costly accident? Many of the dangers that cause workers to lose their footing are surprisingly easy to forget or ignore completely.

Let’s take a closer look at 7 of the most commonly overlooked slip, trip, and fall hazards that could be hiding in your workplace.

1. Loose floor coverings

According to the National Floor Safety Institute, hazardous walking surfaces account for over half (55%) of all slips, trips, and falls. Loose floor mats, rugs, and stair covers play a big part in many of these accidents.

Entryway rugs that curl up at the corners can catch a foot and cause a bad fall. Similarly, peeling anti-slip tape can actually do more harm than good by contributing to unsafe walking conditions.

The solution is simple. Make sure floor coverings are the right size for the space, lay flat, and are properly secured. Replace curled mats or worn tape with anti-slip covers that are made to size and can be secured over existing surfaces to ensure they never become a tripping hazard.

2. Contaminants

Contaminants on the floor create the perfect conditions for a slip and fall. Drilling fluid, oil overspray, dust, grease, and even spills from the water cooler can make walking surfaces slippery. Studies suggest that contaminants are responsible for at least 80% of the injuries resulting from slips.

Good housekeeping can eliminate many of the dangers posed by contaminants on the floor surface. When contaminants can’t be completely avoided or eliminated — as is often the case in food processing plants, water treatment facilities, and factories — anti-slip mats are a good solution. They’re designed to provide friction to prevent slips and falls, even in wet or oily conditions.

3. Cracked concrete

Cracks in concrete are normal. Over time, floors, walkways, stairs, and sidewalks can shrink or settle and become uneven. When this happens, they can become a serious tripping hazard.

Replacing cracked concrete is the obvious solution, but it may not be in the budget. In that case, anti-slip step and walkway covers are a quick and relatively inexpensive solution to safely extend the life of your existing concrete.

4. Temporary walkways

Construction ramps and walkways on worksites such as oil fields are an accident waiting to happen. Because they’re new and temporary, they tend to get overlooked when designing safety procedures and controls.

Portable anti-slip rolls are a good solution for temporary walkways. Simply unroll them wherever you need them, then roll them up and store them away when you’re done. They can be reused over and over to ensure slip, trip, and fall hazards are controlled.

5. Distracted walking

We’ve all been there or seen someone awkwardly stumble while looking down at a cell phone. According to the National Safety Council, distracted walking caused over 11,000 injuries between 2000 and 2011 — and those numbers are on the rise. What’s more, over 80% of these injuries were due to falls.

Most people are unaware of the dangers of distracted walking or believe they are not at risk. As such, preventing these types of injuries starts with awareness. Employees must be reminded to focus on the task at hand and controls must be implemented to eliminate potential distractions.

6. Not following safety procedures

Safety procedures can go a long way toward preventing slips, trips, and falls — but they’re only effective if employees follow them every single time. Let’s say, for example, you have a procedure in place that forbids employees from stepping on a certain piece of equipment. All it takes is one shortcut or misstep to cause a serious injury.

Many times, accidents can be avoided by simply posting signs alerting employees to potential dangers and reminding them to follow safety procedures. Anti-slip covers printed with safety messages like “No Step” are one such example that can keep employees on solid footing.

7. Seasonal hazards

While some slip, trip, and fall hazards are present all the time, others can change depending on the season. During the summer, for example, you might prop a door open for better airflow — but this can also allow rain to blow in and make floors slippery. Or, in the winter, rock salt used to melt ice can get tracked inside where it can become a slip and fall hazard.

No matter the season, it’s important to be aware of all potential hazards. Simply keeping an eye out for dangerous conditions can help keep workers safe year-round.

Your next steps

Now that you know these commonly overlooked slip, trip, and fall hazards, you’ll be in a better position to prevent injuries and accidents at your company.

If you are in need of anti-slip products, get in touch with our experts today. We can help you select and install the right solutions to keep your employees safe.

Contact our team to request a quote or sample, or to learn more about your options.

Ah, serrated grating. When it’s new and has those sharp, jagged teeth that grip the soles of your work boots and won’t let them slide…

The problem is, this aggressive attitude on the part of the grip doesn’t last. Time and foot traffic reveals the steel teeth to be the softies they really are. Which brings us to an image our customer sent – file name: Slippery.

The stair treads in their machine shop had become a hazard. Employees were slipping due to having oily substances on the bottom of their shoes.

Their research on anti-slip solutions brought them to the website of Safeguard Technology where they submitted a Request for Quote form. There was some initial concern that the grit on the anti-slip step covers might not be “thick enough” to stop the slipping.

Worn grating that has become slippery
File Name: Slippery
Anti-Slip step covers prevent slips and falls
File Name: Safe

Once they received the samples we provided, they realized our product was the right fit for them.

Safeguard® Hi-traction® products use fused alumina – a hard, sharp-edged aggregate that measures 9.4 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Comparatively, steel, as found in serrated grating, ranks only 4 on the Mohs scale, indicating a soft material that will quickly wear away under foot traffic, leaving your surface more hazardous than ever.

Pre-drilled slotted holes (a Safeguard exclusive) made fastening the step covers over grating fast and easy. After the installation, the stairs were no longer slippery, leading to much safer conditions for the workers. The customer appreciated the clean look of the two-tone covers, and, of course, their effectiveness.

Not sure if our Hi-Traction products will work for you? Request a sample today!

Reopen businesses safely

In San Francisco, the sounds of construction once again fill the air. Detroit auto workers have returned to the assembly line. And Pittsburgh residents can even enjoy a round of golf — provided they maintain a six-foot distance.

After nearly twelve weeks of lockdown, a graphic from the Washington Post shows that most states have already begun lifting restrictions to varying degrees. How and when businesses transition out of lockdown and reopen depends on a number of factors, including their location and industry. But we’re starting to see some early signs of businesses coming back to life.

The road to recovery

In the construction industry, for example, the path forward is starting to look a little brighter. During the COVID-19 shutdown, many contractors saw projects put on hold or canceled. According to a survey conducted in March by the Associated General Contractors of America, 28% of contractors said they had been directed to halt or delay projects. In other cases, customers have pushed back bidding or paused projects to save money. Ohio State University, for example, paused work on 11 construction projects to preserve liquidity. Some contractors have also reported disruptions due to shortages of building supplies and workers, as well as delays in obtaining necessary permits and inspections.

Now, with states loosening restrictions, construction activity is picking back up. Many states are allowing contractors to finish projects that were suspended. Delayed new construction projects are being finalized and scheduled. And bidding opportunities are ticking up. With the increase in activity, the sight of masks and social distancing will become as commonplace on the job site as hard hats and safety vests.

Manufacturers are upbeat about the future as well. Despite supply chain disruptions and significant changes to operations, nearly all of the 700 manufacturers surveyed by SME stated that their company was still operating in some capacity. In fact, half said they were still fully functional while only 8% were completely shut down.

Some manufacturers have responded to the crisis by pivoting to produce essential goods such as PPE and medical supplies. General Motors, for example, recently delivered its first batch of ventilators.  Here at Safeguard, we’ve created new social distancing signs to convey safety messages — in addition to continuing to fulfill our role as a critical supplier to our nation’s essential industries.

As the U.S. and other countries reopen, some manufacturers are starting to see demand for their products pick back up. Increased lead times are expected as manufacturers address the effects of the virus on their suppliers, workers, and operations. However, over two-thirds of manufacturers said they are optimistic that the industry will recover to its pre-COVID-19 level of production by the end of 2020.

In other industries, the future is less certain. Bars, restaurants, gyms, and movie theaters are keeping their doors shut or offering limited services. Schools and universities remain closed for the foreseeable future. Officials at California’s public universities, for example, say it’s not likely students will return to campus this fall. Venues with large public gatherings, such as theme parks, professional sports, and entertainment arenas, are weighing their options for the rest of 2020. So are hotels, resorts, and cruise operators.

Paving the way forward

Once businesses get on the path to reopening, they will have to navigate a complex new reality. The immediate threat of COVID-19 is far from over, and protecting employees and customers will remain the top priority. Many factors will need to be considered, including cleaning and disinfection, social distancing, and ongoing monitoring. To that end, the CDC has issued guidelines to help businesses reopen safely.

Beyond protecting people and resuming normal operations, one major concern when it comes to reopening businesses is cost. Nearly every industry has taken a hit, and cash and capital remain tightly scrutinized. Businesses may be able to reduce their expenses without sacrificing safety by strategically reducing non-essential spending — say, for office space and leased equipment.

Similarly, they may be able to preserve liquidity by delaying or canceling capital improvement projects and instead selecting the most impactful facility improvement and maintenance projects. For example, we’ve seen businesses using our retrofit anti-slip products to extend the life of ladders, ramps, and walkways rather than pay to replace them.

The road to reopening is a bumpy one, but we can get there if we keep safety at the forefront. At Safeguard, we’re here to support you as you continue essential operations or plan for the future. Contact us to speak to one of our experienced team members today.

COVID-19 has upended life as we know it. Schools are closed, sporting events cancelled, and travel is on hold. Businesses have been forced to shutter their doors or severely restrict operations to prevent the spread of infection.

Now, as some states begin to lift stay-at-home orders, corporate executives, managers, and safety leaders will have to work together to figure out how to move forward responsibly. But it won’t simply be business as usual. Priorities have shifted, and companies face a number of new considerations as they transition from lockdown to re-open.

All Hands on Deck: Safety Priorities During a Pandemic

If you’re like most organizations, you probably approved your 2020 budget back in the fall. You spent weeks or months discussing future goals and needs. After many back-and-forth negotiations, management greenlighted expenses for new construction projects and upgrades to existing facilities and equipment. Of course, those budget assumptions were based on a prediction for the upcoming year. 

But with the rise of COVID-19, the phrase “safety is our number one priority” has taken on new meaning. Businesses have devoted their full attention and resources to slowing the spread of COVID-19, fulfilling essential missions, and softening the blow to operations and finance. The primary considerations during lockdown have been establishing social distancing or work-from-home arrangements, securing necessary supplies like masks and gloves, and preparing workers for some new potential hazards they might encounter.

To do this, businesses have had to divert dollars away from approved capital and operating budgets to their coronavirus response. So it’s understandable that many of the projects you planned last year have now been delayed or canceled. Universities have postponed construction of new buildings. Manufacturers have suspended planned facility upgrades. Everything is on hold, and no one knows for sure when or if these projects will be back on. 

Getting Back to Business

Even as businesses reopen, coronavirus will dominate the conversation for the foreseeable future. However, astute safety and facility leaders recognize they can’t let that push day-to-day safety down the list of priorities. After all, slips and falls are just as dangerous as they were six months ago. 

With little wiggle room left in your budget, you’ll have to get creative — something we’re no strangers to during this crisis. We’ve all exercised in our living rooms instead of the gym, or held virtual happy hours over Zoom instead of at the local pub.

Similarly, instead of spending money on major capital improvements, many people are looking for ways to extend the life of their current facilities. To make a worn-out set of stairs last, they’re installing step covers over the existing ones. Rather than tear out cracked cement, companies are covering walkways that might otherwise pose a tripping hazard. These are quick and relatively inexpensive fixes that will last well beyond the current crisis. 

Safeguard Technology: Your Safety Experts

At Safeguard, we understand your priorities have been impacted by the need to deal with COVID-19. Like you, our first priority is keeping people safe and healthy.

Wrestling with the decision to delay or cancel capital improvement projects isn’t an easy thing to do. Whether you’re scrapping your plans or just postponing them for a while, Safeguard Technology is here to help. We can extend the life of your existing ladders, ramps, stairs, and walkways so you can increase safety and still meet evolving budget constraints. Contact us to speak to one of our experienced team members today.

Workplace safety during COVID-19, woman wearing face mask

Business owners, safety leaders, and facility managers have been working around the clock to keep workers safe during the coronavirus outbreak

You’re following State and Federal guidelines and, if you are part of our critical infrastructure, striving to maintain operations.

By now, you know the basics: wash your hands, regularly disinfect surfaces, avoid close contact, and stay home if you’re sick. However, employers also have a responsibility to protect workers from hazards that aren’t immediately obvious.

With so many things to think about and so many priorities competing for your attention, is your organization prepared for these situations? To help you cover all your bases, we’ve made a list of some workplace safety considerations during COVID-19 that you may not have thought of yet.

Preventing the spread of infection

Experts agree that the best way to protect the health and safety of your employees is to keep all non-essential workers home. For anyone who must come in to work, your first priority should be preventing the spread of infection.

Some infection hazards are obvious, such as the risk of spreading the virus through close contact — for example, two factory workers standing side-by-side. But there are other, lesser-known situations that also have the potential to spread infection. For example, are delivery people still entering your facilities? Do workers share phones, desks, tools, or equipment? It’s worth taking a closer look to make sure there’s nothing you’ve missed.

Preparing for reduced staff and supplies

With more employees working remotely or staying home sick, you will understandably have fewer workers on shift. That’s a good thing when it comes to preventing the spread of infection, but it can also increase the potential for problems. Workers who are tired, stressed, or working alone are at increased risk of an accident or injury, so it’s especially important to be vigilant.

In addition to reduced staff, many companies are also preparing for the possibility of supply shortages. Supply chain interruptions and increased demand may make it harder to get protective equipment like masks and gloves, as well as other necessary supplies for day-to-day operations. That’s not an invitation to panic, but rather a reminder to double-check your inventory and reach out to vendors to find out where they stand.

 Training for new hazards

Coronavirus has changed the way many of us work. But have you stopped to think about how to prepare workers for the new challenges they might encounter? For example, a shift supervisor may need coaching on how to respond if they suspect an employee is sick. Similarly, a shop-floor employee might need training on how to handle a new disinfectant safely.

If you haven’t already, now is a good time to evaluate potential training needs within your organization. That includes training opportunities for employees who are staying at home. What activities can you offer now that will ensure they are better skilled and trained when they return to work?

Ensuring business continuity

If your organization had a business continuity plan in place before COVID-19, your crisis team had a head start on mitigating risks and maintaining critical functions. If not, you may be in the process of building a strategy to deal with threats and enable ongoing operations. Now is a good time to document your actions so that, in the future, you will be well positioned to respond to potential threats as they arise.

Ensuring safety program continuity

As during any crisis or natural disaster, your safety program plays a crucial role in supporting your organization’s continued operations. So, while that might look a little different than it did a few weeks ago, it’s important to remain committed to your regular safety efforts. You might need to rethink how you complete audits and inspections, for example, or scale them back from a best-practice level. Along the same lines, you may need to find new ways to communicate with employees or to encourage workers to report health and safety concerns during this time.

Reprioritizing projects

Responding to the coronavirus crisis requires all hands on deck. Organizations are devoting their full attention and resources to mitigating risks and ensuring business continuity. As a result, big capital improvements like new building construction and facility upgrades have taken a backseat. Going forward, business owners and facility managers are evaluating which projects should continue and which can wait. There is no one size fits all answer, so you’ll have to make a judgment call in the end based on your specific situation.

Your takeaway

Keeping your employees safe and healthy during COVID-19 is no easy task. We are all learning from and adapting to this unprecedented event. We hope these workplace safety considerations will help you plan, prepare, and respond effectively.

Here at Safeguard Technology, we care about your workers, customers, and the public and are ready to help you face the challenge of protecting people. As an essential supplier for emergency services, healthcare, transportation, food and agriculture, energy, and other industries, we are still open and operating during this time. Our team is ready to answer any questions you may have about our continuity plan or your anti-slip needs. Contact us to speak to one of our experienced team members today.

Counting steps with a fitness tracker or know someone who is? We have become obsessed with these numbers!

The average 
American takes 
over 5,000 
steps a day...

35,000 steps
per week
or 1.8 million
a year...

For every
100 workers, 
that's 182 million 
steps per year...

24 hours a day, 
7 days a week...

A 40-hour 
work week = 
~90 million steps!

The sheer volume alone makes walking surfaces a priority in our safety programs. For help with slip-and-fall prevention, contact Safeguard today!

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