Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics. It’s a trend that’s particularly alarming as baby boomers reject the traditional retirement age of 65 and keep working. The U.S. government estimates that by 2024, older workers will account for 25 percent of the labor market. Getting old — and the physical changes associated with it — “could potentially make a workplace injury into a much more serious injury or a potentially fatal injury,” said Ken Scott, an [...]
At our last meeting I mentioned that I am providing solder certification training in partnership with Stony Brook University. Most electronics manufacturers customers require that their employees be certified either to IPC 610 (solder inspection) or J-STD-001 (hands on soldering techniques) to ensure products are manufactured to an international quality standard. Under their new MTRC, Stony Brook is providing up to 30% funding to offset the cost of the training. WDI (Workforce Development Institute) is providing another 30% funding, making the cost around 40% of the normal rate. The advantage we bring is having trainers who are experienced in soldering [...]
Many of my electronics manufacturing customers require certification of their employees who solder electronics. Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before deciding if and where to do the certification. Why are you investing the training? Who needs training? What Standard should you use? When do you need to certify and re-certify? Where should you conduct your training? First, consider why you are investing in the training. Are you required by your customers to have certified solder assemblers? Would you like to train new employees how to solder? Would you like to improve or maintain the level of quality [...]
https://lnkd.in/dguffiu I just had a conversation with a local manufacturer about the value of reinforcing Safety through continuous training, auditing, and incentivizing safe behavior. What measures are you taking?
Don't view the conclusion of this round of GHS deadlines as the end of the process, but rather the beginning of the new state of HazCom and what OSHA now expects for compliance. Following a decade-long effort, the final effective completion date to align OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) has come and gone. While companies covered by HazCom may see the conclusion of the GHS deadlines as an ending, it's critical that they view the changes enacted with GHS alignment as just the beginning. Moving forward, [...]
As a business owner, it is vital that you have a quality management system (QMS) in place. Your customers will return if they know they can trust you, as well as the products and services you offer. Due to the fact that many companies have international relationships, it is also imperative that these quality standards are the same everywhere so that businesses are measured the same way. The ISO9001 is one of those international standards that ensures certain requirements for a QMS, and over a million companies across the globe are already certified. The ISO9001 offers a wealth of benefits [...]
Many of the business owners we talk to are frustrated by the high cost of their workers comp insurance. If you can relate to this, can you answer these 6 questions? Do you know your EMR mod rating Do you have a robust EH&S system Do you understand how your loss run affects your EMR rating What is the class code of your EMR for your rating How high is your reserve? Have you had a Code Rule 59? If not, give us a call at 631-642-7239 and allow us to help you answer these questions and help you get [...]
Show of Business Profits in the real World 2-18-2017
On Thursday, November 17, SBIDC hosted a panel of experts, including labor and employment attorney Glenn Franklin of Franklin, Gringer & Cohen, P.C., small business consultant Holly Howard of Ask Holly How, and industrial engineer and management consultant Ron Loveland of Summit Business Solutions, to discuss upcoming changes to state and federal employment laws. The panelists discussed several topics, including the December 31 increase in New York's minimum wage, which will rise from $9 per hour to $11 per hour, ultimately rising to $15 by the end of 2018. They also discussed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act - [...]
In a lego airplane building lean simulation designed to show participants how the 8 wastes create barriers to smooth production flow on a factory floor, Frank discusses what wastes the participants observe. In Lean Manufacturing, we look for the 8 wastes, originally developed by Shigeo Shingo at Toyota. Using the acronym DOWNTIME, the Lean Manufacturing Engineer helps the team look for: Defects Overproduction Waiting Non-value added processing Transportation Inventory (imbalance-too much, too little) Motion Employees-not fully utilizing the talents and capabilities of your workforce What wastes do you see in the picture above?