The Three Best Things to Do To Avoid OSHA Training Violations

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With OSHA’s clear message to all employers that more training needs to be completed in order to avoid violations, there are three main things that you can do in order to educate you and your employees of the importance of being compliant.

The first thing you can do is to start with education and a clear understanding of what OSHA is asking you to do. There are plenty of resources out there that can help you with that such as, the Training Requirements in OSHA Standards, and the NFPA 70E Handbook. These documents will be able to clearly explain what you need to do in order to get your employees properly trained. OSHA has now made it a requirement that the employer must train their employees. This means that in order to stay compliant and avoid violations you MUST have training complete.

The second thing is to check out the 270-page book that lists the overview and requirements of the OSHA standards. This is meant to assist employers, safety and health professionals, and training directors with what they need to know in order to keep their employees safe. Also check out the most cited violations for the past year. This will give you an idea on what to avoid and what to train your employees on.

The third thing to do would be to get started with your training schedule and keep track of what you are doing. One of the main questions that an OSHA investigator will ask is if your employees have received proper training. It’s better to have a program started rather than not at all. Keeping track of what you do shows that you are making the right steps forward.

Overlooking training isn’t something that we would recommend. It is better to get started now than to do nothing at all. Come to Thompson for your training needs, we are ready and willing to assist you in any way.

For more information regarding Thompson Training contact us at:

Phone: 844.321.3869

Email: help@thompsonspecialty.com

Website: www.thompsonspecalty.com

The Best Reasons to Go Solar Today

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There always seems to be one question that we get asked all the time at Thompson Solar. “Is Solar the right move for my business?”  Smart energy sustainability certainly reduces operating costs with lower utility bills and can improve the overall value of your business.  At Thompson Solar, we help customers understand the five fundamental reasons to ‘Go Solar.’ To help you learn more about how your business can benefit from solar we have our Best 5 Reasons to Go Solar to share with you today.

  1. Reduce Your Energy Costs
  2. Get Credit for the Electricity You Make
  3. The ROI on Your System Could Be Just 3-6 Years
  4. Take Advantage of Tax Credits (Free Money)
  5. It Attracts New Customers

    Bonus: Thompson can Finance Your Solar System

You may know Thompson Electric as one of the leading electrical contractors in the upper Midwest for more than 85-years.  You may not know that Thompson also is a leading developer of solar energy projects.  Contact the solar experts at Thompson Solar today at 844-321-3869 to learn how your business can benefit from a solar conversion.

https://www.thompsonspecialty.com/solar

 

The Future Is Bright At BCU

It was an exciting day at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City Iowa when they flipped the switch in the Neuman Flanagan Center and the new LED lights came on.  The future is so bright in fact that the basketball and volleyball teams may need sunglasses at practice.

As part of a two-year campus-wide lighting retro-fit project, Thompson Automation and Specialty Services has partnered with Briar Cliff to change out all the old lighting fixtures and install new energy-efficient LED light.  In addition to brighter and higher quality light in the gymnasium; the new LED fixtures cost significantly less to operate, turn on instantly, operate quieter, and don’t put off near the heat that the old metal halide lights did.  The change is astonishing.

Briar Cliff University is a MidAmerican Energy Trade Ally Partner so not only do they earn exceptional savings from the day to day cost of operating the lights and rebates on the cost of the fixtures, they also earn bonus incentives for the number of lighting efficiency projects they have undertaken.

If you ever wonder what new LED lighting could mean for your school be sure to give the experts at Thompson Automation and Specialty Services a call today.  For more than 80-years, they have been exceeding customers’ expectations and delivering results similar to Briar Cliff University.

GEAPS

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Recently, Thompson Automation & Specialty Services participated as an exhibitor, in the National GEAPS (Grain Elevator and Processing Society) Expo in Kansas City, MO.  More than 3000 people from all aspects of the grain industry attended the 3 day event.

Mike Pendergast (Thompson Automation and Specialty Services) and Rob Costello (Thompson Electric) handled the booth duties promoting arc flash awareness, infrared thermal imaging and electrical safety for grain elevators.  Thompson Automation and Specialty Services is using these national expos to create awareness of the dangers of electrical hazards in grain handling facilities.  As a result, owners and operators of grain facilities, are now realizing the dangers of electricity and the need for arc flash risk assessments, electrical surveys and training for their employees.

The interest generated by our presence at the GEAPS Expo, and the follow up from our contacts made at the Expo, emphasizes the growing interest in electrical safety and the need for Thompson Automation and Specialty Services to stay active in the grain industry.