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The Pond Guys
by Tim Mulcahy
SAFETY: Get Ready For WinterKevin Sheehan
The days are getting shorter, and colder. Winter will be here soon. With winter comes spending time indoors, and winter driving. Now is a good time to check to be sure that both you, and your car, are ready for a safe winter.
During winter, we spend a lot of time indoors, and we that provides plenty of opportunities to come in contact with others. That contact allows us to share things like “cold germs”. It is a good idea to get a Flu Shot before winter begins. It is also a good idea to remember how cold germs are passed from one person to another.
Studies have found that we pass germs on primarily through hand contact. Someone with a head cold might touch a door knob, and then someone without a head cold touches the same door knob. After that, a touch to the face helps a cold to start. A key step to avoiding colds is to wash your hands often. Doing that helps to prevent transfer of germs from one person to another.
Here are some tips on avoiding colds.
While cars do not catch head colds, they do need to be prepared for winter. Perhaps the simplest preparation is to be sure that you have a good ice scraper in your car. Frosty windows present a driving hazard, and a good ice scraper will help to keep windows clean. The idea scraper is a long handled one that also has a brush for cleaning off snow. Speaking of snow, it is also not a bad idea to have a small shovel in your car.
While driving in the snow is the subject of another article, remember that slush on the windshield will have to be cleaned off. Windshield wipers do a good job of this, and new wiper blades work best. Also, be sure that low temperature windshield washer fluid is in your car’s system. This will prevent washer fluid lines from freezing, and will help you to avoid aggravation
Replacing automobile tires in the dead of winter is an aggravating experience. Winter driving will require good tires. It is a good idea to check your car’s tire treads now. If the tires are worn, then now would be a good time to replace them so you can enter winter with good tires.
And here are some tips for getting your car ready for winter.
Winter will only last a few months, so enjoy it safely while it is here.
E-Cigarettes have 10x more cancer causing ingredients than regular cigs
The trendy e-cig may not be as “safe” as originally thought. A new study shows that they contain volatile organic compounds, acetone, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, benzopyrene as well as silicate and various metal particles. The German Cancer Research Center, Heildelberg calls the e-cigarette, “An uncontrolled experiment with Consumers.”
Electronic cigarettes are not emission-free. E-cigarettes contain volatile organic substances, including propylene glycol, flavors and nicotine, and are emitted as mist or aerosol into indoor air. Study showed that these ultrafine liquid particles of less than 2.5 micrometer in diameter may penetrate deeply into the lungs. Study further showed that these e-cigarettes produce substantially fewer ultrafine particles than conventional cigarettes, however, the substances emitted by e-cigarettes may be inhaled by non-users when used indoor. Second-hand exposure to e-cigarette emission which may lead to adverse health effects cannot be excluded says the German Cancer Research Center, Heildelberg
The study goes on to say that the findings revealed the following about the emissions of e-cigarette: a) besides glycol (the main ingredient), nicotine, flavors, tobacco-specific nitrosamines, volatile organic compounds, acetone, formaldehyde. acetaldehyde, benzo(a)pyrene as well as silicate and various metal particles are present, and b) the particle size is between I00 and 600 nanometers, which is comparable to the particle size found in tobacco smoke of conventional cigarettes. The levels of most harmful substances are lower in thee-cigarettes than in conventional cigarette smoke, but they do accumulate in indoor air.
Not that anyone needed a study to tell them that inhaling unknown vapors is unhealthy, but it is good to know that it does produce “secondhand” harms so people can take precautions around their children and others. The one thing that we can definitely count on from this study is that it will not be long before the state begins violating the property rights of business owners by mandating that they disallow e-cig smoking on their private property.
ISO Awareness – Don McBournie
A fundamental requirement of ISO9001: 2008 is that top management must insure that quality objectives are established, measureable and consistent with our quality policy. Our auditors will often ask; what are the company’s quality objectives? The answer you should give is:
- Our justified returns (our mistakes) should not exceed 2% of our total shipments.
- The amount of nonconforming material we produce should not exceed 2% of the total we produce.
- Our on time delivery must be 95% or better.
For OCTOBER the values were:
- Justified Returns: 0.3% and for the year 0.3%. A great result continues.
- Nonconforming Material: 0.7% for August. For the year we are at 1.6% . which is well within our 2015 goal. A huge improvement!
- On time delivery: 99.7%on time delivery for October. Again, an incredible performance. Companies I have talked with are happy with 95%.
Polymer Resources, Ltd. Newsletter compiled & edited by Carrie Morse. Please send submissions, ideas and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.