Polymer Resources Employee Anniversaries
- Shawn Dube 2 years
- Tyren Gauthier 2 years
- Alexandra Giannoulis 10 years
- Terrance Hill 1 year
- Peter Johnson 26 years
- Dan O’Neil 3 years
- Michael Salman 1 year
- Kevin Sheehan 12 years
- Stephen Perry 10 years
- Terry Samson 16 years
Thank You for Your Hard Work& Dedication! We Appreciate You!
PRL NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Please notify HR if there are any changes to your address, beneficiaries for Life & 401k, W4 (Fed & State) and/or dependents.Please contact Stephanie Vollono with any questions.
GEHC OEM DEVELOPMENT by Lynn Winston
SAFETY: Autumn Leaves Kevin Sheehan
Autumn Season is approaching, and soon many of us will spend time carrying out the job of removing fallen leaves. The job of removing leaves with a Leaf Blower provides a good example of the importance of selecting the proper PPE, and of being aware of the surroundings where the job is carried out. (This also applies to sweeping floors with an air hose.)
A Leaf Blower saves both time and labor. Most Leaf Blowers consist of a motor that drives a fan that creates a strong air stream. The air stream travels through a nozzle, and the air stream can be used to blow light objects, such as leaves, in a given direction. This is a more sophisticated form of an air hose with a hand operated nozzle. Blowing light objects off into the air can also provide several potential hazards.
Perhaps the first potential hazard to consider is the noise level of a Leaf Blower. The motor that drives the leaf blower creates some noise. Since the Leaf Blower is held close to the operator’s body, the noise is very close to the operator. Since a leaf blowing job could take an hour or more, there is a potential hazard of exposure to a high noise level for a long period of time. The best way to reduce this hazard is to wear hearing protection, such as ear plugs, when operating a Leaf Blower.
The sound generated by a Leaf Blower can be annoying to neighbors. This provides a good example of “Awareness of Surroundings”. Try not to use a leaf blower at 6:00 AM on a Saturday morning. Knowing what is around you when using a Leaf Blower, or when sweeping a floor with an air hose, is also important because it is hard to control what is going to get blown off into the air.
While a Leaf Blower is intended to blow leaves, it will also blow sand, sticks, and small stones. Since it is impossible to select what the Leaf Blower blows, it is important to consider what harm these stray objects could cause. A Leaf Blower should not be used when people are standing nearby because someone could be hit by an unintended flying object. It is also important to keep in mind that objects blown by a Leaf Blower could hit the operator.
In order to avoid a potential hazard of unintended flying objects, it is important to at least wear eye protection when operating a Leaf Blower. Safety Glasses with side shields are a very good idea, and Safety Goggles are an even better idea. A full face shield should also be considered.
In addition to sending objects flying, Leaf Blowers can also generate some heat. Since the device is held in the hands, it is a good idea to wear gloves when using a Leaf Blower. Gloves can help to reduce injuries caused by flying debris, and can help to reduce injuries caused by contact with an overheated Leaf Blower motor.
Perhaps the best form of PPE is Common Sense. Think about what you are doing, and take measures to protect both yourself and others. More details on Leaf Blowers can be found through the following link.
Staying Happy Naturally
Emotional well-being and mood are profoundly influenced by diet and lifestyle. Gratefully, the science supports a host of “therapeutic lifestyle changes” – TLC for short – that can improve your mood and lower your risk of depression. Here’s the complete list based on a most recent scientific review.
- Be physically active / exercise daily. Any activity counts, but formal exercise and sports appear to be the best. Also, the more vigorous the activity the better.
- Minimize processed and fast foods. Consume mostly whole “nature-made” foods.
- Consume omega 3 rich foods often. These include: oily fish (salmon, sardines, lake trout, herring, cod), omega 3 eggs, walnuts, whole soy foods, hemp/chia/flax seeds, canola oil, oysters, and small leafy greens. Fish oil supplements are also an option for getting in optimal amounts of omega fats, but eating oily fish regularly is likely the very best way.
- Keep your weight in a healthy range.
- Eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Those with the most anti-inflammatory oomph are likely the best and include: red onions, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, red/orange/yellow bell peppers, dark leafy greens, apples, red grapes, berries, cherries, oranges, and plums. Excess inflammation in the body has been linked to depression.
- Maintain optimal blood levels of vitamin D via safe sun exposure, consuming vitamin D-rich foods (oily fish, fortified dairy products, mushrooms, eggs) and appropriate use of vitamin D supplements.
- Include magnesium-rich foods in your diet regularly – green vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, whole grains, and wheat germ.
- Increase your intake of tryptophan-rich foods. Foods high in tryptophan include: turkey, whole soy foods, lean meats, fish, and low-fat dairy products.
- Include folate-rich foods in your diet regularly. Green vegetables, beans, peas, lentils, wheat germ, any form of tomato product, oranges, nuts, seeds, whole soy foods, parsley, and beets are excellent sources.
- Include vitamin B-12 rich foods in your diet regularly. The healthiest sources would be low-fat dairy products, fish, and shellfish. If you are older than 50, get your level checked periodically. Some people need to take supplements.
- Avoid sugary beverages and artificially sweetened (diet) sodas.
- Use anti-inflammatory herbs and spices regularly in your foods – turmeric, curry, ginger, and rosemary are especially potent.
- Spend time in nature regularly. Daily best.
- Maintain positive relationships with family and friends.
- Engage in relaxation practices regularly – deep breathing, yoga, meditation, etc.
- Cultivate and nurture your spirituality, especially via practices that focus on love and forgiveness.
- Give of yourself and your money to help those in need.
- Get optimal sleep – approximately 7-8 hours per night.
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 AUGUST the values were:
- Justified Returns: 0.3% and for the year 0.4%. A great result continues.
- Nonconforming Material: 0.2% for August. For the year we are at 1.6% . which is out of our goal range. This is simply a typical result for a startup of new technology, the twin screw. We were clearly on a learning curve. It will improve with experience.
- On time delivery: 99%on time delivery for June. 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 email@example.com.