28
Aug

IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY TALKS

Safety talks are essentially short meetings facilitated by someone authorized by the company. They are informal and just focus on one particular topic at a time. These regular meetings are effective in reminding the workers to pay attention to safety during their shift. They can be used to discuss briefly the specifics of a particular task, procedure, or tool involved in the job.

Safety talks are a vital part of any company’s safety awareness program. Getting the message across to create awareness among workers are easier when they have the opportunity to discuss their own experiences. The actual hazards and dangers they encounter are very important. Equally important are the steps they have done to the avoid loss of limbs and lives. The active interaction during these meetings can bring forth stronger commitment to keep everyone safe and eliminate possible risks in the future.

These talks get workers involved. They give employees a chance to voice out safety concerns, allowing the management to act upon those as quickly as possible. They may demand positive action on matters that are important to them; it’s also likely that they’d give suggestions that can prevent accidents in the workplace. Remember, employees are the source of firsthand information. They can provide ideas that will help the management reform safety rules and regulations.

Safety talks help solve minor job problems, preventing them from becoming major disasters. They also become opportunities for the management and workers to discuss the various risks present in the work environment. These meetings are the best venue for reorientation regarding the proper use of protective gear and the correct execution of safety techniques. It is very important to constantly remind workers to take precautionary measures.

Aside from serving as a means to refresh people’s memory, safety talks can provide information on the causes, frequency, and types of accidents that happen in the workplace. That’s why it’s fairly common that statistical information is presented during such discussions. Still, it would be easier to get accurate data from the workers who were present during the accidents, so it’s sometimes beneficial to allow them to handle these meetings.

Safety TalksAt this point, you’re probably thinking about one question – is there an ideal schedule for such meaningful discussions? Well, the best time to do safety talks is right at the beginning of everyone’s shift. A 5-10 minute presentation using visual aids (that includes video footages, slides, and handouts) can help demonstrate the necessity of keeping everyone safe and healthy. These can stimulate worker interest, helping them remember throughout the duration of their shift that safety should be the top priority.

These regular talks can also perk up the enthusiasm and motivation of workers to start their daily work. The speakers can always inject some motivating tips to boost the morale of workers and push their productivity level further. Daily doses of prevention tips plus motivating words could even lead to improvements in terms of output quality. When workers feel important and well taken care of by the management, they compensate by working better.

In time, the commitment to stay safe becomes easier as everybody works to maintain a proper working environment. Given your newfound appreciation for safety-themed meetings, you might be wondering as to whether there are experts who could help you plan these mini-events. You’ll be glad to know that there are, and they’re called professional speakers. Here’s something you should know as you search for one though – it pays to think thoroughly.

Simply put, not all speakers are capable of doing (or at the very least, planning) safety presentations and so, you should check the credentials of the one you’re planning to hire.

8
Aug

Types of Custom Baseball Pins: Explained

baseball pinsOrdering custom baseball pins usually entails a few choices regarding certain types and materials. This article aims to shed light on the details regarding these types so that you could make a wiser decision upon personalizing your order.

Cloisonne (Soft Enamel) Lapel Pins

Cloisonne soft enamel pins are of the highest quality and demand on the market. In most stores, more than 90% of customized pins are of this type. These are made from a 1.2 mm thick copper base which is plated with gold, black, or silver nickel. Enamel colors are added and the whole thing is baked at 400 degrees Fahrenheit to cook the enamel. As a finishing touch, a transparent epoxy layer is added to give protection, as well as depth and gloss that pin collectors love.

Offset Digital Trading Pins

Offset digital pins are optimal for designs that require more detail and finer colors than those offered by the cloisonne soft enamel pins. These are great for team logos, paintings, and photographs. These pins are made from the same thick material of photo-etched pins, crafted using the latest printing technology that recreates each image directly on individual pins. A transparent protective coating is added as the last layer.

Photo-Etched Trading Pins

Photo-etched pins are more economical alternatives to cloisonne soft enamel pins. The design of your custom baseball pins is etched unto a copper base that’s 0.80 mm thick. Then, soft enamel colors are injected into the depressed areas and the whole thing is baked at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. You have an option to add an epoxy layer to provide both protection and a deep, glossy finish.

Upgrades!

The pin designs can be upgraded with a few options:

1) Dangler – danglers are second customized pins which are usually attached to the main pin by a ring. Second pins require a separate design, mold, and manufacture from the main pin. Danglers are usually added to represent a special detail, such as a year or place of a certain tournament. Tip: to save on your purchases, you could opt to have the same main pin design but with updated years, so you can have a collection of pins for different years.

2) Slider – also a second pin, these are inserted through a slot cut into the main pin. The slider pin, which can also be considered a trading pin on its own, adds a sense of action into the pins. Common examples of designs that require sliders are swinging bats, running baselines, and moving softballs or baseballs.

3) Spinner – again a second pin, spinners are added to the main pin through a spin feature. They are added on top of the feature and can be spun with a finger. Custom baseball pins with spinners are considered very valuable. Spinners can be in any form and size, but are usually of bats, baseballs, and softballs.

4) Bobble Heads – another second pin which is attached to the main pin by a strong spring. Bobble heads can move side-to-side and up-and-down. These actions are very eye-catching. These are the most sought-after add-ons by many clients.

5) Blinkers – these LED lights are battery powered and blink when turned on. They add a little excitement to the pins and are often used as the mascot’s eyes.

6) Glitter – glitter enamel is added to colored areas of the pin, adding dimension and sparkle to an otherwise plain design. Although glittered pins look costly and sophisticated, they are actually quite inexpensive, which is why a lot of custom pins request the addition of glitter.

That’s it! You now have a better idea of the different types and upgrades of custom baseball pins. Enjoy creating your personalized pins, and happy trading!