Op Shop Safety and Health Research Notes

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 08:34 -- sewm02

Op Shop Safety and Health Research Notes

This page is the recordkeeping associated with Op Shop Safety and Health undergraduate research.

Initial Outline for Research [written 2009 02 16, last modified 2009 05 11]

  • Existing training/safety awareness
  • Training impacts (pre and post) over approximately one academic-year period
  • Job description
    • Job tasks
      • Personal Protective Equipment?
      • Ergonomic?
      • Hazard Communication?
      • Fall Protection?
    • Number of hours
    • Times of day
    • Co-workers
    • Hazardous job tasks not resulting in injury as of yet?
  • Injury records
    • Job performing when injury occurred
    • Severity of injury
    • Time of day of injury (did tiredness/lack of focus contribute to injury?)
    • Location where injury occurred
    • Resulted in recordable/wc claim?
    • Number of lost days
  • Results of this research
    • Safety and health of those with disabilities
    • Financial impact
    • Gain/loss of Op Shop credibility
    • Efficient/safe performance of job tasks

Miscellaneous Research Notes

  • 2009 02 25 | Getting letter of approval from Jan Smith will solidify our proposal
  • 2009 04 27 | If no funding for next year, perhaps get funding from other sources
  • 2009 04 27 | Research proposal accepted starting August 25, due by September 15
  • 2009 04 27 | Final research report is due June 1, 2010, and all funding must be spent by this date
  • 2009 05 11 | Safety concerns to inform employees of:
    • Correctly unplug equipment from electrical socket
    • Safely utilize ladders
  • 2009 05 20 | Developmental Disability Websites

Meeting with Bill Bickerstaff 2009 02 17 10am

Those in attendance were Bill Bickerstaff, Dr. Abbott, and Chris Warnick.

  • Will ADA or Safety regulations win? A: safety
  • Op Shop can be terminated if a further disability inhibits them from job tasks
  • Op Shop is a contract with Fairmont State
  • Hazard Communication and Bloodborne pathogens was done by Bickerstaff (employees may have left since the training)
  • Do general orientation to apply to here, FBI, high schools, etc.
  • Fire alarms have strobe lights for the hearing impaired
  • Next step is to meet with Jan Smith, Tom Tucker, and Donny Strand together
  • If something is locked/tagged out, Op Shop needs to know hazard awareness
  • Back safety, ladders, walking/working surfaces, ergonomics, specific equipment training, how to properly take out trash
  • Ask Jan, etc. for OSHA 300 log; Op Shop has its own 300 log

Meeting with Jan Smith 2009 02 26 10am

Those in attendance were Jan Smith, Dr. Abbott, and Chris Warnick.

  • Jan trains every other Thursday when paychecks come in, not always safety-related topics
  • Not always trained when an employee starts on the job, Jan would like to change that
  • Have some resistance to changing to different mops, especially day shift custodians
  • Some Op Shop employees in Bryant and Morrow dorms during day time rather than night shift
  • Back sprains and cuts are the most common types of injuries
  • Paying a very large amount with worker's compensation
  • Do not have a return-to-work program in place
  • Donny Strand is the custodial supervisor
  • Jan wants to incorporate both Fairmont State and Op Shop custodians in training sessions
  • Total of 12.33 Fairmont State and 42 Op Shop custodians on this campus

Research Proposal Meeting 2009 04 27 2pm

Those in attendance were Dr. Abbott and Chris Warnick.

  • To start the project description, a statement of purpose needs to be written
  • This statement of purpose might include statistics from a 300 log, the BLS, or NIOSH
  • Might be helpful to make a form for observation of job tasks (i.e. - JSA, BBS form, or JHA)
  • Funding needs might include: a video recorder, training materials

Research Proposal Meeting 2009 05 11 10am

Those in attendance were Dr. Abbott and Chris Warnick.

  • Free samples of healthier cleaning materials might be available from manufacturer
  • Might be able to borrow Dennis' video recording equipment if necessary
  • Might need to purchase or suggest to purchase safer/more ergonomic types of janitorial equipment
  • Completed budget and timeline information for proposal

Meeting with Jan Smith 2009 10 12 7:30am

Those in attendance were Jan Smith and Chris Warnick.

  • What are some common tasks performed? changing lightbulbs; sweeping, moping, and dusting; picking up and taking out trash; cleaning restrooms; refinishing floors (as often as necessary); in the winter they will throw down choke (de-icer) in front of their buildings
  • Are these tasks generally the same or do they differ for each building? they are generally the same
  • What are the number of hours and times of day worked? they work 8-hour shifts; most work Sunday through Thursday, 10pm-6am (this just got changed, was 6pm-2am); some work 4pm-12am
  • Where do employees work and how are they split into groups? the average number of employees per building is 3 (Feaster Center has 5 and the Falcon Center has 9); this depends on floor types, square footage, number of faculty/staff, and usage (this is Jan's Workload System); the national average is 12,000-15,000 square feet per custodian; Jan basically matches personalities so that each building has people that get along well
  • Do employees stay of buildings? some employees are floaters and can move to a different building when extra help is needed there
  • Do employees use any kind of a buddy system? they have the term team cleaning which means to work as a team to get things done but not necessarily physically work together; for instance, when one employee has a job of pulling trash cans, another employee should come by each trash can later (while performing another task) and check if each trash can has been pulled
  • What other facilities are Op Shop employees working at? the Op Shop where they make items and at other businesses where they are custodians
  • What injuries and illnesses are common among Op Shop employees at other facilities? no injuries or illnesses have occurred at any other location than the Fairmont campus in about 3 years