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TIPS FOR MINIMIZING BUSINESS RISK & CREATING A SAFE WORK ENVIRONMENT

TIPS FOR MINIMIZING BUSINESS RISK & CREATING A SAFE WORK ENVIRONMENT

DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE TO MITIGATE RISK & REDUCE LIABILITIES  (reprinted from Interstate Restoration)

Reviewing and understanding Federal, State, OSHA and/or CDC guidelines for maintaining a healthy and safe work environment is a critical step to minimizing risk to your business. Proactively taking steps to create and maintain a clean and safe work environment demonstrates that you take the health and safety of your employees and occupants seriously.

DEVELOP A SAFE WORK ENVIRONMENT PLAN

  • Inspect space and develop a plan to maintain social distancing requirements and allow for flexible work schedules including maintaining remote work capabilities
  • Commit to monitoring and following public health guidelines
  • Implement and maintain safe, social distancing practices
  • Encourage frequent hand washing
  • Provide hand sanitizer stations
  • Develop a daily disinfection plan
  • Remind employees to stay home if they are sick

COMMUNICATE YOUR PLAN

Don’t assume your employees or tenants know what steps you’re taking to minimize risk —tell them! Communicating your plan will help provide some needed reassurance that their health and safety is your top priority.

INSPECT & DISINFECT THE RIGHT WAY

  • Disinfect spaces, furnishings and mechanical systems before employees return to the workplace
  • Inspect for obvious signs of damage like broken windows or doors or water leaks
  • Inspect for hazards (electrical, mechanical, structural, physical, etc.)

According to the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), here are two hidden risks you should consider 1) MOLD GROWTH 2) BACTERIA IN WATER SYSTEMS

STAY ON TOP OF REGULAR DISINFECTION & PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

While you’re focused on opening up again don’t forget the importance of maintaining a consistent cadence of regular and preventative maintenance activities. Prevent that project you put off before the shutdown from becoming the next disaster.

Peace of mind is a wonderful thing. Following these steps can provide businesses and occupants comfort knowing their health and safety is your top priority.

To ensure your building is ready to reopen, schedule a consultation or reach out to your CATCO Account Manager to discuss service options.  You can reach us direct, 24/7, 365 days a year, at 800-642-2826.

 

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COVID-19: PROACTIVE AND REACTIVE SERVICES AVAILABLE

Reprinted from Interstate Restoration Critical Services for Decontamination

Proactive Measures
Protecting your teams in advance is as important as a quick response when a positive case of COVID-19 is determined. Contact us to employ proactive cleaning measures as a first line of defense against the arrival of COVID-19 to your business.                                   

Reactive Measures
When a case of COVID-19 is determined, speed is critical to start effective decontamination. After we receive your call, we will quickly be on site, ready to do a walkthrough and begin set up to start the decontamination process.

Safety First, Always
Here is what you can always expect from Interstate:

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PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS: 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

reprinted from Interstate Restoration

About Coronavirus (COVID-19)            

​ Credit: NIAID-RML ​

The novel Coronavirus (now referred to as COVID-19) has caused thousands of fatalities around the world. It is spread primarily from person-to-person, and evidence exists that a person can get it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly
their eyes. The World Health Organization has reported that a global pandemic is possible, and the number of infected persons could increase exponentially.

With the rapid spread of the Coronavirus throughout the world, you might be wondering what you would

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Got Mold? Who do You Call? Part 2

Last blog, we talked about why you should be concerned about mold, including some of the health effects some people suffer as a result of mold contamination in their homes or businesses. 

When you spot or smell mold growth inside your property, you might investigate it yourself and try to determine the extent of the problem. For most owners, that makes sense as a first response, especially if a very small area is affected. But you may also want someone with experience to inspect the area and help you determine the cause. It will do no good whatsoever to remove mold growth if the problem isn’t rectified. It’ll grow back. And that problem usually points to some sort of moisture problem, whether it’s caused from an overhead leak, from a plumbing issue, from condensation or from groundwater seepage.

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Restoration contractors can investigate mold.

Who is qualified to assist you in an initial inspection? Realize first that the cause will determine if any insurance coverage will help cover the cost. Most mold damage will not be covered by standard property coverage, as it’s more likely determined to be caused by a lack of maintenance. You should contact a contractor who has experience with mold remediation as well as one who has microbial remediation certification from an independent organization. Search for a contractor who is certified by the American Council for Accredited Certification, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) or the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

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Why Worry about Mold? Isn’t it Everywhere? Part 1 of our Mold Series

Yes, mold spores are everywhere. So why do people get so worried when they find it in their homes or businesses? Consider mold like a weed. Weeds are just plants, but they become “weeds” when they grow where they aren’t desired. Even Queen Anne’s Lace is a weed when it takes root in your vegetable garden instead of along the roadside in the country. Mold is much the same.

Mold growth on a wall
Mold growth on a wall

There are many types of mold that inhabit our environment, and they provide very beneficial functions, assisting Mother Nature as she decomposes materials to bring them back to the Earth. But if it appears on the structural wood inside your home, mold becomes more than a nuisance. It can cause problems.

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KennethPMerryman
Nice post.
Thursday, 25 October 2018 18:26
KennethPMerryman
This is an amazing post to read.
Thursday, 25 October 2018 18:29
Guest — Alex Shan
Informative article. Its very important to clean and fight mold before it gets over you...
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Thawing Frozen Pipes and What to do if They Burst

After the bitter cold we’ve suffered in Missouri the past week, many people are discovering frozen pipes in their homes or businesses. Unfortunately, some are discovering them after the pipes burst, and they call CATCO or other local restoration companies for help with the ensuing water damage.
 
But if pipes are frozen and haven’t yet burst, what can you do?
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Pipes burst when frozen water expands
 
You know you don’t have water in one faucet, a section of your home or the whole house.  Use that info to help determine where the pipe might be frozen. Feel the pipes where you suspect the freeze. Of course, they’ll be very cold. This usually first occurs in sections of a building that aren’t well heated or insulated, such as a crawl space, an outer wall or between floors going to an upstairs bathroom. Sometimes the freeze can be right at the meter coming into the building.
 
Once you feel fairly certain where the freeze occurred, make sure you locate any valves to that area. You’ll want to know this before you proceed; if something bursts, you’ll need to act fast to turn off the water. If you have shutoff valves throughout the home, you may be able to just turn off a valve before that frozen bathroom supply line rather than the main supply valve. Some experts advise also shutting off the water supply going to that section first, to prevent the pressure behind the thawing pipe from bursting through.
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Do your “Homework” Before Your Summer Vacation: Protect Your Home from Losses While You’re Away

It’s summertime. Many of us are making packing lists, checking reservations and maintaining vehicles before our trips. Just don’t forget to prep your house before you lock the door and head out of town.  As a disaster restoration company, we’ve seen many homes severely damaged while the occupants were gone.  While we certainly need business, we prefer to help our clients prevent losses or minimize them when we can.  There are lists on the internet that can help you prepare, but here is ours:
Summer Vacation Camping
Camping one of Summer's Possibilities
  1. Hire a House Sitter/Pet Sitter if You Can.  Ask a responsible close friend or relative to stay at your home to effect the best “occupied” look for your home.  If you have the extra funds, you may even be able to hire someone.  That person can take care of your pets and your home, take in mail, newspapers, mow the lawn, move vehicles in and out, and generally make the house look “lived in.”
  2. Create a “Lived In” Look Otherwise. If #1 is not an option for you, do whatever you can to create an occupied look by having a neighbor collect mail and newspapers for you, have someone mow the lawn, set timers at different intervals on lamps and perhaps a radio inside.  You may even ask someone to park a car occasionally in the driveway.  If you have no other options, at least place a vacation hold on your mail and newspaper deliveries.
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Water Damage: Signs You’ve Chosen the Right Crew for Your Restoration

It’s been storming for days, your sump pump quit working, and you had water spreading onto the finished side of your basement. You called someone you found online to help remove the water and dry it out. Now that they are in your home, you’re relieved, yet a little worried.  How do you know you called the right company?
Water Damage
We all feel that little ball of remorse forming inside when we’ve contacted a contractor for any reason, but there are things you can identify as good signs you’ve hired the right restoration firm. Of course, if you haven’t yet made that call, review this list first:
 
  1. How long have they been around?  We all know that most businesses fail within five years of start-up.  If you’re looking for guaranteed work, you may want to be sure the company has been around longer, especially in your locality.  Even a national franchise that opened just within the past couple years may be gone next year.
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Thanks Ramy, we agree. We are locally owned and operated, and we've been an independent company for 35 years.
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