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What to put in Snow Safety Manuals

Discussion in 'Snow Management Safety & Training' started by BC Handyman, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    For the guys that provide training manuals to employee's, like the title says,
    What do you put in them for safety guidelines?
    I made an employee handbook last year & I'd like to expand on specific safety rules while dealing with operating plows & snowblowers. All I have right now is the silly common cense things like dont plow in hydrants, dont go over X speed, wait till engine is stopped untill clearing chute ect.
    Just would like some idea's of things worth including, I wish I could just say use common cense, but we all know how that would end up:eek:
  2. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Consider joining ASCAP or SIMA. They can provide all kinds of support for these type concerns as well has education is all aspects of snow removal.
  3. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    what the heck is ASCAP? all I found was some music composing site. What do they do? What does it stand for?
  4. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    Sing a long manuals ?
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    My bad you're right ASCAP is the agent all the radio stations and bars pay dues to for the right to play record/CDs?MP3/etc.

  6. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    I looked at asca site & I don't think asca can do much for me, they seem to be American focused & would not be able to offer me the same member benefits as if I was an American contractor.
    Sima I view as a east usa/can thing. Nobody has heard of sima around here & I already have in place or cant access many of the things I think sima has to offer.

    Basher you do have right idea about joining these organizations & expanding industry knowledge, but In my case I dont think that I would benefit enough to justify the costs.

    Back to original queston:

    Should I go so far as to include things like how to safely refill a blower or truck with gas.
    Would a training video be a better idea?
    I just dont want or like to hear "I didnt know" from the workers.
  7. drp

    drp Senior Member
    from ontario
    Messages: 170

    Hands on training before starting would be a good start. Document the training as well.
  8. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    This is true, both parts. This is part of the reason I'm doing this, is to document the training. Only way I can think of documenting hands on training would be if I had a checklist of somesort for the workers to sign off saying they did this, this & that.
  9. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,215

    Absolutely, think of anything that can go wrong, and explain and show the proper way.
    Video is good idea.
    By the way SIMA has a free Snow Safety and Training Kit for all its members.
  10. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    Ahhh Paul, I got to say that is the most convincing statement to join Sima I've heard yet, I've often searched & read things(on this site) about sima & never hear any real benifits of joining sima, just always "use my name, save $, come to the symposium, meet others"
    I mean what could I personally get from sima, I know one thing I'd like to do as a member is to attend a sima show, but due to never being on this side of country I would not attend. I as a small guy in a small city(20,000) I queston what I can really be able to take away & implement, but I'm sure thats a problem with me, I don't know so I cant think about it & until I'm made aware of it I didn't know I didn't know:laughing:
    Knowing a bit about your families history in the industry, I can say that the fact YOU can learn from joining sima does say something.
    Can you tell me about the actual things I can get from sima?(besides possible knowledge) I know you can get things like billing,estimate ect templates, but I dont need things like that. I know how to contact companies, make site plans, so I just worry I won't learn my $ worth since I dont know what they can offer ME.
    I dont want to come off like I know everything, cause I know I dont. I just am weary of the unknown. Feel free to PM me if you prefer, any time YOU take to talk I'll listen:nod:
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2013
  11. Herm Witte

    Herm Witte Senior Member
    Messages: 595

    BC, thanks for keeping us posted on your activities in the Kootenays. Lovely country and I look forward to a return visit. I joined SIMA a number of years ago and have found it helpful from a resource base, an educational standpoint and from a networking base. As Sima moves forward I believe thy are working towards advocacy for its members here and in Canada. I have attended several Symposiums and am always learning. The opportunity to network at the Symposiums is awesome and worthwhile. Names become friends. As far as distance goes, Minneapolis this summer is ( I suspect) fairly reachable. I have met attendees from Western Canada and Alaska at the Symposium. I encourage your attendance and participation in SIMA.