1.) Drug & Alcohol Policies which include pre-screen testing and/or testing if a worker (on the job) is suspected to be influenced by these substances, is becoming a standard practice with our customers. Therefore, in order to comply, we are requesting that each of our employees sign a form which confirms their acknowledgement and acceptance that they could be required to engage in this testing.
2.) We need all of you who have service vehicles and/or job boxes (or job trailers) to select the appropriate form on the Sharepoint site, and complete the Tools & Equipment Checklists. All Checklists need to be completed and submitted by Friday Sept 7, 2012.
3.) The daily safety talks are to be used as an opportunity to discuss job specific safety issues like: changes in the work environment that may affect safety (i.e. other trades, power outages, weather conditions, etc.), safe use of our tools & equipment, care & maintenance of tools and equipment, proper use of fall protection gear, safe ladder use, hot surfaces, sharp objects, airborne debris (i.e. safety glasses/filter masks), aerial work (by us or others working around us), hot work environments (heat stress), snow and ice (slips/falls), housekeeping (a tidy and organized work space is essential for safety and work efficiency)… the list goes on. We need each of you who are responsible for initiating these discussions each day, to take it seriously, and make it meaningful. It is not intended to take any more than 5 minutes (maximum)… but copying and pasting the same few words into the allotted space on the forms each day, is not the intent.
4.) For Comms wiring: All cables must be labeled at both ends following this model Rack#, Patch #, Port# (e.g. 1A18 is Rack#1, Patch A, Port #18… if the Rack# includes another identifier like a floor number, for instance, it needs to be included also e.g. 2-1A18 is Floor#2, Rack#1, Patch A, Port#18). This meets the TIA labeling standard as it creates a generic and unique identifier for each cable which directs you to its source, using the cable termination point. (We never want to label our cables using things like people’s names, office numbers, equipment names, etc., because these things change over time, and render the label useless to people looking for its source in the future… this is not TIA compliant!). Our ComCabling labeling Standard will match that of DSBN (Rack#-Patch Letter-Port#… i.e. 1A01). This will be for NEW rack installations only! (At all existing sites we will have to match the existing labeling scheme in order to maintain consistency). One exception to this rule is DSBN sites that currently use Room# or Room Name (i.e. LIB-18… for Library drop #18). This is not acceptable and in this case, the DSBN has asked us to begin a new patch panel with their “standard” labeling.