Construction companies can create a lot of waste with a project. Demolishing a house can cause a large pile of rubble to pile up which will need to be extracted and deposited into a landfill. By reducing waste, you reduce your business’s environmental footprint and decrease certain costs. Here are 8 ways you can reduce waste on your construction site.
Plan Work Ahead
One of the biggest things you can do is to plan your work ahead. If you do your planning carefully, you can order only what you need and no more. You can plan on using recycling bins and plan strategic locations of where to put those bins on site. Planning ahead also lets you choose your vendor. You want to choose a vendor who aligns with your goals as a company, preferably one who uses recyclable materials. By doing so, you can reduce the amount of waste your construction company produces on site.
Recycle What You Can
Not everything needs to go to the landfill. Are there good bricks from the house exterior that can be reused in another project? Many materials work well in other projects. Bricks and other masonry can be broken down for roads. Concrete is also able to be recycled. You may think that everything should be demolished when you do a project, but it’s important to try and recycle as much as you can to decrease the amount of waste your project produces and to decrease the amount of waste in the landfills. You can place recycling bins on site and train your workers to prioritize recycling materials. Obviously, not everything will be able to be recycled, but you want to be able to recycle as much as you can.
Use Disposal Equipment
Speaking of recycling bins, you want to make sure that you have disposal equipment readily available on site. This can include a number of dumpsters, recycling bins and the like. These bins give you a place to store the material that you are collecting from the project. When choosing a dumpster, you have many options. One such option is the bottom dump hoppers. Bottom dump hoppers fit inside small workspaces and can create a safer working environment. Disposal equipment gives you a place to put the recyclable and waste materials so that they don’t become hazards to your workers.
Thinking green will also help you reduce the amount of waste that you produce from your construction project. It’s important to recycle, but thinking green is so much more than that. You want the buildings you build to be energy efficient, meaning that the lighting and the windows need to reduce the cost of energy. You want the buildings to create less of an environmental impact, reducing the amount of water and light needed to maintain them. Plus, by going green, you and your construction company save money. Going green is the modern way of construction, and it does much more than just saving you waste—it saves you energy as well as money.
Reduce Mistakes on Site
In addition to thinking green, recycling, and planning ahead, you want to reduce mistakes on site. Mistakes are costly and time consuming to fix and can make much more unnecessary waste, which is why they should be avoided at all costs. Some mistakes will happen, due to human error, but it is your responsibility to your company to reduce them. It should be a top priority. To reduce mistakes, you may need to do more thorough and frequent training of your employees. It may mean that you measure everything one more time, just to be sure. But by necessity, reducing mistakes requires you and your team to have good, clear communication established. Without good and clear communication, mistakes are much more likely to occur.
Deconstruction of Buildings
Another way to reduce waste is to deconstruct buildings instead of demolishing them. When you demolish a building, you reduce walls, masonry, carpentry and other items to rubble. All of those pieces will then need to go to a landfill because they’re too small to be reused. Deconstruction allows you to recycle more materials by taking the building apart piece by piece. These pieces can be salvageable and your construction company can even earn a profit from it, which is another one of the benefits of deconstruction. It’s more time consuming and costly, but it is better for the environment as it reduces waste.
Try New Building Materials
Another way to reduce waste is to use new building materials that are recyclable and energy efficient. This can include recycled steel, which has already been recycled and which can further be repurposed; bamboo, which grows back quickly; and plant-based polyurethane rigid foam, which is used in insulation. These new materials can be more costly than regular materials, but they are better for the environment and they will reduce the waste from your project. It is in your best interests to look at other options of building materials.
Store Materials Properly
Another way to reduce waste on your construction site is to store your building materials properly. To store materials correctly, you want them out of the reach of the elements that could cause them to break and deteriorate and cause you to replace them, creating more waste. Storing materials correctly involves using protective waterproof tarps, stacking the materials correctly (this also prevents them from forming a tripping hazard on the site) and keeping certain materials out of the sun (such as plastics and any fabrics you may be using for building material). Storing materials properly should be part of your company’s procedure to keep the site organized and reduce the amount of waste your project produces.
Waste management is an important part of construction. While there will always be some amount of waste with every construction project, you want to do your best to minimize the amount of waste in order to save costs and reduce your company’s impact on the environment.
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An employer's top responsibility is to create a workplace that is as safe as possible. This article examines what companies should do to minimize the chances of a workplace accident.
Companies that don't make employee safety a top priority may have a hard time attracting or keeping quality employees. They may also struggle to find customers who are willing to put up with their inability to take safety seriously. Let's take a look at what companies should know about minimizing the chances of a workplace accident.
Create a Culture of Safety
It is critical that everyone within your organization understands the importance ofminimizing accidents in the workplace. Everyone from the owner to the person who takes out the trash should look for hazards and try to mitigate them. Ideally, management will make themselves available to employees who want to offer suggestions or report hazards. Managers and ownership should also make sure that they take accident reports seriously and that they don't retaliate against those who report an accident. While employers are not required to hold an injured worker's job while he or she recovers, it can be a good idea to do so as it shows loyalty to a quality employee.
Who Makes the Rules?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is one of the key federal workplace safety enforcement groups. Many businesses focus heavily on being OSHA compliant and failing to do so could result in heavy fines and other penalties. In some cases, companies could be forced to close until they have fixed any issues that OSHA inspectors find. States may have their own version of this agency, and these state agencies typically enforce rules that are similar to those set at the federal level.
Learn From Your Mistakes
Employers are encouraged tolearn from their mistakes as doing so can minimize the chances of an accident happening again in the future. For instance, if an employee slips on a wet floor, it may be a good idea to purchase shoes with specialized soles. It may also be a good idea to review policies related to machine guarding or any other relevant policy after an accident occurs. Ideally, your company will opt to improve those policies or offer employees more training to help them understand their responsibilities in a given situation.
An employer's top responsibility is to create a workplace that is as safe as possible. Even if OSHA or other regulatory agencies didn't exist, there are many benefits to creating a safe workplace. A key benefit is a happy workforce that is loyal to its employer and more productive overall.
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Toxic employees drag everyone down with them. Bad attitudes and inappropriate conduct make other employees feel uncomfortable. Managers find themselves constantly distracted dealing with disasters these troubling hires cause. Firing them may put an end to current miseries, but the effects of toxic employees can linger long after they are shown the door. The best way to deal with toxic employees is not to hire them in the first place. Here are three ways to avoid making a regrettable hiring decision.
Look at Employment History
Horrible employees likely have a long and dubious track record of poor performance. Look closely at an applicant's prior employment history for any red flags. Was the person locked into low-level work for years without any promotions? Did he/she jump from job to job frequently? According to Palmer Group, this can show that an employee could have a behavior issue. Probe these areas of concern, and see what the full story is. Taking the employee's word for everything might not be enough, though. Contact references and past employers to confirm any explanations. Remember, the past may be a good indicator of the employee's future.
Put Them Through an Attitude Test
Not every human resource department relies on an attitude test when screening would-be employees, but their inclusion could be helpful. According to The Hire Talent, attitude tests look for signs of toxic traits like blame, dishonesty, unsupportiveness, criticism, and negativity. Once these traits reveal themselves, a personnel manager can make a more informed decision. Hire someone to train HR in effectively administering an attitude test if no current managers possess the skill. In an office environment, teamwork can be crucial for success. If an attitude test reveals someone is argumentative or hostile, then he/she may not be the right match for the team. Look over the results of the test carefully when weighing different hiring choices. Anyone with toxic traits is not likely a good fit.
Screen Social Media Feeds
According to Law Depot, approximately 70 percent of employers screen a candidate’s social media when making hiring decisions. People reveal a lot about themselves on social media. Sadly, many show shockingly negative personality traits. Inappropriate or adversarial behavior on social media may spread to the workplace. Don't ignore how someone acts online; he or she probably acts that way everywhere. An employee becomes the face of a company to others. When that person acts outrageously on social media, he or she may drag the company into an embarrassing position. A business might even need to hire a PR firm to dig it out of an employee's social-media-created hole.
Toxic employees create havoc wherever they go. Make sure you are confident you aren't hiring one the next time a position opens. By following these tips, you can be less likely to hire an employee that will cause you problems.
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