No Smoking and No Firearms: Why These Signs are Crucial at the Workplace

November 23, 2016
If you want to make your commercial property safe and clean, and you worry about hazards like smoking and firearms there are some things to do to make sure that neither become a problem on the property. Workplace safety has to be one of your main concerns at all times as a manager or property owner. With the right signs in sight, you can make people legally responsible if they break the rules and regulations that you establish for the property. Here are a couple of things to consider banning.
No Smoking
Smoking around the outside of the property can cause both discomfort for the employees that don’t smoke, and a mess around the commercial property. If people don’t put their cigarettes in the trash after they are done smoking, they end up on your sidewalks and in the parking lot. If the cigarettes aren’t completely out and done burning, the trash could end up on fire.
You don’t want your staff or customers to walk through people smoking around the doors, so put up a no smoking sign to prevent future issues. You also don’t want people to have lighters or matches inside the building. If they can’t smoke, it should minimize the likelihood that they are carrying something to light a cigarette. Also, being around second hand smoke is unhealthy for everyone. You also want to eliminate how often your employees smoke, so they aren’t jeopardizing their own health and costing you more with health insurance costs, or wasting work time to take smoke breaks.
No Firearms
Even if someone has a concealed carriers permit, you can restrict carrying and the use of firearms inside your building. Put at sign at the entrance of the parking lot, and also before walking into the building to state that firearms aren’t allowed on the premises. This allows the people that fear guns, or that don’t feel comfortable not know who is carrying and who isn’t, to feel comfortable on your property. You may even want the weapons banned from the parking lot as well.
To keep your staff safe, eliminating cigarettes and guns is a great effort to make. The signs can be made for interior and exterior use, and they can be ordered with custom features to have your business logo, colors and more. This way the signs relay a direct message from the owners and the administration of the company, and so they are taken seriously. For more resources, the ICC Compliance Center website may provide you with additional information.

Home Health Care: What to Look For

November 19, 2016

As more elders choose home health care over a nursing facility as they age and begin to require supervision, family members strive to hire the most qualified caregivers for their loved ones. It can be difficult finding a qualified person for this important job. The following criteria may be helpful when looking for a senior care provider.


Working with a health care agency helps to reduce the stress and effort needed to find a professional elderly caregiver. Although many families do not need to hire someone as qualified as a registered nurse, they want someone who has a home health care certification or diploma that indicates professional education and training. Agencies recruit and screen employees for this purpose, as well as often bonding and insuring their employees.


Hiring someone with experience means that the home health care provider understands the needs of elderly patients and has successfully worked in this type of position already. It is reassuring not to have to explain everything about an elderly loved one’s care and daily needs when hiring a person who knows what to do.


Obtaining employee references is helpful in determining a prospective caregiver’s competence and capabilities. It is always a good idea to contact the references with prepared questions that will help to evaluate the caregiver’s reputation and experience.

Public records.

Searching online for the employment agency or the name of the prospective caregiver may reveal interesting facts. For example, an agency like the Better Business Bureau might report complaints that have been addressed, or not. Civil criminal records are usually available to the public when searching under the appropriate municipal court dockets. Social media browsing often turns up evaluation sites for medical or health-related organizations, and Facebook may reveal personal posts, praise, or complaints about the agency or employee.


Assessing the skill of a hired caregiver can be handled in many ways. The home health care agency has presumably completed a background check on each employee, as well as checked references. Education and certifications, licenses, or diplomas should also be verified. Previous employers should be contacted to confirm employment dates and duties related to senior care. Family members should also interview a prospective caregiver to get a sense of the person’s fit for this particular position. Personality traits such as compassion and empathy may be desirable, along with punctuality, responsibility, and accountability.

Bringing a stranger into the home of an elderly person to provide daily care and monitoring can be challenging. The caregiver should be honest and trustworthy, fully able to perform the duties being assigned. Take precautions when hiring a caregiver for your loved one for the best possible outcome.