Each season provides unique hazards and safety risks to workers and facilities alike. Previously we discussed the extreme risks tied to heat stress and its affect on worker productivity, but as the colder weather blows in so do new and unexpected risks, hazards, and necessary precautions.
Now that we are in the thick of hurricane season, June 1st running through November 30th, we are starting to see the damaging affects of severe storms and tropical weather at facilities across the country. How prepared is your facility? Did you consider your facility roof when scheduling preventative maintenance for 2017?
All day the workers in your facility are on your floor, working on it, stepping on it, running machines on it, storing equipment and inventory on it, possibly driving necessary vehicles across it. With all of this heavy use, it can be easy to overlook, and dangerous to ignore, necessary precautions.
When it comes to purchasing MRO for your facility, inadequate or inaccurate data can create spend chaos plagued by stock-outs and over-purchasing. Managing MRO inventory is critical to identify waste and recognize cost reductions as 70% of MRO spend is committed to MRO inventory.
When you take good care of your roof, you are making an investment in your building. Roof leaks can lead to structural damage and can harm the products and materials inside your facility. While some damage is visible at the roof surface, the untrained eye will miss larger, more costly issues to repair, such as hail damage or moisture in the insulation layers.
On average, there are more heat related fatalities per year in the United States than any other weather event. There are even more heat-related illnesses. According to the National Weather Service, heat accounts for 130 victims per year, the only weather event to reach a triple digit 30-year average.
$500 billion is spent annually on MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) in the U.S, making MRO a target category for procurement to manage. Approximately 30% of MRO spend is on non-inventory industrial purchases; the other 70% is committed to MRO inventory.
Matt Narens is a Category Development Manager within the Facilities Vertical at Corporate United and was recently named a 2017 Pro to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive.
As a category manager, it’s my job to look for new ways to help CU members save money, and provide insight about making their indirect spend categories a little more manageable.