Monthly Archives: November 2017

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Show Your Workers You Care About Their Safety This Winter

In the Midwest, it’s never too early to start thinking about winter safety. The upcoming drop in temperatures can cause safety issues for your workers and potential damage to your equipment. Making sure workers are properly equipped and educated in safety precautions to take during cold weather can help reduce accidents and keep your jobsite or facility running smoothly.

Watch out for Cold-Induced Health Issues

Extreme cold is known to cause various illnesses, but did you know workers can still suffer from many cold-related illnesses even at above freezing temperatures? Strong winds and damp environments can cause body temperatures to drop to dangerous levels. Learn more about some of the illnesses to guard your workers against this winter.

Put the Coffee Down

Coffee can make you feel warm, but unfortunately it doesn’t actually warm your body. Because the beverage is hot and the caffeine increases the heart rate, coffee just gives an illusion of warmth, which can cause more harm than good. Encourage your workers to stay hydrated with water or an electrolyte drink as the temperatures start to drop.

Suit Up For the Cold

Safety gear is required when working in hazardous environment, and proper winter gear should be required when working in hazardously cold environments. Staying warm and dry makes a huge difference in your workers’ health.

Here are a few of our featured cold weather products:

Heat PacksWinter Liners

Cold Weather Gloves

Sweatshirts

Limit Exposure to the Cold

Keep your eye on the weather so you can know when the weather starts to get dangerous. When it’s extremely cold, make sure workers can have frequent, short breaks in a warm environment. If possible, schedule work in the warmest part of the day to minimize their exposure outdoors.  You can download a weather app to your smartphone so you have up-to-date forecasts at your fingertips.

Watch Your Step

With winter comes slippery surfaces and an increased potential for trips and falls. Equip your workers with appropriate footwear to keep them upright. French Gerleman has a wide selection of shoes and boots which provide the grip they need, and can keep their feet warm and dry this winter.

Clear off the Snow First

Winter weather can bring a host of new hazards every day, from slippery surfaces to fallen branches. Supervisors should inspect the workplace before work begins to check for any hazards that need to be addressed. Clear snow and ice away before starting the job, and salt large areas of ice as needed. Taking the time to prepare the workplace at the beginning of the day will save you time later.

Don’t Forget Your Vehicles

Vehicles also can suffer damage due to cold, and should be checked to ensure they are working properly before use. Make sure every vehicle is equipped with a winter emergency and first aid kits in case of an accident.

Simple precautions can make all the difference when dealing with cold weather. Remember, our weather can be erratic, so don’t get caught by surprise.  Contact info@frenchgerleman.com or your French Gerleman Account Manager today to learn more!


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French Gerleman’s Upcoming Holiday Hours

The holiday season is upon us and French Gerleman will be closed the following dates:

Thanksgiving

  • Thursday, November 23
  • Friday, November 24

Christmas

  • Monday, December 25
  • Tuesday, December 26

New Year’s Day

  • Friday, December 29
    • St. Louis – closing at Noon
    • Kansas City – closing at Noon
    • Columbia, MO – closing at Noon
    • Washington, MO – Closed all day
    • Springfield, MO – Closed all day
    • Quincy, IL – closing at Noon
  • Monday, January 1- Closed

 

When it comes to production lines and facility downtime, we know every minute counts. As a reminder, after-hours emergency services are available around the clock on holidays and weekends and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. on Monday through Friday.  Access our emergency service team by calling your local branch:

St. Louis:  800-333-3122 or 314-569-3122

Kansas City:  800-707-3122 or 913-894-8844

Columbia, MO:  800-283-3122 or 573-474-4194

Washington, MO:  888-959-9448 or 636-390-4949

Springfield, MO:  855-763-9311 or 417-799-0200

Quincy, IL:  800-234-3122 or 217-223-3122

An automated attendant will answer. Follow the prompts to reach our on-call representative. A service charge may be applied.

We appreciate your business, and wish you a safe and happy holiday season.


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Harness New LED Technologies in Your Facility

On October 19, we hosted an LED Seminar in St. Louis with presentations from Philips, Acuity Brands and Dialight on emerging lighting technologies and how they can improve your workplace. They each focused on different aspects of how upgrading to LED lighting can improve your workplace from improved light output to new connected systems.

State of the Lighting Industry from Philips

LEDs have made a huge impact on the lighting industry as they are extremely efficient, last far longer than traditional lighting and are capable of being dimmed. LEDs can last up to 100,000 hours depending on the type, which equates to about 25 years in an office.

Upgrading to LED lighting has its costs, as any upgrade does, but there are different upgrade strategies you can take:

  • Simply replacing traditional light sources with LEDs, like changing the lamp in a fixture, will save energy and be more sustainable, but does not provide a new look or feel. It is the least expensive and easiest transition to LED lighting.
  • Installing a retrofit kit to replace traditional panel lighting is a cost effective way to help provide a new look and feel to your lighting, in addition to standard LED benefits, without penetrating the ceiling.
  • Completely renovating your lighting solutions can be higher cost, but will provide a new look and functionality
  • Add Enhanced Controls. Adding control systems to your lighting allows you to adjust for natural daylight, whether or not the building is occupied, and lets you dim your lights, which can add 50-65% more energy savings in addition to the savings that simply come from switching your light sources.

Old technology is declining as LED improves. Issues with LED, such as glare, are being fixed, and LEDs can now come with integrated sensors and be connected into controlled lighting.

The Next Step, Lighting Controls from Acuity Brands

Switching out lamps help save energy, but the next step forward in energy reduction is controlled lighting. Connecting an entire building with an information system converged network creates an IoT building. IoT (The Internet of Things) delivers building services through one holistic IP system.

Lighting offers the ideal platform to enable the IoT in buildings:

  • Ubiquity — where there are people, there are lights
  • Continuous power for additional sensors and devices
  • Processing capability for edge computing
  • Energy savings from a lighting retrofit can help fund inclusion of IoT networking and sensors

A smart LED lighting system can provide the IoT framework to unify your lighting devices, building controls, management systems and networks.  New, smart lighting systems can provide enhanced, customer-focused services to maximize performance, reduce operational costs, create better visual environments and increase energy savings while enhancing user experiences.

Energy-efficient LED lighting is being transformed into a smart, connected platform for data-driven applications. As a result, companies can derive more value from their LED systems beyond energy-efficiency and high-quality lighting.  Smart applications can help enhance employee safety and security, improve parking management, leverage location analytics and propel operations to the next level.

Evaluation & Selection of LED Fixtures from Dialight

When choosing LED solutions for your workplace, you have to consider the safety standards your lighting must meet. Different standards apply to different environments, such as industrial verses a hazardous location.

The 2017 NEC NFPA70 Code Book is the standard for all such safety ratings. When it comes to lighting safety in general, heat must be considered – both how much heat the lighting emits and how much it can withstand from the environment.

Why upgrade to LED? Overwhelmingly the top reason is safety, followed by energy reduction, maintenance reduction and the reduction of overall operational costs. LED systems use less energy and last longer require less maintenance, making your workplace safer and more efficient.

Whether you are looking to make your workplace safer, or you are looking for an integrated control system, LEDs are your path ahead. If you have further questions, connect with your French Gerleman Account Manager for more information.


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French Gerleman Launches New Online Ordering Website & Mobile App

We understand getting the products and information you need for a project or job should be fast, easy and convenient. That’s why we designed our new website and mobile app around the specific business requirements of today’s busy industry professionals. Our enhanced e-Commerce platform offers instant access to more than $24 million of in-stock products, images and specification information.

Save time and consolidate your purchase orders with French Gerleman. You’ll have instant access to more than 40 product categories including the latest products and technologies in Automation, Electrical Supply, Datacom, Power Transmission and Safety. Plus, we’ll keep you updated on relevant training options, upcoming events and new products that help streamline your business and make you more profitable.

The new frenchgerleman.com focuses on three core customer requirements – speed, convenience and increased mobility.

Speed

We offer several online options designed to quickly get you to the information you need:

  • Predictive Search – Available options displayed as you type in product numbers.
  • Product Attributes – Quickly narrow and refine your product search results by specific attributes.
  • Price and Availability – Instant access to account pricing and real-time inventory levels
  • Customer Part Numbers (CPN) – Search for products by your unique part number.
  • Product Groups – Create lists of products you order most often.
  • Quick Order Pad – Enter part numbers freeform and add to cart.
  • e-Quote – Review and approve quote online and place order online.
  • Punchout – Access and integrate frenchgerleman.com through your procurement platform.

Convenience

We’ve included a variety of online features designed to make your online experience convenient and simple:

  • Locations, Maps & Phone Numbers – Instant access to important branch information.
  • 24-Hour Emergency Service – Available after hours, weekends and holidays.
  • Events & Training – List of upcoming activities and online registration.
  • Manufacturer Search – View available products by manufacturer.
  • Credit Card Payment – Convenient credit card payment and procurement options.
  • Order History – View all orders placed on or offline. Multiple search options available.
  • Order Confirmations – Receive an e-mail confirmation confirming all your order details.
  • Shipment Tracking – Access a tracking number for all UPS and FedEx shipments.
  • Delivery Notifications – Know when you order has arrived at the jobsite or for a pending project.
  • Request Quote – Looking for something unique? Submit an online quote request.
  • Return Request – Have a need to return product? Start the process with an online request.
  • Account Dashboard – Manage all your account options through a convenient dashboard.
  • My Saved Cart – Save your cart(s) and place your order(s) at a later time or date.
  • Blog – Get current news about services, events, trends and new products.

Mobility

Whether you’re in a warehouse, on a job site, or just need to place an order after normal business hours, French Gerleman offers online options that meet your growing expectations for increased mobility:

  • Responsive Design – Website is configured to adapt to multiple platforms and devices ensuring a user-friendly experience.
  • Phone App (Android & iPhone) – Access important account information from your phone, scan bar codes and add products to your shopping cart, forward product photos and information for quote requests.

To get started, visit frenchgerleman.com/register. If you’re a current customer, we’ll match your online registration request with your active account information. Allow 24 hours for account set-up and e-mail confirmation. If you’re new to French Gerleman, you can order via credit card or submit an online credit application to be considered for open account terms.


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Workplace Safety Starts with First Aid

Category : FG News

First aid is crucial—especially in the workplace. It’s important to make sure you have the correct supplies stocked to comply with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards and keep your employees safe. The ANSI 2015 standards for first aid went into effect summer of 2016, updating minimum performance requirements.

First aid kits should be checked regularly to make sure they are fully stocked, but now “fully-stocked” levels may have changed. Reviewing the ANSI 2015 standards gives a good baseline of what you’ll need, but since every workplace is different, appropriate content may be supplemented to fit its needs.

French Gerleman, in partnership with First Aid Only, has a vendor managed inventory (VMI) program which we can regularly inspect and replenish your first aid kits, based on each workplace’s individual needs, while meeting ANSI standards.


First Aid Only has released an overview of the new ANSI standards, listing what is now required for first aid kits in the workplace. Items include:

  • Adhesive Bandages and Tape
  • Antiseptics
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Breathing Barriers
  • Burn Treatments
  • Cold Packs
  • Eye Coverings
  • Eye Wash
  • First Aid Guides
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Pair Exam Gloves
  • Roller Bandages
  • Scissors
  • Sterile Pads
  • Trauma Pads
  • Triangular Bandages

These components are required in varying sizes and amounts depending on whether your workplace requires a Class A or B kit. In fact, there are four types of kits, some of which are meant to be portable vs stationary, and their level of durability. First aid supplies are organized by color in unionized kits.

Deciding which type, class and quantity of kits are best for your workplace is important, and many different factors should be considered including the potential risks and number of employees. If you have questions or are interested in our First Aid VMI program, contact your local French Gerleman account manager or e-mail info@frenchgerleman.com.