Author Archives: Matthew Booker

About Matthew Booker

Matthew has 8 years of experience in the insurance industry, and began working for Society Insurance in April 2014 as a Risk Control Representative covering northern Indiana. Matthew obtained a bachelor's degree from Indiana University and is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Smoking Controls to Reduce the Risk of Cigarette Fires

This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series Fire Prevention

In recent years, there have been an increased number of states that have enacted laws for prohibiting or restricting smoking at worksites, restaurants and bars.  Before 2004, there were only two states with complete smoking bans at worksites, restaurants and bars. With these restrictions in place, proper disposal of spent smoking materials, the correct location of designated smoking areas and effective housekeeping controls become very important because it limits ignition sources and reduces the ability of a fire to spread.

Regardless of whether or not your establishment allows smoking, the following measures should be taken to decrease the likelihood of a fire and/or in the event of a fire, reduce the possibility of it spreading. (more…)

Wet Floor Signs: Tips & Regulations

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls

Wet floor signs are used to notify and/or remind people of slip and fall hazards in the immediate area.  These hazards include the presence of liquid or other slippery substance on the walking surface as a result of routine cleaning, accidental spills, product leaks, or presence of inclement weather conditions. Proper use of wet floor signs clearly communicates the hazard, and reduces the potential for slips and falls.

Careful consideration of the following five issues can increase the effectiveness of wet floor signage: (more…)