Monthly Archives: February 2018

Understanding What It Means for Your School System to Be Accessible for All

As you start planning for the 2018-2019 school year, it may be the perfect time to evaluate how accessible your campus is for all students, especially if the building is older. To help you determine where you can make improvements and suggestions to do so, here are a few tips to help you get started.

Access: Whether your school has outgrown its building, it was built before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or you’re simply in need of a new solution, we can help! All students must be provided the same access whether they have a disability or not, including access to a theater stage and portable buildings. Our TITAN™ Code Compliant Modular Access System is durable and adaptable to fit where you need it.

It’s All in the Details: Sometimes it’s the little things that are overlooked and that’s understandable, but to someone who lives with a disability, the difference between feeling included and being forgotten could be that little, overlooked detail. Here are some tips to remember:

  1. Leave a lower coat or backpack hook for wheelchair users.
  2. Make sure heavy doors have automatic openers and that they properly work.
  3. Classroom furniture should be arranged so that students can easily move throughout the room.

Playgrounds: Students shouldn’t have to be sidelined from playing and interacting with their peers due to their disability. If you’re considering a playground reconstruction, consider using a hard rubber surface so it’s easier to navigate on wheels compared to rocks and woodchips. Design a playground with wide ramps and platforms and possibly a platform swing so that all students can play together and easily access each area of the playground.

For questions about how our team at EZ-ACCESS can help your school become more accessible using our solutions, contact us here.

Thump, Thump, Thump. It’s American Heart Month – Easy Ways to Start Taking Care of Your Heart

With a new year started and it being American Heart Month, is there really a better time to begin working towards the goal of becoming more heart healthy? We don’t think so! If this has been a goal of yours, we’ve got a few tips and tricks to share in order to help you get on the right track during American Heart Month.

Evaluate Your Eating: If you’re consuming high amounts of sugar and saturated fats, you may need to stop and reevaluate your diet. Start by creating a food diary. Track what you eat for one week, and then make refinements from there. Are you indulging in dessert every evening? Do you stop for a carbonated beverage each day before heading into work? Notice vegetables are missing from your diet? Now is a great time to change up your eating habits once you have identified what needs to be taken out and what may need to be added. It may not be easy, but it’ll be worth it.

Get Active: Start with 30 minutes a day. It’s really as simple as taking a walk around your neighborhood or cleaning your home, like vacuuming and dusting. Each week, tack on a few more minutes to your workout routine to help build stamina and get your blood pumping. After a few weeks of consistent movement and working out, you’ll start to notice the effects of being active and heart healthy.

Go to Sleep: Now here’s a tip we can all get behind! Depriving yourself of the recommended six to eight hours of sleep a night can take its toll on your heart. If your body does not receive the proper amount of sleep it needs, your metabolism can slow down, which then effects how you lose weight. If you’re looking to develop better sleep habits, consider doing the following:

  • Cut out caffeine after a certain time of day.
  • Establish a nightly routine.
  • Start exercising.

Visit Your Doctor: While you should be doing this on an annual basis, make an appointment with your doctor for a check-up to ensure great heart health. Your doctor can provide more treatment plans and medication if necessary to help you reach your heart health goals.

We hope you take these tips and apply them to your life. We know changing your lifestyle for the better can be a trying task but with the right support and determination, you can enjoy the new you in 2018!

Source: The American Heart Association

Winter Safety in the Workplace: Three Tips to Ensure Your Worksite Is Safe This Winter

It’s safe to say that a good majority of the U.S. has experienced some chilly weather this season, including the south. If your business goals for 2018 include workplace safety, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to help you better protect yourself and employees as winter continues to hit certain areas with full force.

Work Platforms:  TITAN™ platforms, steps, and ramps can be configured to create a work platform for machinery so that you never have to worry about finding a ladder or accessing machinery in an unsafe manner. This product has been reinforced for added strength, and features an extruded slip-resistant surface to ensure safety.

TITAN platforms and steps can also be constructed to create a safe crossover on a worksite. Tripping hazards can be prevented by directing individuals up and over cords, pipes, equipment, and other obstructions on the floor.

Protecting Your Stairs and Sidewalks: Stairs can be a hazard to some from the start, but throw in a little ice and some snow and now you have a real problem. If you’re looking for overhead protection from the elements in all seasons for users of your FORTRESS® OSHA Stair System, we suggest adding a canopy to the top.

Another tip: Always make sure to have shovels and ice melt on hand to help keep sidewalks and walkways clear of ice and snow. Wearing proper footwear on the worksite can also help provide better traction in slippery conditions.

Be Safe on the Road: When you and your employees are driving from one location to another, it’s important to remember winter road safety. You’ll want to ensure you have jumper cables, reflective triangles, a first aid kit, and an ice scraper on hand for any winter roadblocks you may run into.

We hope winter has been a safe season for you so far and that it continues to be with these tips. If you’re using an EZ-ACCESS access solution in the outdoor elements this winter, be sure to reference our winterizing ramps blog for tips on how to keep your ramp accident-free this season.

To learn more about our access solutions for portable worksite buildings, visit our website here.