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ASA Task Group Works to Develop National Certifi cation Program for Branch Managers Association-sponsored professional certifi cation programs have become increasingly popular during the last few years. These programs serve a multitude of purposes for a host of stakeholders. They help employers judge the skills of existing or potential employees, as well as enabling employees to differentiate themselves from others in order to advance their professional careers. Many wholesalers believe that it is a logical leadership role of the American Supply Association to develop, implement, and oversee a national certifi cation program that will serve the longterm needs of the PHCP and PVF industry, and provide an independent assessment of the knowledge and skills required to effectively run a wholesaler branch. Branch managers are the heart of distributorships, with many wholesalers looking to enhance their own operations by developing some type of certifi cation program on their own. One of the American Supply Association’s long-range goals is to develop a national certifi cation program for branch managers for PHCP and PVF wholesalers. In pursuit of that goal, ASA convened a task group which began work to develop a national certifi cation program for branch managers. During a meeting held in conjunction with the ASA Education Foundation Trustees meeting in November, the Certifi cation Task Group identifi ed seven knowledge domains in which each program participant will need to demonstrate a strong competency in order to become certifi ed. Each knowledge domain will consist of core curriculum educational requirements that must be completed, in addition to elective requirements. The seven knowledge domains are: Product Knowledge, Operations Management, Leadership Development, Branch Financial Fundamentals, Sales Management, Safety & Health, and Human Resources. After all core and elective requirements have been met, the program “Three years ago I was disinterested in the direction ASA was headed. I wondered why I was ‘donating’ my annual fee to the association and had thought about leaving. Then I attended the Legislative Fly-In with my mentor, the current head of the MwDA, Stan Dreyfuss from SG Supply. It completely changed my attitude toward ASA,” shares Dennis Goode, CEO of M. Cooper Supply and the new chairman of ASA’s Government & Public Affairs Committee. “I have a renewed appreciation for the direction the current leadership is taking ASA. I am sure that there are other members that have been dissatisfi ed over the lukewarm presence shown by ASA in addressing keys issues in or out of the political arena in the past. I can assure you that time is over; it is the dawn of a new day for ASA.” Goode has been actively involved in ASA’s efforts to address the issue of copper theft and support legislation that will address this major issue. In July 2008, Goode traveled to Washington, D.C., and testifi ed before a committee investigating metals theft and its impact on U.S. businesses. His experience led to him being actively involved in creating the Dennis Goode Named Chairman of ASA Government Affairs Committee CEO of M. Cooper Supply Company sees “New Day” for ASA Advocacy “I have a renewed appreciation for the direction the current leadership is taking ASA” Copper Theft Prevention Act of 2008. In July 2009, Goode returned to D.C. and attended a congressional hearing where further testimony was given with the sponsors of the Senate bill, The Secondary Metals Theft Prevention Act of 2009, Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Orrin Hatch of Utah. “The experience that Dennis has had in speaking on behalf of ASA for legislation that is important to our industry, combined with his passion for promoting ASA’s legislative agenda, made him an excellent fi t for the responsibilities that come with being chairman of this very active committee,” said Mike Adelizzi, ASA’s participant will be eligible to sit for a national certifi cation exam. Certifi cation will strengthen a wholesaler’s business by elevating professional standards, enhancing individual performance, identifying individuals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice, enhancing the stature of the profession, and heightening a fi rm’s credibility within the industry. For more information, please contact Mike Adelizzi at 312.464.0090 ext. 201 or email@example.com. Executive vice president. “We are fortunate to have someone with his qualifi cations following in the footsteps of Don Robertson, who came into this committee and really rewrote the playbook on how ASA was going to address government affairs going forward.” Goode agrees. “With the tremendous job that my predecessor Don Robertson has done to create a solid foundation for the Government Affairs Committee, it was an easy decision to accept the nomination to become the chairperson. I have been actively involved in creating copper theft legislation and plan to do more in addressing major issues that affect the success of supply houses in our distribution family. I am excited to be a part of the Political Action Committee process in promoting ASA’s very ambitious legislative agenda, which will position ASA in being recognized as a new leader to get our collective voices heard, and initiate changes in the direction of our political involvement.” ASA Education Foundation Launches Essentials of Profi table Warehouse Operations© Regional Seminars Following the precedent of other programs in its Essentials brand of distribution profi tability courses, the ASA Education Foundation and Jason Bader of The Distribution Team have teamed up to offer The Essentials of Warehouse Operations© certifi cate courses in a series of regional seminars in 2010. “The Essentials of Profi table Warehouse Operations© may just be our most important Essentials course to date,” said Foundation executive director Amy Black. “The bottom line for every distributor is operational excellence, no mistakes and getting the customer what they need when they need it. This course was developed to help the distributor’s team achieve that very goal.” Taking the lead in introducing this fourth in the Essential brand of courses will be Jason Bader, managing partner of The Distribution Team. Jason is well-recognized as a consummate professional in providing excellence in inventory management training, business operations consulting and technology utilization to the wholesale distribution industry. Jason brings over 20 years of experience in a variety of operational teams. He has managed small and large facilities, and served in an executive management capacity for the last 10 years of his distribution career. The Essentials of Profi table Warehouse Operations© includes nine chapters on warehouse operations, inventory control, safety, security and other critical areas. It includes text materials, quizzes, the right to take an online fi nal exam and a certifi cate of completion. A leader’s guide and in-house seminars are available to distributors who want to bring the Essentials program in-house. The Foundation will launch the fi rst workshop in collaboration with the North Central Wholesaler’s Association (NCWA) at the Findlay Inn and Conference Center in Findlay, Ohio on March 25th, 2010. “We are delighted and honored to be the fi rst to make this course available to the distributors and manufacturers in theNorth Central region,” said Dan Schlosser, Executive Vice President of the NCWA. Registration including a descriptive fl yer is available from Dan Schlosser at Dan310@earthlink.net, www.asa4.net, (513) 895-0695 or on the Industry Calendar at www.asa.net. Path to Safety – Step Seven Material Handling Using Mechanical Assistance The sixth and seventh steps on the path to safety lead us to the crucial topic of material handling. Last month we discussed strategies for safe manual material handling. This month we will focus on the use of mechanical assistance in material handling as well as other strategies to consider to reduce injuries. Material handling equipment is used for the movement and storage of material within a facility or site. It falls into four categories: transport, positioning, unit load formation and storage. When transporting material from one location to another, mechanical devices such as conveyors, cranes and industrial trucks can be used. Conveyors move materials over a fi xed path. Commonly used conveyors are roller tables which allow the material to be pushed along its length rather than lifted and carried or a fl at belt conveyor which moves the product along mechanically. Other specialized conveyors exist to meet manufacturing needs. Cranes are used to move materials over horizontal and vertical variable paths within a restricted area. They are able to handle varied loads with respect to their shape and weight. Commonly used cranes include jib cranes which can be mounted on delivery vehicles and used to unload heavy materials at a delivery site. Bridge and gantry cranes are used especially to move pipe within a distribution center. Industrial trucks are used to move materials or employees over variable paths, with no restrictions on the area covered by the movement. This category includes such commonly used items as hand trucks, pallet jacks, lift trucks, and order pickers. It is important to note that even a device as simple as a hand truck has many variations. Care must be taken to identify the specifi cations of the item to be moved and the best hand truck model to perform the task. For example, if 55 gallon drums are to be transported, choose a hand truck designed specifi cally to handle drums. If water heaters and boilers need to be taken up and down stairs, choose a mechanized hand truck that can “walk” them up or down the stairs. Positioning equipment is used to handle material at a single location so that it is in the correct position for subsequent handling, machining, transport, or storage. Use of this equipment will raise the productivity of each worker when the frequency of handling is high, improve product quality, limit damage to materials, and reduce fatigue and injuries. Commonly used equipment in this category includes dock levElers and lift/tilt/turn tables. Dock levelers are used at loading docks to compensate for height differences between a truck bed and the dock. Lift/tilt/turn tables are used when positioning involves the lifting, tilting, or turning of a load. Pallet load levelers are lift and turn tables used in manual palletizing to reduce the amount of bending and stooping involved with manually loading or unloading a pallet. It combines a lifting and turning mechanism with a device that raises or lowers the table as each layer is completed so that loading always takes place at the optimal height of 30 inches. It turns the pallet so items located in the back can be easily reached after the pallet is turned. If such tables are not economically feasible, the pallet to be loaded can be placed on a pallet jack that is manually raised or lowered to the desired height. If necessary, empty pallets can be placed under the pallet to be loaded to further elevate it Unit load formation equipment is used to restrict materials so that they maintain their integrity when handled as a single load during transport or storage. This category includes pallets, skids, totes, bags, boxes, strapping, shrink wrap, bins/baskets/racks, cartons and palletizers. Palletizers are automatic wrapping machines where the pallet sits on a turn table and the shrink wrap is applied by the machine. If shrink wrap has to be manually applied, use the lightest roll possible and apply using a handle to prevent cuts to the fi ngers. Raise the pallet up on empty pallets to avoid the bending and twisting that is required to apply shrink wrap to a pallet sitting on the fl oor. Storage equipment to hold product is found in all of our workplaces in the form of racking, shelves, and bins. Racking presents several ergonomic challenges that are worth mentioning. It is common to use multitier racking with material placed on the fl oor underneath the lowest tier. The material may or may not Be on a pallet. Placement of material in such a position requires employees to assume the high risk posture of bending at the waist, leaning forward and reaching under the rack to access and lift product. Strategies to minimize the risk of injuries include: (1) make the bin slot taller to allow more upright access to the material; (2) use a load leveler palletizer with turn table so the load is at an ideal height of 31 inches and product is within an easy 24-inch reach; (3) elevate the load on empty pallets if the top of the load is not higher than mid-chest height; (4) have a regular rotation schedule so the pallets are turned using a pallet jack or forklift To ensure materials remain within easy reach; (5) instead of using the fl oor, install the lowest tier of racking 12-15 inches off the fl oor; (6) provide a minimum width of 16 inches between pallets so employees can move around the pallet to more easily access the material on it. Material handling is a fact of life in the workplace. Developing and implementing a compliant material handling program will lead your company on the path to an effective safety program and positively impact your productivity, the health and well-being of your employees, and a better bottom line
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