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CINCINNATI, OH – June 11, 2018 – DeanHouston, Inc., a leading full-service, business-to-business, integrated marketing communications firm, will celebrate its 30th anniversary as an agency this year.
Since launching in the summer of 1988, DeanHouston has undergone a significant transformation mirroring that of the rapidly evolving business landscapes in which it operates. With co-founders Dale Dean, Greg Houston and Pam Houston at the helm – and also as the only staff members – their small technical products-focused boutique agency quickly developed into a fully integrated organization that today employs more than 70 talented marketing professionals operating from the company’s offices located in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Chicago and Shanghai.
The company boasts a full range of integrated marketing services, beginning with strategic marketing followed by traditional and digital marketing strategies, brand development, graphic design, web design and development, media and publicity, video production, and 3D animation. DeanHouston is also at the forefront of virtual and augmented reality, which is rapidly being embraced in the technical products service industries.
TORONTO, Ont. - We have turned the corner on harsh winter weather, and spring is here.
Spring is a time of renewal and refreshment as nature comes back to life, giving friends and family the opportunity to spend more time outdoors. As we trade icicles for flowers and snow angels for pool loungers, the warmer weather brings sights and smells that brighten up our day. Smells of lavender, vanilla, citrus and eucalyptus are just a few of the familiar and inviting scents gifted to us by spring.
Even though scents of nature fill the springtime air, some people may have too much on their to-do lists to truly relax and enjoy the outdoors. Armor All is now bringing the natural scents of spring directly into your car. The new Essential Blends air fresheners are infused with essential oil blends of lemon bergamot, eucalyptus mint, pink grapefruit, citrus pomegranate and vanilla lavender, giving you the scents of spring wherever you go.
"The inspiration behind Essential Blends came from looking at the average person's daily to-do list and thinking of how we could make those little in-between moments relaxing," says Megan Currie, Spectrum Brands director of marketing for Armor All. "A lot of people are in their cars for a good portion of their day, whether they are commuting to work or doing errands. We wanted to transform that daily routine into a comforting experience."
Essential oils are known for their refreshing and restorative properties. Helping to relieve headaches, relax the mind or even energize the body, the benefits from essential oils are endless.
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It’s happened. A vehicle has damaged their oil pan and is leaking all over your lot. Someone has overflowed their car in a big way or tipped over a gasoline container. A staff member tripped and dropped a container of oil or antifreeze.
What happens now? Does your staff know what to do? What are the concerns? These types of problems (and more) are common but often may be overlooked as the hazard they are.
Spills such as the above are real dangers to your staff, your customers, your property and the environment. Imagine someone slipping and falling on the remnants of an oil spill either on your lot or in your store. Perhaps someone’s pet not only gets the contaminant on their paws and fur but then licks themselves to clean it leading to real sickness or even death. Can vehicles navigate around the spill or will they end up slipping, sliding or spreading the substance? If you are dealing with a gas spill then the hazards are even more serious. Look to the accident in the middle east recently where someone lighting a cigarette a distance away, caused a huge explosion near a rolled over and leaking fuel truck. Imagine a customer or passers-by not understanding there are gas fumes in the air (perhaps they are on the sidewalk) and lighting up. Not at all what we want.
Training is the first part of spill control and a proper spill kit and supplies are the second. Do you have the right kit for the risks at your business? What chemicals do you have on the site besides oil and gas? Is your kit, supply cupboard/container, sized appropriately for the risk level? Are there appropriate supplies to mitigate damage to the environment? We’ve often seen a business try to deal with a spill with incorrect equipment. For example, if you try to use the wrong socks or pad and it’s raining or near water (like a carwash), the oil will come right off the pad back into the environment. Spend a few dollars more and buy the correct spill pads and socks.
The correct pads or socks will hold the oil no matter if water is present or not. Know what you are buying and what’s in your spill supplies. All too often we see oil/gas/coolant spills just dumped on with kitty litter or some other absorbent material. This is then left to soak up the spill and never touched again.
So what happens to the oil in this situation? First off, the area can still be incredibly slick and remains a risk for your staff and customers. The second thing, so often forgotten, is that the kitty litter will eventually be washed down the storm sewer into the natural water environment, releasing the deadly oil into the water supply or ocean. Besides being against fisheries laws, it’s just not appropriate.
Note: The pads we use at BCHAZMAT Management, once soaked with oil are shipped by us to a facility that is able to release and recycle the oil from the pads and then recycle the pads themselves for another use (they are made of plastic). How great is that for the environment!
Proper training will first show when an employee should deal with a spill or immediately call for emergency help. They’ll know what to do to keep themselves, your customers and people in the area safe. They know what type of equipment to use. For example, if the spill has a chance to make it into a storm drain they can use a catch basin insert or proper storm drain cover. Another tool we use and is great to stock, is a portable spill collection pad or mini-berm. These are basically fold-up drip trays that can easily be deployed in the case of a large vehicle leak and hopefully catch and contain most of the spill before it becomes a real clean-up or safety issue.
For anyone with gas pumps or propane at their facility, the danger of a major leak is that much more real. Often we read about drivers hitting a pump, valves failing on tanks and tanker refueling trucks leaking themselves. In a serious situation such as this, training will provide your staff with the confidence of knowing how to react, how to stay calm and report it to the authorities and take care of the safety of your staff and customers. When do you call in a Hazmat or remediation company and when do you call 911 for the fire department? Whenever you are dealing with flammables the fire department should always be the first call.
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