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its design, seeking to uncover latent process or program weakness within operations and maintenance focus areas before they become causal factors in an accident or incident. Regarding safety training, a lack of continuing education and SMS training for safety managers accounted for many of the recommendations in the area of SMS training. Participation in self-development, and safety conferences and courses is very important for safety managers to initiate and continue increased understanding of safety management concepts and practices. The report includes quantitative and explanatory


breakdowns of the following areas: - Internal evaluation program - Safety management system training - Safety management system manual - Hazard reporting - Risk assessment - Safety committee - General operating manual - Safety policy - Fatigue risk management system To download the report in its entirety, visit http://www. argus.aero/2013AuditResults.aspx.


BIRD-B-GONE TIPS ON HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BIRD CONTROL METHOD


Bird-B-Gone, Inc. off ers the following tips on how to how to determine when and which bird control products are needed. Tip # 1: Identify the Pest Bird. All bird problems are not the same. The fi rst step in determining the bird control


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solution to use is to identify the type of pest bird that is creating a problem. There are products for large birds that aren’t eff ective for small birds, so it’s important to know the type bird you are dealing with. If you treat the area under the wrong assumption, not only will this result in wasted money and man-hours, you will still have the bird problem. Tip # 2: Determine Pest Bird Behavior. It isn’t enough to determine the species of bird; it is also important to know what they are doing. Are they roosting, landing or nesting? Birds landing on a roof are an entirely diff erent problem than birds nesting under eaves. Each situation requires a diff erent approach and possibly diff erent products. Plus one has to take into account the fi rst tip – the type of pest bird. Bird spikes for example would be an appropriate solution for larger birds landing on a roof; however, if the pest birds are small, like sparrows, bird spikes would not be the appropriate solution. Similarly, if birds, no matter their size, are nesting, bird spikes are not the right product. At this point bird netting or another full exclusion product is required to ensure the birds are blocked entirely from the area. Keep in mind there might be several bird species with diff erent behaviors, which will require an integrated bird control solution. Tip # 3: Approximate the Number of Pest Birds in the


Area. Naturally two or three birds is a diff erent concern from a fl ock of 500 birds. While a small group can cause just as much reason for concern as a larger group, the resolution to the problem might vary. Birds create a nasty mess that is not only hazardous to health but it can create huge fi nancial impacts on a business. Birds can carry any of 60 transmittable diseases that can be easily spread to humans. Bird droppings also create slippery surfaces, setting the stage for a slip and fall incident. Their droppings are acidic and can stain and even ruin certain building materials, translating into poor company image. Each year hundreds of thousands of hard earned company dollars are spent cleaning up the mess left behind by birds. The more birds, the more of a problem; it’s best to control them before the situation is out of control.


Using the tips above will help answer questions to


determine the appropriate method of bird control to implement. Having a bird control professional analyze the site is the best way to ensure you employ the right solution. Bird-B-Gone works with Authorized Installers all over the U.S.


For more information, visit www.birdbgone.com or call (800) 392-6915.


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