Knife Safety


Provided below are some additional knife safety tips to consider:

  • Point the blade away from yourself when cutting. Make sure no body parts are in the cutting path. Also, be certain that other people are at a safe distance before cutting.
  • When not in use, see that you store your knife or cutter in a safe location. Make sure the blade is safely stored away.
  • Knives with retractable blades should have the blade retracted immediately after use. Self retracting safety knives do this automatically, thereby protecting you and others without extra effort.
  • Utility knives, box cutters or any safety knives or cutters should be discarded or repaired if not working properly. The safety features of knives and cutters should not be circumvented or removed. Knives with damaged safety mechanisms should be discarded.
  • Utility knives work best when they're sharp. They are easier to operate and safer to use when sharp.
  • Dispose of dull or rusty blades in a blade disposal container. Never discard loose blades in the garbage or leave them where they can injure an unsuspecting person.
  • Use knives and cutters for their intended purpose. Using your knife in a way in which they were not designed or on the wrong materials can damage the blade and cause injury to yourself or others.
  • Use knives and cutters for their intended purpose. Using your knife in a way in which they were not designed or on the wrong materials can damage the blade and cause injury to yourself or others.
  • If a knife is falling, even a safety knife, you risk injury by trying to stop it with your hand or foot. Let the knife fall to the ground rather than trying to grab it as it falls.
  • Do not toss a knife to someone. It is also recommended that you do not hand a knife directly to someone. Set down the knife and let the other person pick it up.

Drink Water-Stay Hydrated


Water seems so ordinary that we may forget how vital it is. 

Use the 8x8 rule – Consume eight 8-ounce glasses or 64 ounces of water a day as a rule of thumb.

It stands to reason that working in hot and humid environments can increase the rate our body uses and loses water. So when the temperature or your activity level rises, increase your overall fluid intake accordingly. On hot days and during periods of extended activity, our body also loses certain minerals through metabolism and sweat. Alternating between water and electrolyte replacement/sports drinks during the day can help maintain good hydration.

But when that’s not enough, you should be aware of dehydration indicators that merit immediate attention such as Excessive weakness or fatigue (you feel more weak or tired than you should), Lightheadedness or dizziness, Cramping, Pale or flushed skin, Chills (you may feel cold even though it is hot outside), Nausea, or Incoherence (you feel “out-of-it”)

If you experience any of these symptoms when you are working, get out of the heat and report immediately to your supervisor. And don’t forget to look out for your co-workers.

Beat the Heat


It gets so hot even the lobsters buy fans here in New England. Temperatures everywhere in the east are constantly soaring and relief isn't often in sight for the weeks.

We work outdoors at Collegiate Entrepreneurs, so when summer temperatures arrive, it should automatically signal employees to think heat safety.

Prevention Steps

  • Drink plenty of water even if you're not thirsty.  Avoid high-sugar drinks.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Keep a spray bottle filled with cold water on you.  If you fill it the night before and freeze it, it will melt gradually throughout the day.
  • Take regular breaks in a cool place out of the sun.

Eager to learn about safety

One of Collegiate Entrepreneurs 2012 students called me with a ton of questions on safety and compliance.  He is starting production and wanted to make sure all of his rules were in order for his workers.  We spent about 20 minutes together on the phone and covered so much material.  I was proud of him for caring so much about his business and wanting to insure he was compliant.  He thanked me at the end of the call and told me how much I had helped him to better understand all of the things he has learned at trainings.  Nice work Ben Brown on Team Flint, it was my pleasure to speak to you!

Hearing from Alumni Students

Eric and I received an email from one of our Executive level students from 2010.  He was scheduled for a very important job interview last Thursday with a large financial company.  He emailed Eric and I for assistance in the process and asked for our help in how to present his portfolio outlining his journey while working at Collegiate Entrepreneurs.  He was very successful in our program.  We assisted him and putting together a financial presentation on the business that he ran at Collegiate Entrepreneurs and also helped him to provide the person interviewing him with the pertinent details of his position here.  He called us Thursday afternoon with so much pride and gratitude to tell us how well it went.  What a flattering feeling to know that his experience with us meant so much to him...Love it!

Meet Kurt Eddins-Executive Manager


This is Kurt Eddins.  Kurt is an Executive level manager here at Collegiate Entreprenurs.  Kurt graduated 2 weeks ago from UNH with his major in Economics.  His goal at Collegiate Entreprenurs for 2012 is to run a $ 500,000 business!  What a great goal!  If anyone can do it, we all know it is Kurt!  Not too shabby for a college kid....

Working with Lead Paint: from Collegiate Entrepreneurs

WET sanding is the only method allowed when working with potential Lead Paint. Never power wash lead paint or dry sand and dry scrape lead paint. Only a certified Sander/Scraper of Collegiate Entrepreneurs Inc. may perform the WET sanding and scraping. You must wear a respirator, safety goggles, and a full suit with hat, booties and gloves.

When finished, remove all contaminated clothing and equipment. Use proper disposal. Wash your hands and face thoroughly before eating, drinking, applying cosmetics, smoking or any other actions that you could digest contaminated material. Hygiene is a very important part of remaining safe from chemicals and other contamination.

California Painter Training: with Collegiate Entrepreneurs