1. Tell us a little bit about your role at Examinetics, and how your role contributes to the overall mission of Examinetics.
As the Director of Fleet and Equipment, I oversee four major areas: Fleet Care Facility, Equipment and Supplies Facility, Fleet Maintenance and Repair and Radiation Safety and Compliance.
Oversight of the Fleet Care Facility includes the fabrication and design of new mobile testing units and the renovations of existing testing units. These functions include metal fabrication, welding, electrical, HVAC, carpentry, and automotive painting. This facility allows us to react to company needs instantly. Having these capabilities in-house means we can be nimble to address client solutions.
The Equipment and Supplies Facility supplies and supports all equipment needed in the field for testing. This includes servicing and repairing testing equipment, annual calibrations of testing equipment, tracking of equipment, shipping and receiving and the stocking of testing supplies. Additionally, this group also provides tech support and troubleshooting for almost all of our testing equipment.
Oversight of Fleet Maintenance & Repair includes the scheduling of preventative services, repairs for the entire fleet, and supporting a 24/7 breakdown hotline. Our fleet currently consists of 136 mobile testing units and 16 support vehicles. This group reports for licensing and registration for the fleet and is responsible for the comparing of new chassis and the purchases associated with them.
Radiation Safety & Compliance is done out of the Fleet Care Facility. This consists of the registrations within each state for Examinetics to be able to shoot X-rays. This also includes all of the compliance guidelines required by the state of Kansas for local and federal compliance. The Fleet Care Group coordinates all field repairs and support for all X-Ray functions in the field.
2. How does your role contribute to the health and safety of America’s workforce?
Examinetics delivers workforce health services to your location. We are the team that keeps the team on the road, so they can visit all our client locations from coast to coast and carry out our mission successfully. In dedication to that goal, we work hard every day to provide reliable vehicles, field testing equipment and after hours hotline service.
3. What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
I take great pride in my work. I’ve been designing and modifying our fleet for over 30 years. This process—the design and implementation of mobile units—is one of the greatest parts of my job. In the design process, I find myself elated every time we add something new or devise an entirely new unit, and seeing how it functions in the field. I love being part of the physical and technological changes that improve the services being done by our technicians in the field for our clients.
4. What changes have you seen in your 30 plus years of experience at Examinetics?
Outside of the growth of our fleet—from a handful of testing units to 136 trucks—, the most notable change is increased devotion and mission of our company to meet all the compliance needs of our clients.
As an example, we’ve dealt with multiple changes to the respiratory standard and made modifications to our programs for the convenience to our clients. We added services and certifications at the request of our clients to meet all their compliance needs.
We look at these challenges more as opportunities. It is quite gratifying to develop and implement these solutions.
5. Considering your role and different experiences with your work, please share a personal health and safety tip that may be relevant for our clients.
I encourage everyone to protect their hearing in their professional and personal lives. I’m constantly coaching family, friends and coworkers regarding the effects and consequences of noise exposure.
In my young professional work life, I worked in environments with no hearing conservation program, which negatively impacted my hearing. Outside of work, I didn't protect my hearing at events such as music concerts, professional sporting events or during common activities such as hunting or mowing the lawn.
Because of a lack of education, I sustained noise-induced hearing loss and must wear hearing aids. Unfortunately, hearing loss is unrepairable. From personal experience, you don't know what you are missing until you lose hearing.
I encourage everyone to be aware of the noise around you both in your professional and personal environments. I keep hearing protection nearby at my home for events such as the 4th of July or for my grandkids if they want to help mow. You just never know when it might be needed.
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