Photo Shows Cross-Contamination Risk At A Hookah Lounge


The photo shows the storage room of a Hookah lounge, showing the tobacco flavorings stored near a mop bucket, with a container of cleaning solvent on the floor nearby.

The hookah lounge (also called a shisha bar or den, especially in Britain and parts of Canada, or a hookah bar) is an establishment where patrons share shisha from a communal hookah or nargile which is placed at each table. Hookah is a flavored tobacco. It is smoked out of a ‘hookah’ water pipe. The tobacco is often called shisha which is a higher grade hookah with only molasses and flavoring added. It is a centuries old practice and most likely began in India.


2016 Top 10 Deficiencies Found By Kansas City Commercial Insurance Inspector Lynn Simmons


I’m always looking for trends and patterns in the field, and thought I’d share our top 10 deficiencies identified in 2016.  Take a look around and see if any of these apply to your property:


Smoke detectors – This came as a surprise to me.  I thought everyone had smoke detectors.  Not so.  From rental properties to restaurants, to professional offices, I find properties every week that are not equipped with smoke detectors.  These devices save lives.

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SOFI Has Created A Sharing Folder For Loss Control Inspectors


It’s always nice to look at another loss control inspector’s field reports and review the problems that they are discovering and the solutions that they are suggesting. It’s a great learning tool. What problems did they find at a paint booth or a sawmill loss control inspection?

SOFI has created a “sharing folder” at our cloud website. It is only for commercial insurance loss control inspectors who take the time to share their reports with other loss control inspectors. You need to share a report and join the sharing club in order to get access to other reports.

The report needs to have the target company name and address redacted from the report … both in the text and on the photos. The contact information on the firm that ordered the report must also be redacted.

Email the report(s) to I will review them and upload them to a report folder in the cloud. The submitting inspector will be allowed access to  the online shared folder.

What Would You Charge For A Loss Control Inspection Of A Large Sawmill?


Is the electrical breaker box switch for the electric motor for this saw blade LOCKED OFF?


Working in a sawmill is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. The equipment poses numerous hazards. Massive weights and falling, rolling, and/or sliding logs can be very dangerous. The woodworking operations of a sawmill can also be hazardous, particularly when machines are used improperly or without proper safeguards. Woodworking employees often suffer from the following injuries: lacerations, amputations, severed fingers, and blindness. Wood dust, and chemicals used for finishing products, may cause skin and respiratory diseases.

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