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Spring thaw period is just around the corner
Current estimates put the beginning of the thaw period at March 17, but the starting and ending dates of the load restriction period may be adjusted depending on weather conditions. The boundaries of the thaw zones are the same as last year. Please watch our bulletin boards, posters and other sources for more information, coming soon.
Meanwhile, the following measures are applicable to all drivers:
- Calibrate and check your air suspension gauges and make sure your load is not over the authorized maximum for your tandem tractor (15,500 kg or 34,000 lb.). A calibration trailer is available for your convenience near the Boucherville scale (T04).
- Make sure you are familiar with the standards and restrictions in place for your rig.
- Keep your pink sheet entitled “DÉGEL 2014” handy. It will be delivered to your box or handed out to you personally by a compliance officer or instructor.
- While the thaw period is in effect, check that you adhere to all load restrictions before getting on the road.
If you have any thaw-related questions, be sure to talk to a compliance officer or instructor for more information.
Not only is March Health Month at Groupe Robert, it’s also National Nutrition Month and the beginning of the 5/30 Health and Wellness Challenge and the Quit to Win! Challenge.
To highlight the occasion, a series of articles on health-related topics will appear in issues of Destination throughout the month, starting with this one. Each article will emphasize the benefits of healthy eating, stress management and/or exercise. In the March 24 issue, we will be publishing a quiz based on the information contained in these articles. Send us your answers and you could win one of two $50 gift cards from IGA.
Stay alert for news, surprises await you throughout the Health Month!
Healthy living report #1: Be motivated for your fitness training
Practicing an activity regularly is important for your physical and mental health. Fitness training is beneficial for your health, as to maintain or increase its strength, flexibility and muscular endurance, improve self-esteem, reduce the effects of stress and reduce the risk of suffering from type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and hypertension.
Health Canada recommends at least 2.5 hours of exercise every week, broken into sessions of 10 minutes or more. The focus should be on moderate to vigorous aerobic activity (brisk walk, jogging, cycling, etc.) Some studies have proven that 50% of the decline in functional capacity observed between the ages of 30 and 70 years is the product of an inactive lifestyle.
Too many times, we begin a training program, but we have a lot of difficulty to make it last in time. Here are some suggestions to help you to keep motivated in the continuation of your new program:
- Have a regular training schedule in order to easily integrate it into you daily activities.
- Continue fitness training even after reaching your goal.
- Of course, you’ll need to maintain your new healthy eating habits on a day to day basis.
To stay motivated, some people need to be challenged. If you are one of them, here are some suggestions:
- Taste one new health food a week.
- Increase the intensity of your workout.
- Cut by half the dressing your usually put on your salad.
- Don’t eat desert in the week.
- Choose mineral water over soft drinks.
- Go for a walk everyday on your lunch hour.
- Go for an hour of physical activity instead of watching TV for the same time period.
- Use milk instead of cream in your coffee, and do not add any sugar.
It is up to you to take on one challenge a month, or one each week. Do not hesitate to come up with your own challenges, or even to challenge each other among training partners or your co-worker.Read more
On slippery or snow-covered surfaces, you can raise your fourth axle to increase your traction and control, although it is very important to remember that this should be limited to short stretches of road only. Here are a few tips on how to protect your safety and the safety of other road users when operating a quad axle trailer:
- Self-steer quad axle trailers: When checking your rig before you get on the road, make sure the fourth axle lifts automatically when in reverse. Verify that the ABS plug behind the cab is connected and the switch on the front of the trailer is in the down position.
- Quad axle trailers with manual lift axle: During the inspection process, check that the dashboard controls for lifting and adjusting the pneumatic axle are working properly in order to maximize your trailer’s legal weight. Also make sure that you’re plugged into the NON-ABS outlet, which is usually to the right of the ABS connector.
As part of our ongoing efforts to improve our systems and deliver faster, more efficient service to our internal and external clients, we have just kicked off the first phase of our ELI (redesigned lift screen) project in our Volta and Graham Bell distribution centres.
In the past year, we have developed a computer application for all of our storage-related operations. This new application, which can be used on forklift screens and handheld scanners, makes it possible to submit more detailed reports to our clients, keep closer tabs on our activities, optimize our performance for the same amount of effort, and program and repeat sequences of events. The user-friendly interface displays all of the application’s options on a full-colour touchscreen.
This application will be set up in Distribution Centre A in Boucherville in March and rolled out in all of our main distribution facilities between now and the end of 2014.
We would like to thank all those who have been involved in the Volta and Graham Bell operations for doing their part to make this project a success. The continued support and cooperation of each of our teams will be instrumental as we move forward with the next steps of this program.Read more
Pick up your $500 bonus now!
Refer a driver to us and get a $500 referral bonus*.
To apply, simply:
- Read the policy, available on the following web site https://service.robert.ca/Default.aspx or on the Destination intranet site under Human Resources/Personnel Management or in the Employees Zone.
- Complete the referral bonus form available at the same place or on the following web site https://service.robert.ca/Default.aspx
* Available to permanent employees only. Bonus is payable six months after the new employee is hired, as long as both the referrer and the referee are still working at Groupe Robert.
For more information, call us at 1-866-358-1200.Read more