August 2013

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August 2013 Newsletter

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Happy National AC Appreciation Month!!

To Our Favorite Customer,

You will probably not be surprised to learn that August is National Air Conditioning Appreciation Month. Seriously! In Arizona especially, we take our cooling technologies very seriously.

Take a minute to focus on heat related safety issues that are so critical to maintaining a healthy and productive environment.

Here at QTS we are having a busy summer. Thank you to our many new customers – and welcome! Thank you also to our long standing customers for the confidence you place in us every day.

We love and appreciate your referrals. If you know of someone looking to arrange transportation for a friend or family member – just send them over to 602.371.1000. They will benefit from your contractual rates to enjoy the most professional transportation and greatest value.

Thank you, The QTS Newsletter Team

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Heat Safety
Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress :

Heat stroke
Heat exhaustion
Fainting episodes
Heat cramps
Heat rashes

Heat can also increase the risk of injuries, since it may result in sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, and dizziness.

Heat Stroke: Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related disorder. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. The body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down.

Symptoms of heat stroke include:

* Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
* Hallucinations
* Chills
* Throbbing headache
* High body temperature
* Confusion/dizziness
* Slurred speech

The following steps should be taken to treat a worker with heat stroke:

* Call 911 and notify a supervisor.
* Move the sick worker to a cool shaded area.
* Cool the worker using methods such as soaking their clothes with water or spraying, sponging, or showering them with water. Fanning the body can also help.

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Monsoon Season Safety Tips

DON’T: Drive in areas that are prone to flooding, even if the rain doesn’t appear to be heavy. Floods come quickly and swiftly.

DO: Take heed the signs and barricades that are in place to warn motorist and pedestrians of flood waters and areas that are prone to flooding.

DO: If driving in a storm with minimal visibility, pull over as far from the road as you can. When you pull over, do not leave your lights on. Drivers with little or no visibility behind you may think you are still on the road and follow you.

DON’T: It may be tempting to try and outrun a storm, however, visibility can be near zero when monsoon thunderstorms are raging.

DO: Be aware of where you are parking. Avoid parking under a tree or telephone/electrical polls.

DON’T: Avoid standing outside of your home or vehicle when the amount of debris and dust in the air is noticeable.

DO: If you are outside hiking or camping, be aware of quick wind shifts, quick cooling of temperature and increasing wind velocity. These are signals for thunderstorm activity.

DO: If you are on a boat, get to land.

DON’T: Do not huddle closely together with other people. Spread out.

DO: Avoid wide open areas.

DO: If your hair starts to stand on end, that is a sign of electricity and you may be about to be struck by lightning. Drop to your knees and cover your head.

DO: Bring your children and animals inside until the storm blows over.

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Featured Team Member

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Don W.
Dispatcher

1. What does QTS stand for?

The needs of our passengers take priority above all else.

2. Why are we different?

It’s the people that make the difference, be it the professionalism of our drivers, the way the customer service team focuses on the smallest of details to make our clients and passenger as happy as possible, or the commitment of the dispatchers to ensure everyone is on time and juggling the resources to ensure that we can always say “yes”. It all starts from the top with the management team and it shows.

3. What do you appreciate and/or value most about the culture at QTS?

We have a family-like environment that promotes real teamwork. Everyone helps each other, shares best practices and no one ever makes you feel like you’re bothering them or that your input or question is not important to them.

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Haboob

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From the Arabic word “habb” – a wall of dust driven by up to 30 mph winds.

The largest and most dangerous of the dust storms that impact Phoenix – primarily in the summer months. The metropolitan area experiences on average 3 haboobs per year according to the National Weather Service.