News and Articles: BasicSafe Safety Management Software

SLIDESHARE: Your Holiday Shutdown Checklist

Posted by Don Brown on Dec 17, 2014 8:30:00 AM

holiday_shutdown_checklistThe holidays are approaching, admins and employees are taking vacations, and if you're in an outdoor industry, the cold weather is probably making it tough to get work done. Before you shut down for the holidays, however, you'll need to make sure you've tied up your loose ends and have prepared for winter's elements. To make sure everyone leaving for the break and coming back to work is as safe and productive as possible, keep this checklist in mind during your holiday shutdown.    

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Topics: Safety Management

Introducing our New Scheduler Tool

Posted by Don Brown on Dec 10, 2014 8:30:00 AM

With constantly changing federal, state and local regulations, keeping up with environmental compliance can become a serious headache – especially when you've got training, claims and other safety-related tasks to take care of. Fortunately for safety managers and other admins, we've just released a new Planner / Scheduler tool as part of our BasicSafe safety management software suite.  

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Topics: Action Management, environmental compliance, scheduler tool

SLIDESHARE: How to Sell Your Boss on Safety Management

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 25, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Your safety management programs make sense to you, and you know they’re successful. Unfortunately, your company executives don’t always see it that way. All too often, safety programs and employee training are seen as optional, and they’re among the first line items to be cut from the budget if it’s been a tough year. 

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Topics: Safety Management, Safety Management Software

The 4 Biggest Safety Hazards in the Lumber Industry

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 25, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Logging remains one of the most dangerous industries in the United States. In 2010, the logging industry had 95,000 workers and accounted for 70 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s a rate more than 21 times higher than the overall fatality rate of 3.4 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2010. 

The hazards carry over from the forest to the lumber yard, where employees routinely operate various types of saws and other hazardous machinery. 

So safety hazards in the lumber industry are most common? We asked Jennifer Rudy, corporate safety manager for Swanson Group, a forest products company based in southern Oregon, what safety hazards keep her up at night and what she’s done to address them. 

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Topics: Safety Management, Job Hazard Analysis

Are You Complying with Confined Space Regulations?

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 19, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Unsafe practices in confined spaces can lead to severe injuries, even death. 

A temporary worker in Illinois was crushed to death earlier this year when he entered a concrete mixer's mud hopper. In order to prevent such accidents and losses, safety managers must comply with OSHA's confined space regulations

Confined spaces—also called “permit-required spaces” or “permit spaces”—are areas not necessarily designed for people, but large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs, according to OSHA. These spaces, which include silos, storage bins, manholes and ductwork, have limited means of entry or exit and are not designed for continuous occupancy. 

Here are a few tips you can use to keep your employees safe and your company compliant while working in confined spaces.  

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Topics: Safety Management, osha, Safety Procedures

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