News and Articles: BasicSafe Safety Management Software

What We’ve Learned About Safety Management After 10 Years

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 30, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Ten years ago, Google raised $1.67 billion with its initial public offering. The Red Sox won the World Series for the first time since 1918, breaking the curse of the Great Bambino. It was an unforgettable year—the same year we founded our company. 

When our president Kevin Shoemaker started BasicSafe, many manufacturing companies were using a combination of Excel spreadsheets and various software systems to manage their daily processes, but there was no “one stop shop” to manage safety from the plant floor level. We knew we could set ourselves apart from other mainstream software engineering companies by combining software engineering and safety management.

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Topics: Safety Management

Do Your Chemical Safety Data Sheets Meet the New GHS Standard?

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 23, 2014 7:30:00 AM

By now, you’re probably very familiar with the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, or GHS. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new standard for chemical safety covers more than 43 million workers who produce or handle hazardous chemicals. By clearly communicating these dangers, and standardizing hazard communication around the world, OSHA estimates it will prevent more than 500 workplace injuries and illnesses and 43 deaths each year

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Topics: Safety Management, MSDS

What Every Worker Needs to Know About Responding to a Chemical Spill

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 18, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Understanding how to respond to a chemical spill is imperative to keeping harmful fumes and corrosive materials from spreading. Taking the wrong steps can make matters worse.

Even if you have designated personnel who meet OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training requirements for cleaning up a spill, your employees will most likely be your first responders - and your first line of defense. In other words, it’s critical that all employees understand what chemicals are in your workplace, what dangers they pose and how to minimize the hazards if a chemical is improperly released. 

Your plan of action should be posted in a highly-visible space, along with an emergency response plan that’s specific to your company. 

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Topics: safety software, Safety Management Software, MSDS

You Asked, We Answered: 3 New Safety Tools Created for Customers

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 4, 2014 7:30:00 AM

When a customer comes to us with a unique problem, we strive to respond with a customized solution. It’s one of the benefits of being a self-sufficient safety software company, and it’s what we do best. 

Our customers have requested several custom safety tools over the past year, and now we’re excited to make three of them available to everyone.

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Topics: Audit Management, Action Management, safety tools

What Should My Workers Know About Forklift Safety?

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 2, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Forklift safety has been a front-and-center topic in the warehousing and construction industries for years, yet injuries and even fatalities are still common. Forklifts or industrial trucks cause about 96,000 injuries each year in the United States alone, according to   OSHA data. Of those, more than a third—about 34,900—are serious injuries, and 85 are fatalities. Earlier this summer, a worker died after being pinned against a wall by an out-of-control forklift in a supermarket—a workplace many would assume would be free from deadly hazards.

Even if your workers are competent and well-trained on safety policies, you need to make sure they understand the specific hazards of forklift operation and what they can do to prevent accidents. 

Here are five forklift safety guidelines every employer should follow.

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Topics: workplace injuries, forklift safety

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