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Safety Management Insights

Know What to Expect and Your Rights During an OSHA Inspection

Posted by Don Brown on May 15, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The prospect of an OSHA inspection often inspires fear, and significant fines and penalties can result if the agency finds safety violations. While inspections aren’t to be taken lightly, however, you do have rights as an employer. In fact, Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches may allow you to deny an inspection altogether — at least until OSHA demonstrates probable cause.

While demanding an inspection warrant isn’t always advised, you do have options when dealing with OSHA. From inquiring about the purpose and probable cause to limiting the scope of the investigation, you can mitigate the impact of an inspection and ensure you don’t receive unjust penalties. Here is what to expect during an OSHA inspection, and details on you and your team's rights during an OSHA inspection.

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How to Effectively Track Your Company’s Safety Performance

Posted by Don Brown on May 1, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Are your training programs helping employees work efficiently while avoiding injuries? How have your recent policy changes affected incident rates? Did your last round of JSAs catch all the hazards at each of your worksites? Overall, how effective is your safety program?

These are critical questions for every safety manager, but the answers don’t come easy. Between training, JSAs, audits and reports, it can be tough to track the impact of any given change. These tips will help you manage the most important variables and effectively track your company's safety performance. 

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The New Management of Change Module for the BasicSafe Software Suite

Posted by Don Brown on Apr 17, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Are you struggling to keep track of all the projects and changes within your organization? From processes to products to people, every major initiative involves a dizzying array of logistics, safety concerns and regulatory requirements. Tracking individual contributions isn’t easy, either, particularly when several departments are involved.

To help you manage these concerns, we’ve created our Management of Change Module. Comprehensive and customizable, this module allows you to tie up loose ends, validate task completion and ensure regulatory compliance during any change in your company. Here’s what it can do.

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Strategies for Preventing the Flu at Your Workplace

Posted by Don Brown on Apr 3, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Worried about the flu’s effect on your workforce? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual costs of influenza in the United States are $4.6 billion. What’s more, the flu leads to losses of up to 111 million workdays and $7 billion in sick days and lost productivity. Flu season is in full swing, and if you want to keep your workers safe, comfortable and productive, you’ll need to put in play a few specific policies. Following are our top strategies for preventing the flu this year.

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Required: OSHA Electronic Submittal Beginning July 2017

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM

OSHA’s Final Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses went into effect in January. Intended to “nudge” employers into focusing more on safety, this rule requires employers to electronically submit injury and illness data.

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How to Address the Gaps in Your Safety Program

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Not seeing the results you expect from your safety program? From seemingly small slip-ups to major hazards, most worksites have many places where workers can get hurt. Implementing a safety program doesn’t always happen according to plan, either, and even well-planned programs may fail to take hold.

Fortunately, plenty of methods and tools can help you address the gaps in your safety program. Use these guidelines to review your program and plan for improvements.

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Introducing the BasicSafe Quiz Module

Posted by Don Brown on Feb 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM

BasicSafe has developed a new module, now available with the rest of our safety software suite. We previously offered one training validation method; we now proudly introduce a new one.

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The Impact of Technology on Safety for Safety Personnel

Posted by Don Brown on Feb 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM

As safety professionals, we often consider the impacts of internal policies and regulatory changes on the well-being of our workers. OSHA spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year enforcing these policies, and advocacy groups push for changes in the way employers and employees interact.

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Introducing the BasicSafe Violations Module

Posted by Don Brown on Jan 23, 2017 8:30:00 AM

You track all of your employees’ work-related accidents and illnesses, but are you also recording their rules violations, resultant damages and corrective actions? Not every unsafe behavior leads to an accident, but consistent violations records are crucial for OSHA compliance, as auditors always want to make sure you’re doing everything in your power to provide a safe work environment. Tracking both safe and unsafe behaviors also allows you to provide more effective safety training and work instructions.

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Are Your Safety Efforts Ready for 2017?

Posted by Don Brown on Jan 16, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Is your safety team ready for the new year now that 2016 has come to a close? Between tighter regulations, ever-changing record-keeping requirements and a few new OSHA rules, there are plenty of matters to keep in mind. Just as important are your internal affairs: tracking incidents, training employees and continuing to foster a culture that puts safety first. If you’re feeling overwhelmed — or if you just want to make sure your ducks are in a row — use these guidelines as you plan for a safe and productive 2017.

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