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News and Articles: BasicSafe Safety Management Software

Job Safety: The Biggest Workplace Hazard You’re Probably Missing

Posted by Don Brown on Oct 15, 2014 8:00:00 AM

The biggest danger in your workplace may not be as obvious as you think. It’s not necessarily the heavy machinery, the ladders or even the hazardous chemicals. 

It’s the danger your workers pose to themselves and others when they’re sleep-deprived. 

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Topics: Incident Reporting and Investigation, workplace injuries

Safety Management: How A Food Services Plant Cut Workers’ Comp Costs in Half

Posted by Don Brown on Oct 8, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Nearly a decade ago, a safety supervisor at a major food plant in Oregon decided he’d had enough. He had safety data sheets stored in six different places. This lack of organization made it difficult to find the information they needed, much less keep track of which ones were up to date each time there was a change. 

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Topics: Safety Management, Safety Management Software, Lockout Tagout

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

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