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News and Articles: BasicSafe Safety Management Software

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

Why You Need to Revisit Your JSAs

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 13, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Job Safety Analyses (JSAs) may be the most dreaded paperwork among safety managers, but you can't afford to let them slide. Many managers will have their employees fill them out once, file them away for years and fail to address changes in safety policies or job procedures. JSAs are meant to help your job performance, however, and making them a priority can make a big difference in your workers' safety. 

Here are a few of the reasons you should consider revisiting your JSAs more often.  

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Topics: Safety Management, JSA, Job Safety Analysis

4 Ways to Be A Better Environmental Compliance Manager

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 5, 2014 7:30:00 AM

In many ways, managing environmental compliance is like trying to hit a moving target—and working under the gun to do it. Regulations are constantly changing, but the deadlines are unforgiving. 

If you feel like you’re stuck in a never-ending cycle of falling behind, it’s time to get ahead. Here are four ways to manage environmental compliance more efficiently. 

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Topics: safety software, Audit Management, environmental compliance, scheduler tool

Job Safety: How to Get Your Workers to Care About Housekeeping

Posted by Don Brown on Oct 29, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Sometimes we take it for granted that we work with grown-ups. Then we walk onto the production floor to find cleaning supplies scattered on the floor, stray extension cords running in all directions and ladders haphazardly leaning against a wall. 

For reasons we may never understand, some workers just can’t seem to clean up after themselves. Maybe they’re not used to doing it around their own homes, or they’re so caught up in the task at hand they overlook the mess they leave behind. 

Whatever the case, there’s no excuse for bad housekeeping.

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Topics: Job Hazard Analysis, Job Safety Analysis, Safety Procedures

SLIDESHARE: Hidden Safety Gaps That Keep You From Reaching Target Zero

Posted by Don Brown on Oct 21, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Every workplace should strive for Target Zero—zero recordable injuries, zero days away from work, zero worker compensation claims. 

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Topics: safety software, safety tools

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