News and Articles: BasicSafe Safety Management Software

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

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

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