News and Articles: BasicSafe Safety Management Software

10 Eye-Opening Statistics About Workplace Safety in Healthcare

Posted by Don Brown on Feb 26, 2015 8:30:00 AM

The business of caring for others often takes a physical toll on healthcare workers.

They are constantly lifting, pulling, repositioning and moving patients who are unable to move themselves, putting them at risk for musculoskeletal injuries. In fact, patient handling was the number one concern for hospitals in a 2012 Health Care Workers Barometer survey by Aon Risk Solutions.

In addition, healthcare workers deal with hazardous variables like contagious patients, sharp medical objects, bloodborne pathogens and potentially violent individuals.

With the help of improved safety programs and new technology, including patient lifting devices, healthcare companies have been able to decrease the frequency of workers compensation claims. Unfortunately, the costs of individual claims are rising.

Here are 10 statistics that illustrate the need for stronger workplace safety programs in healthcare.

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Topics: healthcare industry safety, workplace safety

How Utility Companies Can Empower Workers for Managing Safety

Posted by Don Brown on Feb 24, 2015 11:00:00 AM

The utilities industry is still one of the most dangerous in the country. Approximately 444 serious injuries and 74 fatalities occur each year among people performing work involving electric power generation, transmission and distribution, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Common hazards include falls, electric shock and burns, all of which can lead to serious injury and death.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways utility workers and their employers can create safer working conditions – all the while saving time and money and creating a happier, healthier working environment. Complying with OSHA standards is a good start, but most companies need to go above and beyond those standards to create the safest conditions possible.

Here are a few ways your utility company can empower its workers for managing safety.

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Topics: Safety Management, Job Safety Analysis, Safety Procedures

Why Food Processing Companies Should Invest in Safety Software

Posted by Don Brown on Feb 17, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Most industries have made big strides in employee safety – and the food industry is no exception – but there are still plenty of steps wholesale food producers can take to make their operations safer and more cost-efficient. Every accident and illness takes time and money away from employers and employees alike, but safer, healthier working conditions benefit everyone.

Food producers have to deal with a variety of unique, complex hazards, however, and managing employees' safety can become cumbersome. From chemical exposure to repetitive use injuries to trauma, the number of incidents, potential hazards and training requirements to keep track of can seem endless.

Fortunately, a comprehensive safety software suite can make the food industry safety manager's job far easier and more efficient. Following are a few of the food industry risks safety managers must mitigate, as well as the benefits they stand to realize by implementing safety software.

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Topics: safety software, Safety Management Software, Healthy Workfoce

Preparing for the Biggest Safety Hazards in Metal Manufacturing

Posted by Don Brown on Feb 5, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The metal manufacturing industry has made big strides in improving the safety and well-being of its workers over the last few years, but there are always improvements to be made. As with just about every other industry, however, these manufacturers are constantly trying to cut costs and streamline operations with lean practices.

Fortunately, the right procedures and equipment can help safety managers accomplish both of these goals. With a little extra effort and investment in safety upfront, metal manufacturers can reap long-term rewards: fewer incidents, lower injury- and illness-related costs and a healthier, more productive workforce. Here are a few of the most important ways metal manufacturers can prepare for their biggest safety hazards.

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Topics: Safety Management, Safety Management Software, MSDS

Year in Review: 7 Shocking Safety Statistics

Posted by Don Brown on Jan 28, 2015 8:30:00 AM

As we enter the new year, we can help to provide safer working conditions by observing the biggest problems in workplace safety from the prior year.

To that end, OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics release annual data on workplace illnesses, missed workdays, occupational injuries and other safety mishaps. Here are seven of the most shocking safety statistics from 2013 – as well as pointers on how you can prevent similar problems at your own company.

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Topics: Safety Management, Incident Reporting and Investigation

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