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News and Articles: BasicSafe Safety Management Software

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

You Asked, We Answered: 3 New Safety Tools Created for Customers

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 4, 2014 7:30:00 AM

When a customer comes to us with a unique problem, we strive to respond with a customized solution. It’s one of the benefits of being a self-sufficient safety software company, and it’s what we do best. 

Our customers have requested several custom safety tools over the past year, and now we’re excited to make three of them available to everyone.

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Topics: Audit Management, Action Management, safety tools

What Should My Workers Know About Forklift Safety?

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 2, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Forklift safety has been a front-and-center topic in the warehousing and construction industries for years, yet injuries and even fatalities are still common. Forklifts or industrial trucks cause about 96,000 injuries each year in the United States alone, according to   OSHA data. Of those, more than a third—about 34,900—are serious injuries, and 85 are fatalities. Earlier this summer, a worker died after being pinned against a wall by an out-of-control forklift in a supermarket—a workplace many would assume would be free from deadly hazards.

Even if your workers are competent and well-trained on safety policies, you need to make sure they understand the specific hazards of forklift operation and what they can do to prevent accidents. 

Here are five forklift safety guidelines every employer should follow.

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Topics: workplace injuries, forklift safety

How Can My Company Have a Safe Summer Shutdown?

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 28, 2014 7:30:00 AM

While summer heat is an opportunity for some companies to ramp up production, many facilities close up shop to allow for vacation time and much-needed maintenance. 

Maintenance and other mid-shutdown tasks often require temporary and contracted workers who may be even more at risk for injuries.

To ensure everyone coming and going stays safe and avoids costly accidents, you'll need to enact some summer-specific safety policies. For those of you closing up shop for the summer, here are a few tips for having the safest shutdown possible.

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Topics: safe summer shutdown, Safety Procedures

4 Tips for Training Temporary Workers About Safety

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 26, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Between vacation time, summer shutdowns and increased workloads, you’re probably relying more on temporary workers than at any other time of year. 

It may not always be ideal, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. 

Even if your regular crews are well-trained and up to speed on your company's safety policies, the new workers may be accustomed to more lax enforcement. You might not have time to train them from the beginning, but you’ll need to make sure they're familiar with your company's policies and the dangers of the specifics jobs they take on.

Here are some tips for effectively and efficiently training temporary workers.

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Topics: safety training,, training temporary workers

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