Safety Management Insights

Best Practices During an OSHA Inspection

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Nobody enjoys an OSHA inspection, and no matter how many times you’ve dealt with the agency, a visit from an inspector can still cause fear and anxiety. Between fines, penalties and bad PR, noncompliance can land even an honest employer in hot water, and it’s important for every organization to stay on top of new regulations and worker complaints.

Fortunately, OSHA itself must follow plenty of rules, and knowing their protocols can help you prepare for an inspection — even when you don’t know they’re coming. The following are a few best practices to follow during (and before) an inspection.

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Using JHAs to Mitigate Fall Hazards

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 7, 2017 3:30:00 PM

A job hazard analysis, often referred to as a job safety analysis or task hazard analysis, is an excellent way to systematically reduce the dangers within your worksites. OSHA also recommends them for the reduction of workplace injuries and illnesses, and well-documented JHAs could help you out during an audit.

JHAs are particularly useful for rooting out and mitigating the causes of falls — an all-too-common source of on-the-job injuries. One of OSHA’s “Fatal Four,” falls accounted for 364 out of 937 total deaths in the U.S. construction industry in 2015. Following are a few steps for using JHAs to mitigate fall hazards in your organization.

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Quiz: Do You Know the Difference Between OSHA and MSHA?

Posted by Don Brown on Jul 10, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) came about at roughly the same time in response to the same concern: an urgent need for greater worker safety.

While OSHA and MSHA have similar roles, however, their jurisdictions are mutually exclusive, and they take different approaches to incidents and noncompliance. Do you know the difference between OSHA and MSHA? More importantly, do you understand how each organization’s rules apply to your company? Take our quiz to find out.

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The Value and ROI of a Safety Committee for Your Company

Posted by Don Brown on Jun 26, 2017 8:15:00 AM

If you’re operating in a high-risk industry, forming a safety committee may not just be beneficial — it’s often required. Different states have different laws about safety committees and meetings, and in some areas, even the smallest businesses must have them.

These laws are far from a nuisance, however. Forming a safety committee is a good idea for most businesses even if it’s not mandatory. By generating greater buy-in and participation from your workers, your safety programs will become more effective, and your bottom line will grow. Here are a few ways you can see ROI of a safety committee for your organization.

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Top Tips for an Efficient New Safety Management System Software

Posted by Don Brown on Jun 12, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Are you ready to implement a safety software suite in your organization? With a toolset like BasicSafe, fields, forms and templates are structured, yet customizable with dynamic settings you can control and modify — but that doesn’t mean adoption will be automatic. Even the best-designed tools and plans won’t take effect until they’re properly implemented.

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Make the Case for Sustainability at Work for Now and the Future

Posted by Don Brown on May 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Are you pushing for greater sustainability within your organization? To some, the word is all but synonymous with environmentalism, but environmental concerns are just one facet of a sustainable business. In fact, according to OSHA, “employers are only truly sustainable when they ensure the safety, health and welfare of their workers.”

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Know What to Expect and Your Rights During an OSHA Inspection

Posted by Don Brown on May 15, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The prospect of an OSHA inspection often inspires fear, and significant fines and penalties can result if the agency finds safety violations. While inspections aren’t to be taken lightly, however, you do have rights as an employer. In fact, Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches may allow you to deny an inspection altogether — at least until OSHA demonstrates probable cause.

While demanding an inspection warrant isn’t always advised, you do have options when dealing with OSHA. From inquiring about the purpose and probable cause to limiting the scope of the investigation, you can mitigate the impact of an inspection and ensure you don’t receive unjust penalties. Here is what to expect during an OSHA inspection, and details on you and your team's rights during an OSHA inspection.

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How to Effectively Track Your Company’s Safety Performance

Posted by Don Brown on May 1, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Are your training programs helping employees work efficiently while avoiding injuries? How have your recent policy changes affected incident rates? Did your last round of JSAs catch all the hazards at each of your worksites? Overall, how effective is your safety program?

These are critical questions for every safety manager, but the answers don’t come easy. Between training, JSAs, audits and reports, it can be tough to track the impact of any given change. These tips will help you manage the most important variables and effectively track your company's safety performance. 

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The New Management of Change Module for the BasicSafe Software Suite

Posted by Don Brown on Apr 17, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Are you struggling to keep track of all the projects and changes within your organization? From processes to products to people, every major initiative involves a dizzying array of logistics, safety concerns and regulatory requirements. Tracking individual contributions isn’t easy, either, particularly when several departments are involved.

To help you manage these concerns, we’ve created our Management of Change Module. Comprehensive and customizable, this module allows you to tie up loose ends, validate task completion and ensure regulatory compliance during any change in your company. Here’s what it can do.

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Strategies for Preventing the Flu at Your Workplace

Posted by Don Brown on Apr 3, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Worried about the flu’s effect on your workforce? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual costs of influenza in the United States are $4.6 billion. What’s more, the flu leads to losses of up to 111 million workdays and $7 billion in sick days and lost productivity. Flu season is in full swing, and if you want to keep your workers safe, comfortable and productive, you’ll need to put in play a few specific policies. Following are our top strategies for preventing the flu this year.

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