Safety Management Insights

Client Satisfaction: The Amalgamated Sugar company

Posted by Don Brown on Oct 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

For over five years, The Amalgamated Sugar Company (TASCO) has used BasicSafe’s safety software suite to boost efficiency, keep workers safe and comply with OSHA requirements. “I use the software probably three or four times per week,” says Bill Enderson, Colorado Quality Technician. “There were even times when I was spending 40 or 50 hours a week on it.”

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Hierarchy of Controls for Workplace Safety

Posted by Don Brown on Oct 11, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Exposure controls are critical for protecting workers, and they either remove hazardous conditions or place barriers between workers and hazards. Ventilators might remove airborne pathogens, for instance, or guards might be used to separate workers from rapidly spinning equipment. Well-designed engineering controls effectively protect workers without interfering with productivity or personal comfort, and without making tasks more difficult to perform.

Traditionally, companies and regulatory agencies have used hierarchies of controls to determine how they should implement workplace safety solutions. While the ideal solutions vary from one organization to the next, priorities and best practices are consistent. The following are the hierarchy of controls most important elements.

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Announcing BasicSafe’s New Director of Sales, Gary Tackett

Posted by Don Brown on Oct 5, 2016 8:30:00 AM

BasicSafe is proud to announce Gary Tackett as our new Director of Sales. In his new role, Gary works with BasicSafe Vice President Don Brown and President Kevin Shoemaker to promote the software, speak at trade shows and provide onsite demos to interested prospects. From the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to Switzerland’s renowned Lindt chocolate company, major organizations from around the world are working with Gary to learn the ins and outs of BasicSafe’s modules.

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Investing In the Right Personal Protective Equipment

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 20, 2016 8:30:00 AM

OSHA regulations and the safety initiatives that have risen around them have made a major impact on the number of worker deaths in the last four decades. Worker deaths in the United States are down, on average, from about 38 deaths per day in 1970 to 13 in 2014. What’s more, injuries and illnesses are down from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to just 3.3 per 100 in 2014.

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New BasicSafe Home Page Video

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Have you clicked on the “Watch How it Works” button on our new home page? We’ve created a brand new video to explain the basics of BasicSafe, a comprehensive safety software suite for safety managers, HR managers, supervisors and the many others involved in keeping workers safe.

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How to Protect Your Outdoor Workers from the Zika Virus

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 6, 2016 8:30:00 AM

With all of the travel to and from Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games, a typically rare, unknown illness has come to the United States—the Zika virus. Typically found in isolated outbreaks in Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific, Zika presents mildly in patients but with severe symptoms in the children of affected, pregnant women.

Unfortunately, Zika is transmitted primarily through mosquitoes, and now that travelers are coming back to the United States en masse from Brazil, the virus’ spread is a major risk. This risk is especially concerning for outdoor workers, who spend eight or more hours per day in the presence of mosquitoes. If you’re responsible for the health and safety of outdoor workers at your company, you need to understand as much as possible about this disease’s signs, symptoms and preventive measures.

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The Link Between Stress and Worker Safety

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM

We all know stress is bad for our health, and working in an already stressful environment can impact work performance and safety. In fact, research from the Families and Work Institute found that 41 percent of workers experience stress “often” or “very often” on the job. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has even begun a job stress research program, which seeks to understand the influence of workplace stressors on accidents and injuries.

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OSHA’s New Rule for Confined Spaces in Construction

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 16, 2016 11:30:00 AM

OSHA’s penalty increases aren’t the only big safety news this summer. As of August 2015, the government standard for osha confined spaces standards—including manholes, tanks and crawl spaces—has been updated to account for construction worker safety. Working in these small spaces presents workers with life-threatening hazards, and most are not intended for continuous occupancy. They are also notoriously difficult to exit during emergencies and their occupants are often exposed to toxic substances, electrocution, explosions and asphyxiation.

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OSHA Civil Penalties to Increase This Month

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 4, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Nearly a year ago, Congress passed legislation requiring federal agencies—including OSHA—to adjust their civil penalties for standards violations to account for inflation. OSHA hasn’t increased its penalties for more than 25 years, and once the 2015 ruling goes into effect this month, rates will increase by 78 percent. What’s more, OSHA will now annually adjust its rates based on the Consumer Price Index.

Ultimately, these increased fines could significantly impact businesses large and small—particularly those that are behind on their safety policies and procedures. Outdated fines may have been manageable in recent years, but with penalties in lockstep with the CPI, many companies will need to bolster their safety programs to remain profitable. The following are a few of the specific changes you can expect.

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The Link Between Safety and Financial Performance

Posted by Don Brown on Jul 26, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Workplace safety doesn’t just improve employees’ lives – it boosts your bottom line! Employers who invest in workplace safety and health can dramatically reduce, illnesses, injuries and fatalities, which leads to far fewer compensation costs, OSHA penalties and costly lawsuits. In fact, a report by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that among companies who won the ACOEM’s Corporate Health Achievement Award, stock rose by an average of 97.26 percent from 1999 to 2012. What’s more, this was during an economically trying time when the S&P 500 actually lost nearly a percent!

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