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News and Articles: BasicSafe Safety Management Software

How to Choose Lockout / Tagout Software

Posted by Don Brown on Apr 29, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Lockout / tagout procedures are critically important to employee safety at any hazardous worksite, and up-to-date LOTO policies can mean the difference between an accident-free workplace and frequent incidents.

What’s more, OSHA closely monitors most industries for proper LOTO practices, and passing audits and inspections of your heavy machinery can be just as important as reporting accidents and illnesses.

Like other important safety policies, however, lockout/tagout can be difficult to track, particularly for companies with multiple facilities and jobsites. Safety software can be a great way to improve safety and efficiency, reduce operating expenses and ease regulatory burdens – all while promoting a greener, more paper-free environment.

If you’re looking for a digital solution to your LOTO organization issues, keep in mind the following considerations.

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Topics: safety software, Lockout Tagout, LOTO

What to Look for in Incident Tracking Software

Posted by Don Brown on Apr 21, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Are you at your wit's end trying to keep track of incidents by hand? Manually tracking, reporting and following up on every minor injury or illness can quickly become overwhelming, even at a small business.

Fall behind, though, and you could risk OSHA scrutiny for failing to properly report and assign corrective actions for each and every incident. Just as importantly, you could miss major opportunities to improve safety and create a better work environment at your company.

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Topics: Incident Reporting, Incident Tracking Software

5 Questions to Consider When Choosing Safety Auditing Software

Posted by Don Brown on Apr 8, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Conducting safety audits is an important part of your job, and managing them digitally is a great way to eliminate cabinets full of paper files.

However, not all safety auditing software is equally useful. There are several types on the market today, ranging from bare-bones systems that are little more than glorified file managers to Cadillac-style tools that come with a lot of extra features you don’t need—plus a hefty price tag.

How do you know which type of software is right for your company? Here are five questions to consider as you make your decision.

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Topics: safety software, Audit Management

OSHA Requests Funding Increase to Strengthen Enforcement and Safety

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 31, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Hazardous businesses – and even seemingly safe job sites – are always under scrutiny, and the federal government could become even more watchful in the next year. President Obama's 2016 budget proposal calls for a seven percent bump in the budget for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an increase that would add 90 full-time positions to the agency. While it may be an uphill battle for proponents to keep the proposal in the budget, safety mangers and other safety-concerned personnel need to keep an eye out for its potential economic and industrial impacts.

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Topics: osha, Job Safety Analysis, safety compliance

SLIDESHARE: This Year’s OSHA Safety Policy Updates

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 24, 2015 7:00:00 AM

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is constantly updating its rules and regulations in accordance with recent investigations, incidents, legislation and public demands. Some of these policies carry hefty consequences for non-compliance, and even small employers have to stay up to speed.

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Topics: safety policy

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