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The 6 Most Critical Changes in Safety Management

Posted by Don Brown on Jul 2, 2015 12:13:35 PM

Not long ago, most safety managers were plant employees who worked their way up through the ranks. Now, however, most safety personnel have specialized, formal education, and they’re required to be more strategic and proactive in preventing accidents and illnesses.

As a result, we’ve seen the profession evolve and these critical safety management changes emerge as a result.

Whether you are a current safety manager, an aspiring one or a hiring manager looking for the right fit, you should carefully consider how these shifts impact your organization.

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Topics: Safety Management, human resource,

How Much Are Paper Records Costing Your Company?

Posted by Don Brown on Jun 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Just how much is paper costing your company? It’s probably a lot more than you realize. In fact, if your company has 100 employees, the amount of money you’re wasting on paper each year could amount to the salaries for two employees!

There are a number of factors that contribute to the high costs of paper records. According to one study:

  • The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper each year.
  • It may cost up to 31 times the cost of producing a document to send the information via paper – copying, filing, postage and more.
  • Over seven billion documents are created each year – and 15 trillion copies are made.
  • The average four-drawer cabinet costs about $25,000 to fill and $2,000 per year to maintain!

If you’re still on the fence about making the paperless plunge with your safety records, here are a few factors to consider as you think about what those hard copies really cost your company.

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Topics: safety software, manage paperwork

5 Essential Tips for Temporary Worker Safety In the Summer

Posted by Don Brown on Jun 18, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Summer’s in full swing, and that means many companies are bringing on temporary workers to fill the gaps while their full-time employees take vacations. This can be a great opportunity for those temporary workers and the companies who hire them, but it’s also one of the most dangerous times of the year.

According to a study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, temporary workers are twice as likely to suffer injuries as full-time employees doing the same jobs. What’s more, the injured temps averaged 40 missed workdays, compared to just 27 among full-timers.

What’s the cause of all these accidents?

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Topics: training temporary workers, summer safety tips

3 Things to Consider Before Setting A Target Zero Goal

Posted by Don Brown on Jun 11, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Target Zero is a noble goal, but it requires a standard of perfection that can only be accomplished with careful planning and implementation. As the American Society of Safety Engineers points out in a recent article, if a Target Zero goal is not implemented correctly, it can set your employees up for failure.

So what can your company do to create a Target Zero initiative employees can actually achieve? 

First, you must make sure your Target Zero goal is realistic and you have the proper safety management policies and procedures in place to support it. because the reality is humans are not perfect.

Here are a few things every company should consider before implementing a Target Zero initiative.

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Topics: Safety Management, target zero

4 Tips for Implementing Safety Software Across Your Organization

Posted by Don Brown on Jun 2, 2015 9:00:00 AM

After months of research and internal meetings, you’ve finally chosen a safety software solution to help your company manage important documents. You might be eager to finally cross that task off your list, but the reality is, your most important responsibility has just begun. 

Ensuring a smooth implementation across the workforce is essential to the success of any new safety initiative. The moment employees log on and realize something doesn’t work properly or perceive the process is too complicated, you’ve lost them. They’re not likely to use the program regularly or utilize its full potential, and your investment will have been wasted. 

This was a major concern for Robert Hammond, a site human resource manager and safety director at Roseburg Forest Products, a timber products company that began with a mere 25 employees and has grown to more than 3,000 in its 75-year history. With 12 manufacturing facilities across the United States, it lacked a uniform approach to managing important safety and compliance documents. Each site had its own system, mostly stored among cumbersome spreadsheets. It had become difficult to keep track of lost time accidents, near misses and other key statistics across the company

Hammond assisted with the implementation of BasicSafe integrated safety software across all Roseburg’s sites in January 2015 to bring a more consistent approach to safety and make it easier to identify trends. Prior to the launch, however, Hammond and other key stakeholders spent months setting up the foundation.

Here are four tips he shared for successfully implementing safety software across a large company. 

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Topics: safety software

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