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Safety Management Insights

Are Your Safety Efforts Ready for 2017?

Posted by Don Brown on Jan 16, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Is your safety team ready for the new year now that 2016 has come to a close? Between tighter regulations, ever-changing record-keeping requirements and a few new OSHA rules, there are plenty of matters to keep in mind. Just as important are your internal affairs: tracking incidents, training employees and continuing to foster a culture that puts safety first. If you’re feeling overwhelmed — or if you just want to make sure your ducks are in a row — use these guidelines as you plan for a safe and productive 2017.

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Strategies for Multi-Employer Worksite Safety

Posted by Don Brown on Jan 9, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Multi-employer worksites have come under far greater scrutiny in the last few years because so many contractors are working together, merging or collaborating with the federal government on large-scale construction projects. Contractors are also classifying full-time employees as part-time or temporary.

In addition to the legal liabilities these situations present, multi-employer worksites have many unique hazards. Differing safety policies, standard practices and training levels can create an uneven playing field where many workers are ill-prepared for — or unaware of — the dangers of their surroundings.

Ultimately, whether you’re partnering with a staffing agency, hiring independent contractors or working alongside another firm, you’ll need to keep in mind a few of the most important strategies for multi-employer worksite safety.

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BasicSafe’s Award-Winning Clients

Posted by Kevin Shoemaker on Jan 2, 2017 8:30:00 AM

We at BasicSafe pride ourselves on our ability to help companies across the country maintain safety policies and procedures to keep their work environments safe. It is an honor to help our clients with their safety and compliance efforts.

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OSHA's Top 10 Violations of 2016

Posted by Don Brown on Dec 12, 2016 8:30:00 AM

As 2016 draws to a close, OSHA released its list of the top 10 health and safety violations based on over 31,000 inspections conducted throughout the year. More than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year, making this an important reference in the effort to curb workplace deaths, amputations and hospitalizations.

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How to Keep Your Employees safe during cold weather

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

Winter presents some of the most dangerous conditions for outdoor workers. Do you know how to keep your employees safe during cold weather? Test your knowledge with our cold-weather quiz!

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Effective Tips for Workplace Housekeeping

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 29, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Effective housekeeping is crucial for workplace safety and efficiency. A clean environment reduces hazards and distractions, while clutter increases the likelihood of falls, spills and other dangerous incidents. The following are 10 effective tips for workplace housekeeping you can use to create a safer environment at your company.

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Keeping Employees Safe During the Holidays

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The holiday season is fast approaching and between inclement weather, poorly trained temporary workers and a host of other hazards, your employees may face more dangers than at any other time of the year. Stress, fatigue and holiday indulgences can also make workers less safe — as can rushing to meet end-of-year deadlines.

Avoid Excessive OvertimeOverall, workplace safety may require some extra work in the winter, particularly if your employees are on the job outdoors. To keep everyone as safe as possible, heed the following holiday tips.

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How to Get Employees to Participate in Safety Incentives

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

For some employees, safety is simply not top of mind. In a perfect world, everyone in your workplace would be just as dedicated as you are to preventing accidents and illnesses — but there are few companies where that’s the case. Safety and productivity may go hand in hand, but there will always be workers who simply don’t see the inherent value in your policies.

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Legal Medical Marijuana Use and Employee Safety

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

Medical marijuana is now legal in 25 states (along with Washington, D.C.), and even a few states have legalized recreational cannabis. Most of these legal changes occurred within the last 10 years, and while marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, prosecuting it has become a low priority.

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Talking Safety and Showcasing Software at Recent Conferences

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

BasicSafe attended two major conferences this month: the 2016 Southern Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Conference, and the National Safety Council Congress & Expo. We had a great time talking safety with other big players in the industry, and we educated plenty of people on the growing need for consistent, computerized safety documentation. Here’s a quick recap of the past couple of weeks.

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