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Safety Management Insights

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 Outdated fines may have been manageable in recent years, but with penalties in lockstep with the CPI, many companies will need to bolster their safety programs to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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New Silica Rule

Posted by Don Brown on Jul 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

OSHA finally released its controversial rule on crystalline silica exposure, which went into effect June 23. This rule marks the first mandated reduction in silica exposure limits since 1971, and it will significantly impact both leadership and employees in a wide range of industries. Here are a few things you’ll want to know about the ruling – its reasons, its requirements and the effects it will have on you and the personnel you keep safe.

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Protecting Your Workers in Extreme Heat

Posted by Don Brown on Jul 12, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Summer is here—and so is the heat. With sky-high temperatures and humidity levels, working outdoors and even indoors can be dangerous and even life-threatening to workers. Heat also has a variety of indirect adverse effects, including equipment failures, shut-downs and worker distraction.

But your productivity doesn’t have to a take a nose-dive during the summer months. Warmer weather actually creates a great environment for heavy work, as long as you manage the dangers appropriately. Following are a few important hazards to be aware of—and ways you can make protecting your workers in extreme heat easy.

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BasicSafe News: CEO Safety Tips from the Top

Posted by Don Brown on May 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Is your safety program failing to achieve the desired results? Most companies have some sort of safety initiative in place, but they often fail to measure, track and improve the metrics that really matter. For instance, many of our new clients are only measuring their monthly and annual incidents. Those numbers are important, but they’re similar to casualty statistics on a battlefield. Measuring injuries does not, in and of itself, keep injuries from happening. Measuring incidents alone does not stop your employee from getting injured.

Overall, an effective safety program includes several proactive key elements: clear expectation setting, goal setting that includes safety measures, management commitment, effective measurement, auditing, inspections and action plans for improvement, buy-in from workers and support from all levels of the organization. If you’re not seeing the safety improvements your company needs—or if you want to make sure your next initiative is well-planned from the get-go—keep the following safety tips in mind.

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The Importance of Safety Software to the Construction Industry

Posted by Don Brown on May 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Construction has always been a dangerous business. According to OSHA, one of every five worker deaths in 2014 was in construction, and the majority were caused by falls, electrocutions and falling objects. What’s more, OSHA has reported that one in 10 construction workers are injured every year, and that over the course of a 45-year career, a construction worker has a 1 in 200 chance of dying on the job.

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What’s New in BasicSafe’s Web-Based Safety Software

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

BasicSafe’s product offerings have evolved considerably since we created our first suite of web-based safety software in 2006. We began with a client who needed a one-stop shop for their safety needs—a more efficient, lower-cost alternative to purchasing multiple programs and hiring custom developers. From the plant floor to the back office, we set out to develop a system that would make every employee safer, healthier and more efficient on the job.

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Common Workplace Injuries and How to Prevent Them

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

Injuries are inevitable. As much as we might strive toward that coveted zero-incident goal, at some point, someone will get hurt on the job. Fortunately, there’s plenty of data available on the most prevalent work-related injuries, as well as plenty of steps you can take to prevent them. To keep your company compliant, review the following sources of injury, and make sure your policies include steps for prevention.

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