News and Articles: BasicSafe Safety Management Software

7 Best Practices for Protecting Solitary Workers

Posted by Don Brown on Oct 7, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Watching out for fellow workers is one of the most important aspects of jobsite safety. But what can you do when nobody else is around? Solitary workers exist in plenty of industries, and they’re only becoming more common as new technologies eliminate the need for larger teams. What’s more, you’re responsible for protecting your employees whether they’re surrounded by workmates or all alone. The following are a few best practices for keeping your solitary workers safe, day after day.

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Topics: Safety Management, lone worker

How to Integrate Safety into Your Company Culture

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

Plenty of people understand the importance of worksite safety – but has it become an integral part of your company’s culture? Work-related accidents and illnesses shouldn’t just be pertinent issues after the incidents have occurred. Instead, their awareness and avoidance should be on everyone’s minds throughout every workday.

Creating a more safety-oriented culture is often easier said than done, however. Policies and procedures must be altered, workflows have to change, and employees may need to adopt new attitudes regarding the relationship between safety and productivity. To make the job easier, follow these tips to integrate safety into your company culture.

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Topics: Safety Management, safety culture

Why Reporting Near-Miss Incidents Can Help Your Company

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 23, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Running up an icy flight of stairs. 
Tripping and catching onto something to break a fall. 
Jumping out of the way of an oncoming vehicle just in time.

Every day, workers narrowly avoid accidents that could have resulted in serious injury.

These near-miss incidents serve as a warning to companies that procedures must be reconsidered to avoid serious injury or death. Research has shown that major incidents typically are preceded by near-misses, meaning they could have been avoided had the near-miss been reported.

But employers will only know that these situations have occurred if they are reported accurately.

Here are three ways near-miss reporting can help improve safety procedures.

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Topics: Safety Management, Safety Procedures

Why Your Safety Documents Need to Be Accessible

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 16, 2015 8:30:00 AM

With the constant connectivity of today’s world, both employees and management are expected to be more accessible. 

Fortunately for safety managers, staying connected to employees has never been easier.

The wealth of tech tools available to communicate with employees allows for real-time updates on progress and the ability to instantly relay important messages. Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have contributed to this instant accessibility, redefining the boundaries of the traditional workplace. 

Despite this revolution, some companies are not taking full advantage of being accessible to their employees. In case your company has yet to take the plunge, here are a few reasons why your safety procedures should be accessible to those who need this information most.

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Topics: Safety Management, safety documents

How to Conduct In-House Audits to Prepare for OSHA Inspections

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 9, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Are internal safety audits really necessary? OSHA audits probably seem “bad enough,” especially if you ask the workers and administrators who feel like their every move is being scrutinized. Nobody likes being put under the microscope, and extra inspections cost time, money and morale.

Still, the benefits of in-house audits far outweigh the downside. They may require additional upfront investments, but the long-term savings more than make up for it. 

The benefits of internal audits include:

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Topics: Audit Management, inspection, in-house audits

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