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How to Make the Most of Your Toolbox Talks

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 2, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Employee involvement is critical to improving the safety of your company. Simply instructing workers on new policies and procedures generates little to no buy-in, and it may even make them feel as if safety is out of their hands. People learn best by becoming engaged in the learning process, and gathering employees’ input helps them understand how new rules and regulations will apply to their jobs.

How can you better engage your employees? 

One of the best methods is the toolbox talk, a group discussion where workers and safety managers focus on specific issues together. Toolbox talks are informal and brief, and they can be used weekly and even daily to improve your company’s safety culture. They can also give workers a sense of responsibility for their own safety, which will lead to fewer accidents, illnesses and related costs in the long run.

Chances are, you’re already conducting at least a few toolbox talks already, but there’s always room for improvement. From better employee feedback to measurably improved outcomes, you’ll certainly be able to tell when your talks become more effective. Here are a few tips for making the most of them.

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Topics: toolbox talk

What Are The Most Costly Workplace Injuries?

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 26, 2015 7:30:00 AM

As a safety manager, you understand the importance of continually improving the safety of your organization. A safer workplace not only results in fewer incidents; it fosters a happier, more productive workplace and benefits everyone’s bottom line.

Still, it’s easy to lose track of the true costs of workplace injuries. You may be making continual improvements at your company, but do you really understand the short- and long-term effects of the accidents that do occur?

Consider this: Workplace injuries and fatalities cost the United States economy a whopping $198.2 billion in 2014, according to the National Safety Council. What’s more, the Safety Management Group has found that the average direct cost of an injury is roughly $48,000, and indirect costs often approach $200,000. Even assuming a generous profit margin, that means well over $2 million in additional revenue is required to offset the loss! For most companies, cutting corners on safety only leads to losses – both of life and profits.

On the other hand, spending on safety ahead of time clearly pays off. According to the 2005 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, 60 percent of surveyed companies reported that every $1 invested in injury prevention resulted in a return of $2 or more.

Of course, even the most conscientious companies are going to have to pick and choose when it comes to their safety spending. According to the 2014 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, here are the nine most costly workplace injuries

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Topics: workplace injuries

Building Safety Audits from the Ground Up

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 19, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Auditing – it’s nobody’s favorite job, but it has to be done. Safety auditors perform one of the most critical tasks at any company, and their work is often responsible for preventing accidents and illnesses far into the future. Even the most safety-conscious workers and administrators may overlook unsafe conditions as they perform their safety audits, while auditors’ sole responsibility is to root out danger.

Still, building and executing a thorough audit can be a tough task even for an experienced auditor. From fact-finding to review to recommendations and corrective actions, there’s a dizzying amount of data to manage.

One of the best tools to handle all this data is BasicSafe’s Audit Management software. Manually building an audit from paper-based records may seem like a monumental task, but an integrated safety software solution makes the process for more manageable. Here are some important functions you can accomplish with BasicSafe’s audit management tool.

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Topics: Safety Management, Audit Management

Why the Best Managers Are No Substitute for a Safety Software System

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 11, 2015 11:13:00 AM

Safety management is a critical job in almost every industry. Most companies contend with increasingly stringent requirements regarding workplace safety, accident reduction and illness prevention, as well as laws that govern the documentation of each and every safety measure. Not surprisingly, safety managers are garnering greater demand than ever before, and their skills and education have become far more specialized throughout the last few decades.

However, while companies small and large need sharp personnel who can manage and comply with all of these requirements, even the best managers are no substitute for an effective safety software system. Likewise, no software tool can replace the expertise and hands-on abilities of an effective manager. Here are a few reasons why both are essential to company’s worker safety and regulatory compliance, and why the software complements a manager’s skills.

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Topics: safety software system

How to Manage Safety Actions Like a Pro

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 4, 2015 11:12:55 AM

It’s easy enough to tell one person to do one task and follow up with that employee later. But what do you do when you have hundreds or even thousands of safety-related tasks to distribute among hundreds of workers? How do you keep track of who’s done what – and when – and follow up to make sure every job gets completed before its deadline? 

Different sets and subsets of tasks may have different timelines, urgencies and degrees of skill involved, and you’ve got to track all of these variables to keep operations running smoothly and safely at your company.

Done by hand, task management can seem impossible, particularly when you’re implementing new safety policies or carrying out company-wide training exercises. With the BasicSafe Action Management tool, however, keeping track of complicated sets of tasks and assignees is quick and easy. 

Here are four ways the tool empowers safety managers and saves time.

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Topics: Safety Management, Action Management

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