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Safety Management Insights

Job Hazards Hospitalizing Employees & What You Can Do

Posted by Don Brown on Dec 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Every year, millions of works suffer non-fatal workplace injuries — 6 million to be exact. This results in an annual cost of $125 billion for U.S. businesses, a good chunk of which goes to employee hospital stays.

To save on costs and improve workplace safety, it’s important to first understand which job hazards are leading to hospitalizations. Here are some common sources.

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Details Behind the Compliance Delay in 300A Submission

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

*As of December 5, 2017, OSHA has again delayed the deadline to December 15, 2017.

It was just a few months ago that we first reported on OSHA’s final rule for improving the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. As you may recall, this rule required that employers record workers’ injuries and illnesses electronically.

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How to Avoid OSHA 300 Recordkeeping Mistakes

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Workplace injuries and illnesses can occur at any time or place. While companies strive to prevent such events, they need to know how to handle them when they do occur. This includes knowing how to properly record them.

OSHA Form 300 is the first form to fill out in these cases; it is one of several forms that can be digitally filed and tracked via BasicSafe’s Incident Investigation and Reporting Module. Unless companies fall under the small employer or low-hazard industry exemptions, they will need to log work-related injuries and illnesses here as they occur throughout the year.

To help you avoid OSHA 300 recordkeeping mistakes, follow these tips on how to properly fill out the form.

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Proactive Safety Management Now Saves Companies Later

Posted by Don Brown on Oct 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

With a proactive approach, safety managers can improve workplace safety. Despite their own actions, safety managers may feel like they’re fighting against their company’s reactive safety culture.

Consider this in the sense of workplace injuries. When safety managers take a proactive approach, they must respond to fewer injuries. This not only improves the employee experience but it also saves on company costs.

Now imagine if the entire company adopted this same approach. The injuries and costs would become far lower, while the employee experience would continue to improve.

It’s clear that staying on top of safety efforts can help reduce avoidable workplace injuries. The key is for safety managers to encourage their companies to adopt the same sentiment. Here are some ways to do that.

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5 Common Workplace Safety Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Posted by Don Brown on Oct 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Many factors contribute to making employees feel valued. One way employers can achieve this is by creating a safe workplace.

This is easier said than done. With common safety mistakes continuing to pop up in the workplace and on OSHA violation lists, companies are encouraged to revisit their safety strategies to ensure greater effectiveness.

Here, we’ll discuss some of these workplace safety mistakes and highlight tips on how to avoid them.

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How to Transform Your Company’s Outlook on Safety

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Even today, some companies don't make workplace safety a top priority. A definitive, written safety management system is essential to the long-term success of any company. But getting your employees to transform their outlook on safety can be tough if they have no incentive for buy-in.

Employee involvement is critical to improving the safety of your company. Simply instructing workers on new policies and procedures isn’t enough.

So, to help you and your employees understand what makes a safety program work effectively, let’s take a look at some tactics you can try to transform your company’s outlook on safety.

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How On-the-Job Accidents and Fatalities Affect Your Company

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If your safety policies and procedures are thorough, well-documented and consistently implemented, your company may go months, or even years, without an incident. With the right equipment and training, as well as input from employees at every level, it is possible to reach the coveted zero-incident goal.

On-the-job accidents and fatalities still can happen, and you need to be prepared to handle them. Deaths and debilitating injuries are hard on everyone involved: workers, families, friends and co-workers. They also can have far-reaching, long-lasting effects on your company’s bottom line, productivity and morale. Here are a few of the most important effects to keep in mind as you’re designing your safety programs and requesting funds.

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Introducing the New Risk Assessment Tool

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

BasicSafe is pleased to announce the availability of a new Risk Assessment tool. The tool allows you to create detailed risk analysis for ongoing tasks, various operations, or for any project. A part of the comprehensive BasicSafe safety software suite, this module will score risks along with the effectiveness of the controls you have in place to control these risks.

This will give you the ability to prioritize your company’s next safety steps based on the highest risk and most impactful activities. The following are the Risk Assessment tool’s primary selections and features.

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Best Practices During an OSHA Inspection

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Nobody enjoys an OSHA inspection, and no matter how many times you’ve dealt with the agency, a visit from an inspector can still cause fear and anxiety. Between fines, penalties and bad PR, noncompliance can land even an honest employer in hot water, and it’s important for every organization to stay on top of new regulations and worker complaints.

Fortunately, OSHA itself must follow plenty of rules, and knowing their protocols can help you prepare for an inspection — even when you don’t know they’re coming. The following are a few best practices to follow during (and before) an inspection.

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Using JHAs to Mitigate Fall Hazards

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 7, 2017 3:30:00 PM

A job hazard analysis, often referred to as a job safety analysis or task hazard analysis, is an excellent way to systematically reduce the dangers within your worksites. OSHA also recommends them for the reduction of workplace injuries and illnesses, and well-documented JHAs could help you out during an audit.

JHAs are particularly useful for rooting out and mitigating the causes of falls — an all-too-common source of on-the-job injuries. One of OSHA’s “Fatal Four,” falls accounted for 364 out of 937 total deaths in the U.S. construction industry in 2015. Following are a few steps for using JHAs to mitigate fall hazards in your organization.

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