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Safety Management Insights

Investing In the Right Personal Protective Equipment

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 20, 2016 8:30:00 AM

OSHA regulations and the safety initiatives that have risen around them have made a major impact on the number of worker deaths in the last four decades. Worker deaths in the United States are down, on average, from about 38 deaths per day in 1970 to 13 in 2014. What’s more, injuries and illnesses are down from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to just 3.3 per 100 in 2014.

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New BasicSafe Home Page Video

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Have you clicked on the “Watch How it Works” button on our new home page? We’ve created a brand new video to explain the basics of BasicSafe, a comprehensive safety software suite for safety managers, HR managers, supervisors and the many others involved in keeping workers safe.

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How to Protect Your Outdoor Workers from the Zika Virus

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 6, 2016 8:30:00 AM

With all of the travel to and from Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games, a typically rare, unknown illness has come to the United States—the Zika virus. Typically found in isolated outbreaks in Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific, Zika presents mildly in patients but with severe symptoms in the children of affected, pregnant women.

Unfortunately, Zika is transmitted primarily through mosquitoes, and now that travelers are coming back to the United States en masse from Brazil, the virus’ spread is a major risk. This risk is especially concerning for outdoor workers, who spend eight or more hours per day in the presence of mosquitoes. If you’re responsible for the health and safety of outdoor workers at your company, you need to understand as much as possible about this disease’s signs, symptoms and preventive measures.

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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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