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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

How to Make the Most of Your Toolbox Talks

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 2, 2015 8:30:00 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

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