News and Articles: BasicSafe Safety Management Software

Making Workers Accountable for Safety: 3 Companies Share What Worked

Posted by Don Brown on May 27, 2015 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to safety management strategies, no two companies are exactly alike. Different workforces, job types, job sites and company incident histories require different policies for complying with OSHA regulations and keeping employees as safe as possible.

That said, there’s a lot to be learned from companies that are doing things right.

Safety is already improving in just about every sector of the labor market, but some companies have become standouts for their low incident rates and high degrees of worker safety and satisfaction. Here are three accounts of companies that have implemented successful safety strategies.

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Topics: Safety Management, accountable for safety

What Are Safety Managers Really Worth?

Posted by Don Brown on May 21, 2015 9:00:00 AM

As a safety manager, it’s your responsibility to update safety policies, create training programs, track incidents and carry out a wide variety of other tasks to ensure your workers’ safety. Do you know what all that work is really worth? We all like to know the bottom-line impact of our jobs—especially when we might be overdue for a raise! Here are a few eye-opening statistics on the net worth of safety managers. 

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Topics: Safety Management, safety managers

OSHA Report: The Real Cost of Workplace Injuries

Posted by Don Brown on May 19, 2015 12:30:00 PM

When a worker is injured, the lost time is often just the beginning of a long, expensive road to recovery. 

A single injury can cost tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, workers’ compensation, legal fees and more. For the injured workers themselves, an incident can lead to additional, uncovered fees and reduced hours and responsibilities—not to mention all the non-monetary setbacks. The impact of workplace injuries is far-reaching, and all safety professionals need to acknowledge it. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) details these long-term consequences in its recently released report, Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job. If you’re in the process of updating your company’s safety policies—and certainly if you’re aiming for a higher safety budget—both your higher ups and workers should be aware of these findings.

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Topics: osha, workplace injuries

Should My Employees Have Access to Our Safety Software?

Posted by Don Brown on May 6, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Network access is a common concern among IT admins, not to mention any company that allows its employees to work from home. But it can also be a concern for safety administrators, particularly at companies with multiple worksites, complicated procedures and hundreds or even thousands of employees.

Should you allow everyone to access your safety software? How can you keep personal or sensitive information from getting into the wrong hands? Who should have permission to carry out certain tasks, and how will you ensure that only authorized personnel are conducting audits? These are all critical questions in today’s high-tech safety management environment.

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Topics: safety software, Integrated Safety Software

How to Choose Lockout / Tagout Software

Posted by Don Brown on Apr 29, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Lockout / tagout procedures are critically important to employee safety at any hazardous worksite, and up-to-date LOTO policies can mean the difference between an accident-free workplace and frequent incidents.

What’s more, OSHA closely monitors most industries for proper LOTO practices, and passing audits and inspections of your heavy machinery can be just as important as reporting accidents and illnesses.

Like other important safety policies, however, lockout/tagout can be difficult to track, particularly for companies with multiple facilities and jobsites. Safety software can be a great way to improve safety and efficiency, reduce operating expenses and ease regulatory burdens – all while promoting a greener, more paper-free environment.

If you’re looking for a digital solution to your LOTO organization issues, keep in mind the following considerations.

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Topics: safety software, Lockout Tagout, LOTO

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