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News and Articles: BasicSafe Safety Management Software

Common Workplace Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Posted by Don Brown on Apr 26, 2016 8:30:00 AM

workplace-injury-prevention.jpgInjuries are inevitable. As much as we might strive toward that coveted zero-incident goal, at some point, someone will get hurt on the job. Fortunately, there’s plenty of data available on the most prevalent work-related injuries, as well as plenty of steps you can take to prevent them. To keep your company compliant, review the following sources of injury, and make sure your policies include steps for prevention.

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Topics: Incident Reporting, Incident Reporting and Investigation

What CEOs Should Know About Safety Compliance

Posted by Don Brown on Apr 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

safety-compliance-ceo.jpgCompliance initiatives must be company-wide efforts. From the CEO to the most junior employee, every stakeholder at your company needs to be on board if they want to keep your company safe. However, CEOs often get sidetracked, and their day-to-day tasks make it all too easy to put safety on the back burner.

Even so, there are several ways to keep safety top-of-mind for executives. The process begins and ends with a thorough understanding of the importance, impacts and best practices of safety policies and procedures. Following are a few of the most important things for CEOs to understand about safety compliance.

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Topics: safety compliance

Safety Software and Business Privacy Issues

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 31, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Privacy has been a major issue recently. Between government surveillance, data breaches and information leaks, stakeholders in every industry are wondering how well their information is protected —if at all. High-profile data breaches and government intrusions are even bringing privacy and security to the forefront of consumers’ minds.

At the same time, employees often wonder whether they have any privacy at all. The measures companies take to protect trade secrets, strategies and other sensitive data can seem intrusive, to say the least, and the resulting lack of privacy can easily hinder workplace morale. The same is often true of electronically enhanced safety measures, many of which require tracking, surveillance and insights into workers’ health information.

Fortunately, employers and employees can still work together to protect their information—all the while providing for safe, productive workplaces. Striking a balance between employee privacy and employer security isn’t always easy, but it can be done. Following are a few helpful strategies.

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Topics: safety software

The Costs of Not Enforcing Safety Policies and Procedures

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The details, costs and levels of severity may vary by company and industry, but every business will have its own safety policies and procedures. While every enterprise needs to strictly enforce its policies, however, many do not. These companies eventually find themselves in hot water with government agencies, at the centers of lawsuits for serious injuries, illnesses and unnecessary deaths.

Failure to provide a safe workplace doesn’t just lead to legal troubles and unnecessary accidents, either. It severely and negatively impacts a company’s bottom line. OSHA fines and litigation costs are bad enough, but the true costs appear in compromised productivity. To create the safest, most productive workplaces possible, employers need to understand the costs of not enforcing safety policies and safety procedures.

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Topics: Safety Procedures

How to Respond to and Fix an OSHA Violation

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Most companies know that workplace safety is important, and they do their best to follow regulations. Still, mistakes happen and even cautious companies will sometimes commit OSHA violations. A citation is a dreaded event, to be sure, but what about the aftermath? How should you proceed once your violation is on the books?

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to turn things around. In fact, 60 of the 330 companies in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program in 2012 obtained removals from the program within two years. By fully understanding your rights and responsibilities following a violation, you not only can restore good standing with OSHA—you can actually turn your business around for the better and provide a safer, more productive workplace. Here’s how.

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Topics: safety software, Audit Management

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