Safety Management Insights

Canned vs. Custom Safety Programs

Posted by Don Brown on Feb 12, 2018 7:25:00 AM

While safety has always been a priority in the workplace, the way businesses are approaching this topic has changed. Instead of waiting to respond to injuries, workplaces are being more proactive in locating and fixing potential hazards before they lead to employee injuries.

At the heart of these efforts is an effective safety program. These syst ems allow businesses to better train their employees on workplace safety, ensure compliance with OSHA standards and track data that pinpoints issues and fuels improvement.

While different types of safety programs share similar goals, some offer clear advantages over others. Here, we’ll compare two types — canned and custom — and see what sets them apart.

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OSHA's Top 10 Violations of 2017

Posted by Don Brown on Jan 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

With 2017 behind us, OSHA released its list of the top 10 health and safety violations based on inspections conducted throughout the year. More than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year, making this an important reference in the effort to curb workplace deaths, amputations and hospitalizations.

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New PSM Software from BasicSafe: The 109 Form Module

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

Maintaining compliance with process safety management standards requires a strategic approach. Businesses not only need to be proactive in their communications and actions but they also have to accurately track information.

Thanks to PSM software, all of the important process safety management documents can be housed in one system and easily accessed as required.

But what if there was a way to customize forms to better meet your company’s needs? The new 109 Form Module allows you to do just that.

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Job Hazards Hospitalizing Employees & What You Can Do

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

Every year, millions of workers 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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