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Safety Management Insights

How to Jump-Start Your PSM

Posted by Doug Shoemaker on Oct 15, 2018 8:45:00 AM

Largely due to catastrophes in the oil industry, OSHA issued its first Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations in 1992. Designed to encourage the safer manufacture, storage and handling of highly hazardous chemicals (HHC), these regulations are largely contained within the Chemical Facilities PSM National Emphasis Program, often known as the PSM-NEP.

The PSM-NEP has seen several updates since its creation, and the last decade has seen quite an uptick in relevant infractions. In fact, from 2010 to 2017, OSHA issued more than 69 PSM enforcement cases. To ensure your company stays compliant, avoids fines and continues to improve employee safety, use the following tips to give your Process Safety Management program a boost.

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Why Taking Your Safety Strategy Digital is the Way to Go

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 14, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The job of a safety manager is never complete. From accident prevention to investigations to training, your plate is always full – and documentation is always looming over your head. For companies large and small, keeping track of incident reports, Job Safety Analyses and all of OSHA’s required forms is a job in itself. 

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Avoid These 6 Mistakes When an Injured Employee Returns to Work

Posted by Doug Shoemaker on Aug 13, 2018 9:05:00 AM

Accident prevention is always the best way to reduce injuries, illnesses and related costs. Mistakes do happen, however, and employees often find themselves off the job for a few weeks or even months. 

When an accident does occur, it’s critical that you and your team do everything in your power to help develop an effective return to work plan for your employee. A solid return to work plan will not only keep your employees safe, it can improve your productivity and significantly reduce incident-related costs. To improve your return to work plans, try to avoid the following six mistakes when your injured employees come back to work.

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How a Safety Management System Can Reduce Costs to Insurance Companies

Posted by Doug Shoemaker on Jul 23, 2018 10:00:00 AM

From manufacturing to construction to agriculture, most industries involve some level of risk. For workers, these risks require a thoughtful consideration of the payout and potential. For employers, risks require insurance.

Insuring your employees against injury and illness has long been one of the basic costs of doing business. However, relying on insurance alone will benefit neither you nor your workers. Ultimately, keeping workers safe and costs under control requires preventive practices and safe behaviors.

A well-planned safety program is the best way to implement these practices into your workers’ day-to-day workflows. In fact, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has determined that successful health and safety programs reduce injury and illness costs by 20 to 40 percent. The following are a few of the most important ways a safety management system reduces costs to insurance companies and, ultimately, to you.

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Solo Safety Team? 7 Tips to Organize, Optimize and Meet Your Goals

Posted by Doug Shoemaker on Jun 13, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Is your company’s safety team a one-employee operation? If so, you know how tough it can be to stay organized, stay compliant and implement effective changes.

OSHA fines are at an all-time high, however, and even if your company is trying to keep personnel costs low, it’s more important than ever to optimize your safety processes and avoid costly mistakes.

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to get a greater return on your timeinvestment. By focusing on the biggest bang-for-your-buck activities, you can provide for a safer, more productive workforce without incurring significant costs or hiring new personnel. Here are 7 tips to help you do just that.

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8 Signs Management Isn’t Aligned with Your Safety Culture

Posted by Don Brown on May 14, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Your company culture will make or break the success of your safety initiatives. You can create the best policies, procedures and training programs, but if stakeholders companywide aren’t concerned with creating a safer workplace, it’ll be tough to realize lasting results.

While your executives can positively impact your culture, your management team is ultimately responsible for creating it. The people to whom your workers directly report will have the greatest impact on their attitudes towards (and compliance with) your safety initiatives, and it’s critical that you get them on board.

To that end, it’s important to understand the telltale signs your management team is not on board, so you can adjust your program and communication efforts accordingly. Here are eight of the most common indicators your higher-ups aren’t aligned with your safety culture.

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What Sets BasicSafe Apart from Other Safety Management Software

Posted by Don Brown on Apr 16, 2018 8:45:00 AM

Between regulatory changes, organizational growth and ever-increasing pressure to reduce incident rates, safety managers certainly have their hands full. Fortunately, the last decade has seen a tremendous boom in the popularity of safety management software. There are plenty of solutions available that assist safety personnel in their day-to-day roles, from accident tracking to training to document management.

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Sending Employees Home Safe with BasicSafe

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 12, 2018 6:50:00 AM

Nearly 50 years ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was passed with the goal of helping workers return home safe and sound. While employers have made significant strides since then, there is still plenty of room for improvement, and OSHA auditors are keeping a close eye on companies’ adherence to safety regulations.

Legal obligations aside, it’s in every employer’s best interest to provide the safest possible workplace to their employees. Safer workers are happier and more productive, and reducing incidents leads to lower costs across the board.

Of course, providing for a safer workplace is easier said than done, particularly when managing mountains of related paperwork or multiple different softwares. Here are a few of the most important ways you can use BasicSafe safety software to digitize your efforts and consistently send employees home safe.

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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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