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Safety Management Insights

Don Brown

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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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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