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Safety Management Insights

Doug Shoemaker

State Agencies Choose BasicSafe

Posted by Doug Shoemaker on Jun 28, 2019 12:40:18 PM

If you work for a State Agency looking for better or easier ways to manage environmental, health, and/or safety (EHS)- look no further! 

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6 EHS Software Hacks That Supercharge Your Productivity

Posted by Doug Shoemaker on Jun 10, 2019 8:45:00 AM

As a safety professional, you’re always on the lookout for ways to improve your workers’ well-being while also staying within your budget. At the same time, your company’s executives and board members aim to push productivity to new heights.

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Is Your Company Losing Its EHS Budget on Purpose?

Posted by Doug Shoemaker on May 13, 2019 8:45:00 AM

Cut costs while maintaining or improving performance: it’s a common mandate at companies large and small, and management is expected to respond with a can-do attitude. Of course, such a tall order is easier said than done. While any team can be at least a little more efficient, results are inevitably tied to the number of resources invested.

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Make Your Safety Software Do Double Duty to Boost Productivity

Posted by Doug Shoemaker on Mar 11, 2019 8:45:00 AM

You want to be the person who saves your company money by making clever decisions that stretch dollars to address multiple goals at once. To do this, select safety software that can serve double duty, helping in other facets of your business. You’ll help your company’s bottom line and win your colleagues’ favor.

We’ll give you a quick summary of your safety software’s multi-purpose capability, and why it is the software solution that can provide value for your entire business.

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Protect Yourself From The Safety Pyramid

Posted by Doug Shoemaker on Feb 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM

As an effective executive whose company runs smoothly, you strive to have satisfied employees and a good business reputation. But all of that gets disrupted when someone gets injured at your workplace. The incident affects more than just the victim — it tarnishes team morale and places a stigma on your brand.

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Valuable Safety Resources You Probably Didn’t Know About

Posted by Doug Shoemaker on Dec 10, 2018 8:45:00 AM

 Between meetings, employee training, incident investigations, and seemingly endless documentation requirements, a safety manager’s job is never done. At companies large and small, they often take on additional responsibilities, as well, including first aid, emergency planning and assistance to legal counsel.

Fortunately, there are a few safety resources that can make the job easier, particularly where information gathering and documentation are concerned. If you’re trying to squeeze twelve hours of work into an eight-hour day, the following sources of information may be just what you need.

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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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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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