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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 systems 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.

Comparing Canned and Custom Safety Programs

With canned safety programs, workplaces have access to fixed solutions. These packages help businesses comply with safety guidelines and regulations and offer a good starting point while requiring minimal work up front. Their disadvantage though comes with the fact that they provide little to no flexibility or room for growth. So while the program can cover elements like LOTO, training and SDS, they don’t align with your company’s LOTO, training and SDS.

Custom safety programs, on the other hand, offer the flexibility that canned safety programs lack. Businesses are able to pick and choose products that are relevant to their needs as well as tailor specific details to their workplace safety initiatives. Rather 

than the company who made the software, the package is aligned with your training and is representative of your safety program. The result is a more streamlined process for keeping track of safety documents and ultimately keeping workers safe.

Why Custom Safety Programs Are the Recommended Choice

When organizations opt for a canned safety program, they often end up with more bells and whistles than they actually need. For instance, the software may include modules for managing lockout tagout when you only need it for job safety analysis. These limitations not only lead to higher costs but they also make it more difficult to locate relevant information.

Custom safety programs eliminate this problem by allowing you to purchase separate tools based on your needs. By taking this step, workplaces are able to center their safety programs around elements relevant to them and remove the added clunkiness of outside factors.

Choosing a custom safety program also brings the added benefit of flexibility within individual modules. One example is BasicSafe’s Incident and Investigation Reporting software. By customizing incident types and building checklists around them, workplaces are able to better monitor incidents and take the necessary action to prevent future issues.

Another example is our Safety Training Management software. Through this platform, safety managers can create their own training categories and assign various work groups to them. This provides organizations with an easier way of staying on top of employee safety training, including monitoring and validating their progress.

Safety managers have a lot of puzzle pieces to manage. But with the right resources in place, they can successfully manage documents, report incidents and stay in line with regulations. To learn more, download a free copy of our eBook “9 Ways To Make Your Job as a Safety Manager Easier.”

9 Ways to Make Your Job as a Safety Manager Easier