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Safety Management Insights

Required: OSHA Electronic Submittal Beginning July 2017

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM

OSHA’s Final Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses went into effect in January. Intended to “nudge” employers into focusing more on safety, this rule requires employers to electronically submit injury and illness data.

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How to Respond to and Fix an OSHA Violation

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Most companies know that workplace safety is important, and they do their best to follow regulations. Still, mistakes happen and even cautious companies will sometimes commit OSHA violations. A citation is a dreaded event, to be sure, but what about the aftermath? How should you proceed once your violation is on the books?

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How to Conduct In-House Audits to Prepare for OSHA Inspections

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 9, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Are internal safety audits really necessary? OSHA audits probably seem “bad enough,” especially if you ask the workers and administrators who feel like their every move is being scrutinized. Nobody likes being put under the microscope, and extra inspections cost time, money and morale.

Still, the benefits of in-house audits far outweigh the downside. They may require additional upfront investments, but the long-term savings more than make up for it. 

The benefits of internal audits include:

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The Best Way to Handle Safety Audits

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 19, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Auditing – it’s nobody’s favorite job, but it has to be done. Safety auditors perform one of the most critical tasks at any company, and their work is often responsible for preventing accidents and illnesses far into the future. Even the most safety-conscious workers and administrators may overlook unsafe conditions as they perform their safety audits, while auditors’ sole responsibility is to root out danger.

Still, building and executing a thorough safety audit can be a tough task even for an experienced auditor. From fact-finding to review to recommendations and corrective actions, there’s a dizzying amount of data to manage.

One of the best tools to handle all this data is BasicSafe’s Audit Management software. Manually building an audit from paper-based records may seem like a monumental task, but an EHS software solution makes the process for more manageable. Here are some important functions you can accomplish with BasicSafe’s audit management tool.

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5 Questions to Consider When Choosing Safety Auditing Software

Posted by Don Brown on Apr 8, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Conducting safety audits is an important part of your job, and managing them digitally is a great way to eliminate cabinets full of paper files.

However, not all safety auditing software is equally useful. There are several types on the market today, ranging from bare-bones systems that are little more than glorified file managers to Cadillac-style tools that come with a lot of extra features you don’t need—plus a hefty price tag.

How do you know which type of software is right for your company? Here are five questions to consider as you make your decision.

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4 Ways to Be A Better Environmental Compliance Manager

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 5, 2014 8:30:00 AM

In many ways, managing environmental compliance is like trying to hit a moving target—and working under the gun to do it. Regulations are constantly changing, but the deadlines are unforgiving. 

If you feel like you’re stuck in a never-ending cycle of falling behind, it’s time to get ahead. Here are four ways to manage environmental compliance more efficiently. 

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You Asked, We Answered: 3 New Safety Tools Created for Customers

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 4, 2014 8:30:00 AM

When a customer comes to us with a unique problem, we strive to respond with a customized solution. It’s one of the benefits of being a self-sufficient safety software company, and it’s what we do best. 

Our customers have requested several custom safety tools over the past year, and now we’re excited to make three of them available to everyone.

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Three Surprising Ways Safety Pros Are Using Our EHS Software

Posted by Don Brown on Jun 26, 2014 8:30:00 AM

If you’ve been using BasicSafe's integrated safety software, you probably already know our audit management software allows you to upload existing audits, create new ones and set up reminders for the next round.

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What Are Best Practices for Using Hazardous Energy Controls?

Posted by Don Brown on Jun 18, 2014 2:57:26 PM

With many plants powering down for a few weeks over the summer, workers need to remember that simply shutting down equipment doesn’t make it safe.

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What Safety Managers Should Know About Injuries in Food Processing

Posted by Don Brown on Jun 11, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Wholesale food producers and distributors place a great deal of emphasis on safe handling practices to protect consumers, but there are inherent hazards to workers, too.

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