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Safety Management Insights

9 ways to keep employees safe from cold weather work conditions

Posted by Doug Shoemaker on Dec 5, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Winter brings some of the most dangerous conditions for outdoor workers. Freezing temperatures come with new cold weather work hazards that can be mitigated by the employer and/or their occupational safety team. Although you may not be able to control the weather, you can still control the risk that employees face during the freezing months. Do you know the best work practices to keep your employees safe during cold weather?

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How to Get Employees to Participate in Safety Incentives

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

For some employees, safety is simply not top of mind. In a perfect world, everyone in your workplace would be just as dedicated as you are to preventing accidents and illnesses — but there are few companies where that’s the case. Safety and productivity may go hand in hand, but there will always be workers who simply don’t see the inherent value in your policies.

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Legal Medical Marijuana Use and Employee Safety

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 8, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Medical marijuana is now legal in 25 states (along with Washington, D.C.), and even a few states have legalized recreational cannabis. Most of these legal changes occurred within the last 10 years, and while marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, prosecuting it has become a low priority.

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BasicSafe News: CEO Safety Tips from the Top

Posted by Don Brown on May 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Is your safety program failing to achieve the desired results? Most companies have some sort of safety initiative in place, but they often fail to measure, track and improve the metrics that really matter. For instance, many of our new clients are only measuring their monthly and annual incidents. Those numbers are important, but they’re similar to casualty statistics on a battlefield. Measuring injuries does not, in and of itself, keep injuries from happening. Measuring incidents alone does not stop your employee from getting injured.

Overall, an effective safety program includes several proactive key elements: clear expectation setting, goal setting that includes safety measures, management commitment, effective measurement, auditing, inspections and action plans for improvement, buy-in from workers and support from all levels of the organization. If you’re not seeing the safety improvements your company needs—or if you want to make sure your next initiative is well-planned from the get-go—keep the following safety tips in mind.

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4 Best Practices for New Employee Safety Training

Posted by Don Brown on Oct 28, 2015 8:30:00 AM

In a perfect world, no one would ever become injured, sick or even risk their life for their job. But there are dangerous jobs out there, and somebody has to do them. For those positions, it is crucial to train all employees—particularly new employees—on the measures they must take to maintain their safety. Safety should be the No. 1 priority in these cases and employee training should reflect that.

So what can your company do to be sure all new employees are properly trained on safety policies and procedures? Here are four best practices to help you get started.

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How to Integrate Safety into Your Company Culture

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

Plenty of people understand the importance of worksite safety – but has it become an integral part of your company’s culture? Work-related accidents and illnesses shouldn’t just be pertinent issues after the incidents have occurred. Instead, their awareness and avoidance should be on everyone’s minds throughout every workday.

Creating a more safety-oriented culture is often easier said than done, however. Policies and procedures must be altered, workflows have to change, and employees may need to adopt new attitudes regarding the relationship between safety and productivity. To make the job easier, follow these tips to integrate safety into your company culture.

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What Are The Most Costly Workplace Injuries?

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 26, 2015 8:30:00 AM

As a safety manager, you understand the importance of continually improving the safety of your organization. A safer workplace not only results in fewer incidents; it fosters a happier, more productive workplace and benefits everyone’s bottom line.

Still, it’s easy to lose track of the true costs of workplace injuries. You may be making continual improvements at your company, but do you really understand the short- and long-term effects of the accidents that do occur?

Consider this: Workplace injuries and fatalities cost the United States economy a whopping $62 billion in 2016, according to the National Safety Council. What’s more, the Safety Management Group has found that the average direct cost of an injury is roughly $48,000, and indirect costs often approach $200,000. Even assuming a generous profit margin, that means well over $2 million in additional revenue is required to offset the loss! For most companies, cutting corners on safety only leads to losses – both of life and profits.

Of course, even the most conscientious companies are going to have to pick and choose when it comes to their safety spending. According to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, here are the ten most costly workplace injuries

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SLIDESHARE: This Year’s OSHA Safety Policy Updates

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 24, 2015 8:00:00 AM

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is constantly updating its rules and regulations in accordance with recent investigations, incidents, legislation and public demands. Some of these policies carry hefty consequences for non-compliance, and even small employers have to stay up to speed.

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14 Quotes to Strengthen Your Safety Culture

Posted by Doug Shoemaker on Aug 7, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Looking for some inspiration to create a stronger safety culture? These quotes from famous safety professionals and public figures will provoke some thought.

These are timeless words to live by from safety and leadership experts throughout history. Share them in your emails, or use them to create posters.

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What Are the 4 Most Common Causes of Workplace Injuries?

Posted by Don Brown on Jul 31, 2014 8:30:00 AM

When catastrophe strikes, it’s human nature to look for someone or something to blame.

But the reality is close to 90 percent of all workplace injuries are caused by the worker’s own unsafe actions. 

Although injuries are physical and visceral, they’re more often rooted in something that’s much less visible—a worker’s attitude or state of mind. 

Here’s a look at four mindsets most likely to cause accidents and what you can do to prevent them. 

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