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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 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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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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How On-the-Job Accidents and Fatalities Affect Your Company

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If your safety policies and procedures are thorough, well-documented and consistently implemented, your company may go months, or even years, without an incident. With the right equipment and training, as well as input from employees at every level, it is possible to reach the coveted zero-incident goal.

On-the-job accidents and fatalities still can happen, and you need to be prepared to handle them. Deaths and debilitating injuries are hard on everyone involved: workers, families, friends and co-workers. They also can have far-reaching, long-lasting effects on your company’s bottom line, productivity and morale. Here are a few of the most important effects to keep in mind as you’re designing your safety programs and requesting funds.

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Top Tips for an Efficient New Safety Management System Software

Posted by Don Brown on Jun 12, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Are you ready to implement a safety software suite in your organization? With a toolset like BasicSafe, fields, forms and templates are structured, yet customizable with dynamic settings you can control and modify — but that doesn’t mean adoption will be automatic. Even the best-designed tools and plans won’t take effect until they’re properly implemented.

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Make the Case for Sustainability at Work for Now and the Future

Posted by Don Brown on May 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Are you pushing for greater sustainability within your organization? To some, the word is all but synonymous with environmentalism, but environmental concerns are just one facet of a sustainable business. In fact, according to OSHA, “employers are only truly sustainable when they ensure the safety, health and welfare of their workers.”

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How to Effectively Track Your Company’s Safety Performance

Posted by Don Brown on May 1, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Are your training programs helping employees work efficiently while avoiding injuries? How have your recent policy changes affected incident rates? Did your last round of JSAs catch all the hazards at each of your worksites? Overall, how effective is your safety program?

These are critical questions for every safety manager, but the answers don’t come easy. Between training, JSAs, audits and reports, it can be tough to track the impact of any given change. These tips will help you manage the most important variables and effectively track your company's safety performance. 

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How to Address the Gaps in Your Safety Program

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Not seeing the results you expect from your safety program? From seemingly small slip-ups to major hazards, most worksites have many places where workers can get hurt. Implementing a safety program doesn’t always happen according to plan, either, and even well-planned programs may fail to take hold.

Fortunately, plenty of methods and tools can help you address the gaps in your safety program. Use these guidelines to review your program and plan for improvements.

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The Link Between Stress and Worker Safety

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM

We all know stress is bad for our health, and working in an already stressful environment can impact work performance and safety. In fact, research from the Families and Work Institute found that 41 percent of workers experience stress “often” or “very often” on the job. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has even begun a job stress research program, which seeks to understand the influence of workplace stressors on accidents and injuries.

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The Link Between Safety and Financial Performance

Posted by Don Brown on Jul 26, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Workplace safety doesn’t just improve employees’ lives – it boosts your bottom line! Employers who invest in workplace safety and health can dramatically reduce, illnesses, injuries and fatalities, which leads to far fewer compensation costs, OSHA penalties and costly lawsuits. In fact, a report by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that among companies who won the ACOEM’s Corporate Health Achievement Award, stock rose by an average of 97.26 percent from 1999 to 2012. What’s more, this was during an economically trying time when the S&P 500 actually lost nearly a percent!

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Protecting Your Workers in Extreme Heat

Posted by Don Brown on Jul 12, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Summer is here—and so is the heat. With sky-high temperatures and humidity levels, working outdoors and even indoors can be dangerous and even life-threatening to workers. Heat also has a variety of indirect adverse effects, including equipment failures, shut-downs and worker distraction.

But your productivity doesn’t have to a take a nose-dive during the summer months. Warmer weather actually creates a great environment for heavy work, as long as you manage the dangers appropriately. Following are a few important hazards to be aware of—and ways you can make protecting your workers in extreme heat easy.

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