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Safety Management Insights

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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What’s New in BasicSafe’s Web-Based Safety Software

Posted by Don Brown on May 11, 2016 8:30:00 AM

BasicSafe’s product offerings have evolved considerably since we created our first suite of web-based safety software in 2006. We began with a client who needed a one-stop shop for their safety needs—a more efficient, lower-cost alternative to purchasing multiple programs and hiring custom developers. From the plant floor to the back office, we set out to develop a system that would make every employee safer, healthier and more efficient on the job.

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3 Ways to Bring New Energy Your Safety Meetings

Posted by Don Brown on Dec 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Safety meetings are a great way to get your team together, discuss relevant safety issues and go over protocol for maneuvering in an unsafe situation. In fact, safety should be a regular conversation at your workplace. But how do you keep the same conversation from becoming stale?

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Keeping Compliant with OSHA Record Keeping Changes

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 18, 2015 8:30:00 AM

It’s been nearly a year since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) implemented its newest record keeping rules, which brought about a couple of important changes. Are you staying compliant? The alterations weren’t massive, but they might bring your company under greater scrutiny. To make sure you’re keeping up with OSHA’s ever-changing guidelines, read on to get a better idea of your company’s requirements, as well some of the common mistakes businesses make in reporting.

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7 Best Practices for Protecting Solitary Workers

Posted by Don Brown on Oct 7, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Watching out for fellow workers is one of the most important aspects of jobsite safety. But what can you do when nobody else is around? Solitary workers exist in plenty of industries, and they’re only becoming more common as new technologies eliminate the need for larger teams. What’s more, you’re responsible for protecting your employees whether they’re surrounded by workmates or all alone. The following are a few best practices for keeping your solitary workers safe, day after day.

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