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Safety Management Insights

5 Common Workplace Safety Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Posted by Don Brown on Oct 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Many factors contribute to making employees feel valued. One way employers can achieve this is by creating a safe workplace.

This is easier said than done. With common safety mistakes continuing to pop up in the workplace and on OSHA violation lists, companies are encouraged to revisit their safety strategies to ensure greater effectiveness.

Here, we’ll discuss some of these workplace safety mistakes and highlight tips on how to avoid them.

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How to Transform Your Company’s Outlook on Safety

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Even today, some companies don't make workplace safety a top priority. A definitive, written safety management system is essential to the long-term success of any company. But getting your employees to transform their outlook on safety can be tough if they have no incentive for buy-in.

Employee involvement is critical to improving the safety of your company. Simply instructing workers on new policies and procedures isn’t enough.

So, to help you and your employees understand what makes a safety program work effectively, let’s take a look at some tactics you can try to transform your company’s outlook on safety.

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The Value and ROI of a Safety Committee for Your Company

Posted by Don Brown on Jun 26, 2017 8:15:00 AM

If you’re operating in a high-risk industry, forming a safety committee may not just be beneficial — it’s often required. Different states have different laws about safety committees and meetings, and in some areas, even the smallest businesses must have them.

These laws are far from a nuisance, however. Forming a safety committee is a good idea for most businesses even if it’s not mandatory. By generating greater buy-in and participation from your workers, your safety programs will become more effective, and your bottom line will grow. Here are a few ways you can see ROI of a safety committee for your organization.

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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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What CEOs Should Know About Safety Compliance

Posted by Don Brown on Apr 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Compliance initiatives must be company-wide efforts. From the CEO to the most junior employee, every stakeholder at your company needs to be on board if they want to keep your company safe. However, CEOs often get sidetracked, and their day-to-day tasks make it all too easy to put safety on the back burner.

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The Costs of Not Enforcing Safety Policies and Procedures

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The details, costs and levels of severity may vary by company and industry, but every business will have its own safety policies and procedures. While every enterprise needs to strictly enforce its policies, however, many do not. These companies eventually find themselves in hot water with government agencies, at the centers of lawsuits for serious injuries, illnesses and unnecessary deaths.

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7 Tips for Managing Safety for a Small Business

Posted by Don Brown on Feb 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Small businesses may not have as many employees to care for, but they face the same safety challenges as large corporations. In fact, their safety issues are often harder to handle because of their lower budgets and smaller staffs. They still have to meet almost all of OSHA’s requirements for larger companies, and their workers still need adequate safety training, protective equipment and ongoing support. If you’re managing safety for a small business—or if you’re the business owner yourself—use these seven tips to keep your workers safe.

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Maintain OSHA Compliance: New Initiatives for 2016

Posted by Don Brown on Feb 4, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Compliance is such an important part of a safety manager’s position, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Day-today responsibilities make it difficult to stay on top of changing regulations and ensure all workers are aware of those changes.

Early each year, it’s common for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to review the previous year and make changes for the year ahead. We’ve done some digging and found the top 5 changes in OSHA regulations you should know for 2016:

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5 Tips for Selling Safety to the C-Suite

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

Given the hazards of the modern workplace, the rising costs of medical care and OSHA’s growing list of rules, you should never have to compromise on your workers’ safety. Still, you will need to make a case to your higher-ups before they’ll spend money on safety initiatives. Executives must answer to board members, after all, and every decision must ultimately save the company money.

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The 14 Elements You Should Include in Your PSM Program

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 11, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Are you staying up to speed with your Process Safety Management (PSM) program? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created the first PSM requirements in 1992 in response to a series of catastrophic incidents related to highly hazardous chemicals (HHC). These requirements have been updated and expanded several times in the last two decades, and all HHC-related companies should keep a lookout as they operate and expand. To make sure your company is compliant, keep in mind the following 14 elements that OSHA inspectors will look for when they review your PSM program.

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