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Safety Management Insights

The Importance of Safety Software to the Construction Industry

Posted by Don Brown on May 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Construction has always been a dangerous business. According to OSHA, one of every five worker deaths in 2014 was in construction, and the majority were caused by falls, electrocutions and falling objects. What’s more, OSHA has reported that one in 10 construction workers are injured every year, and that over the course of a 45-year career, a construction worker has a 1 in 200 chance of dying on the job.

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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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Safety Software and Business Privacy Issues

Posted by Don Brown on Mar 31, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Privacy has been a major issue recently. Between government surveillance, data breaches and information leaks, stakeholders in every industry are wondering how well their information is protected —if at all. High-profile data breaches and government intrusions are even bringing privacy and security to the forefront of consumers’ minds.

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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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Q&A with Jeff Wagner, Safety and Regulatory Manager for Schreiber Foods

Posted by Don Brown on Jan 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Today we’re talking with Jeff Wagner, the Safety and Regulatory Manager at Schreiber Foods, about his ongoing use of BasicSafe’s integrated safety software. Wagner has been working for Schreiber for over five years, and he’s spent the last two years using BasicSafe for reporting, internal auditing, training and a wide variety of other critical tasks. Learn why he chose the program, how he uses it, and what improvements he’s been able to achieve.

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6 Tips for Helping High-Risk Employees

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

You probably take plenty of steps to ensure the safety of most of your employees – the ones who encounter routine hazards in their day-to-day jobs. But what about the workers with the most dangerous jobs? From powerline climbers to excavators to workers who brave hazards by themselves, there are quite a few jobs subject to disproportionate dangers.

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Why the Best Managers Are No Substitute for a Safety Software System

Posted by Don Brown on Aug 11, 2015 12:13:00 PM

Safety management is a critical job in almost every industry. Most companies contend with increasingly stringent requirements regarding workplace safety, accident reduction and illness prevention, as well as laws that govern the documentation of each and every safety measure. Not surprisingly, safety managers are garnering greater demand than ever before, and their skills and education have become far more specialized throughout the last few decades.

However, while companies small and large need sharp personnel who can manage and comply with all of these requirements, even the best managers are no substitute for an effective safety software system. Likewise, no software tool can replace the expertise and hands-on abilities of an effective manager. Here are a few reasons why both are essential to company’s worker safety and regulatory compliance, and why the software complements a manager’s skills.

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How Much Are Paper Records Costing Your Company?

Posted by Don Brown on Jun 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Just how much is paper costing your company? It’s probably a lot more than you realize. In fact, if your company has 100 employees, the amount of money you’re wasting on paper each year could amount to the salaries for two employees!

There are a number of factors that contribute to the high costs of paper records. According to one study:

  • The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper each year.
  • It may cost up to 31 times the cost of producing a document to send the information via paper – copying, filing, postage and more.
  • Over seven billion documents are created each year – and 15 trillion copies are made.
  • The average four-drawer cabinet costs about $25,000 to fill and $2,000 per year to maintain!

If you’re still on the fence about making the paperless plunge with your safety records, here are a few factors to consider as you think about what those hard copies really cost your company.

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4 Tips for Implementing Safety Software Across Your Organization

Posted by Don Brown on Jun 2, 2015 10:00:00 AM

After months of research and internal meetings, you’ve finally chosen a safety software solution to help your company manage important documents. You might be eager to finally cross that task off your list, but the reality is, your most important responsibility has just begun. 

Ensuring a smooth implementation across the workforce is essential to the success of any new safety initiative. The moment employees log on and realize something doesn’t work properly or perceive the process is too complicated, you’ve lost them. They’re not likely to use the program regularly or utilize its full potential, and your investment will have been wasted. 

This was a major concern for Robert Hammond, a site human resource manager and safety director at Roseburg Forest Products, a timber products company that began with a mere 25 employees and has grown to more than 3,000 in its 75-year history. With 12 manufacturing facilities across the United States, it lacked a uniform approach to managing important safety and compliance documents. Each site had its own system, mostly stored among cumbersome spreadsheets. It had become difficult to keep track of lost time accidents, near misses and other key statistics across the company

Hammond assisted with the implementation of BasicSafe integrated safety software across all Roseburg’s sites in January 2015 to bring a more consistent approach to safety and make it easier to identify trends. Prior to the launch, however, Hammond and other key stakeholders spent months setting up the foundation.

Here are four tips he shared for successfully implementing safety software across a large company. 

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Should My Employees Have Access to Our Safety Software?

Posted by Don Brown on May 6, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Network access is a common concern among IT admins, not to mention any company that allows its employees to work from home. But it can also be a concern for safety administrators, particularly at companies with multiple worksites, complicated procedures and hundreds or even thousands of employees.

Should you allow everyone to access your safety software? How can you keep personal or sensitive information from getting into the wrong hands? Who should have permission to carry out certain tasks, and how will you ensure that only authorized personnel are conducting audits? These are all critical questions in today’s high-tech safety management environment.

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