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Safety Management Insights

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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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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Strategies for Preventing the Flu at Your Workplace

Posted by Don Brown on Apr 3, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Worried about the flu’s effect on your workforce? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual costs of influenza in the United States are $4.6 billion. What’s more, the flu leads to losses of up to 111 million workdays and $7 billion in sick days and lost productivity. Flu season is in full swing, and if you want to keep your workers safe, comfortable and productive, you’ll need to put in play a few specific policies. Following are our top strategies for preventing the flu this year.

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Strategies for Multi-Employer Worksite Safety

Posted by Don Brown on Jan 9, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Multi-employer worksites have come under far greater scrutiny in the last few years because so many contractors are working together, merging or collaborating with the federal government on large-scale construction projects. Contractors are also classifying full-time employees as part-time or temporary.

In addition to the legal liabilities these situations present, multi-employer worksites have many unique hazards. Differing safety policies, standard practices and training levels can create an uneven playing field where many workers are ill-prepared for — or unaware of — the dangers of their surroundings.

Ultimately, whether you’re partnering with a staffing agency, hiring independent contractors or working alongside another firm, you’ll need to keep in mind a few of the most important strategies for multi-employer worksite safety.

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Effective Tips for Workplace Housekeeping

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 29, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Effective housekeeping is crucial for workplace safety and efficiency. A clean environment reduces hazards and distractions, while clutter increases the likelihood of falls, spills and other dangerous incidents. The following are 10 effective tips for workplace housekeeping you can use to create a safer environment at your company.

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Keeping Employees Safe During the Holidays

Posted by Don Brown on Nov 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The holiday season is fast approaching and between inclement weather, poorly trained temporary workers and a host of other hazards, your employees may face more dangers than at any other time of the year. Stress, fatigue and holiday indulgences can also make workers less safe — as can rushing to meet end-of-year deadlines.

Avoid Excessive OvertimeOverall, workplace safety may require some extra work in the winter, particularly if your employees are on the job outdoors. To keep everyone as safe as possible, heed the following holiday tips.

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Hierarchy of Controls for Workplace Safety

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

Exposure controls are critical for protecting workers, and they either remove hazardous conditions or place barriers between workers and hazards. Ventilators might remove airborne pathogens, for instance, or guards might be used to separate workers from rapidly spinning equipment. Well-designed engineering controls effectively protect workers without interfering with productivity or personal comfort, and without making tasks more difficult to perform.

Traditionally, companies and regulatory agencies have used hierarchies of controls to determine how they should implement workplace safety solutions. While the ideal solutions vary from one organization to the next, priorities and best practices are consistent. The following are the hierarchy of controls most important elements.

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Investing In the Right Personal Protective Equipment

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 20, 2016 8:30:00 AM

OSHA regulations and the safety initiatives that have risen around them have made a major impact on the number of worker deaths in the last four decades. Worker deaths in the United States are down, on average, from about 38 deaths per day in 1970 to 13 in 2014. What’s more, injuries and illnesses are down from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to just 3.3 per 100 in 2014.

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How to Protect Your Outdoor Workers from the Zika Virus

Posted by Don Brown on Sep 6, 2016 8:30:00 AM

With all of the travel to and from Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games, a typically rare, unknown illness has come to the United States—the Zika virus. Typically found in isolated outbreaks in Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific, Zika presents mildly in patients but with severe symptoms in the children of affected, pregnant women.

Unfortunately, Zika is transmitted primarily through mosquitoes, and now that travelers are coming back to the United States en masse from Brazil, the virus’ spread is a major risk. This risk is especially concerning for outdoor workers, who spend eight or more hours per day in the presence of mosquitoes. If you’re responsible for the health and safety of outdoor workers at your company, you need to understand as much as possible about this disease’s signs, symptoms and preventive measures.

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How Employee Assistance Programs Help Prescription Drug Use at Work

Posted by Don Brown on Dec 9, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Your employee gets injured. After seeking medical attention and taking time off to recover, he returns to work. He was prescribed painkillers and has told you he is still required to take them to be able to work comfortably. But then you start noticing a decline in his work performance and become concerned for his safety and the safety of others around him.

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