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Producing and Implementing Effective Health and Safety Training

Developing and implementing health and safety training is a major undertaking for most companies. But putting effort into a quality training program matters because the right training ensures workers avoid predictable, adverse situations and preventable injuries.  The requirement to have health and safety training, the amount of time needed to establish practical training, and making [...]

2022-08-05T06:19:11-06:00August 5th, 2022|Employee Wellbeing, Newsletter|

The Plan, Do, Check, Act Model

Companies aiming to achieve the Certificate of Recognition (COR) will find the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) model improves their workplace health and safety exponentially. Because the PDCA model is so beneficial for businesses, many companies are now integrating it into their business plans. What is the Plan, Do, Check, Act Model? The Plan, Do, [...]

2022-08-02T11:08:48-06:00July 8th, 2022|Safety Matters|

Shifting Views From Spending to Saving: How to Save 2% on the Bottom Line

In Ben Franklin’s words, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Whether a business saves money in the field or behind a desk, wisely cutting costs positively impacts the bottom line. When safety professionals contribute to these cost-saving measures, they are contributing to the company’s financial success. The Thinking Shift Safety professionals are often focused [...]

2022-05-24T16:44:47-06:00June 3rd, 2022|Workplace Safety|

Avoiding Silver Safety Bullets: Strategies for Achieving Safety Breakthroughs

Most, if not all, people want quick and easy solutions. For safety professionals, this solution is called a Silver Safety Bullet or SSB. The problem with SSBs is that they rarely work. Leaders need to know what silver safety bullets are and be wary of using them. Knowing more about SSBs will prevent an organization’s [...]

2022-05-05T08:45:00-06:00May 6th, 2022|Safety Matters|

Supervisors and Managers Role: Impacting Contractor Actions and Safety

Monitoring contractors by supervision and management is key to keeping workers safe and preventing injuries. To better understand the difference between supervision and management, it is wise to separate the two and explain the responsibility of each role. Once the roles are properly understood, companies should pay attention to behaviors as supervisors and managers monitor [...]

2021-09-02T12:08:52-06:00September 2nd, 2021|Business, Newsletter, Safety Matters|

Contractor Prequalification: Before You Hire

Contractor prequalification is an important step for your business, and there are key things to consider when you hire new employees. Two of the biggest ones are gauging behaviors and knowing how they impact safety processes.  Companies should pay close attention to certain behaviors because they can affect the overall safety of the workplace and [...]

2021-08-06T10:03:52-06:00August 6th, 2021|Business, Newsletter, Safety Matters|

How to Minimalize the Risks of Chemical Mismatches & Cross-Contaminations

Every workplace should develop a systematic way to label chemical containers to minimize chemical mismatches and cross contaminations. It protects the health and safety of workers and prevents financial losses due to fines for code violations and broken machinery that can cause serious incidents such as fires or explosions. Why is Chemical Exposure Dangerous? Chemical [...]

2021-07-14T15:05:22-06:00July 16th, 2021|Newsletter, Safety Matters|

How to Help Workers Cope with Burnout

The year 2020 wrought changes in the workplace that were unprecedented in scope and completely unexpected. Most companies, it is fair to say, found themselves unprepared. It is estimated that 42 percent of the United States labor force began to work at home at some point during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some temporary workplace changes became [...]

2021-06-18T09:07:22-06:00June 18th, 2021|Newsletter|

Creating a Successful Ergonomics Program

By Barbara Semeniuk, 2021 A vital part of a safe workplace is developing and executing an Ergonomics Program for employees. The benefits derived from a good plan are long-lasting, cost-effective, and rewarding. Your employees may be suffering from musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). What are musculoskeletal disorders? MSDs are disorders of muscles, tendons, joints that are caused [...]

2021-05-11T13:11:21-06:00May 11th, 2021|Newsletter, Safety Matters|

Serious Injuries and Fatalities: Why Are They Constant While Injury Rates Decline?

Concern about the level of effort we take to control serious injuries and fatalities is growing because the number of deaths is not decreasing; it has plateaued. Companies and society cannot accept worker fatalities as just part of doing business. Our mandate is clear - we must improve how we protect workers. How to Better [...]

2021-04-09T12:06:01-06:00April 9th, 2021|Newsletter, Safety Matters|
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