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Identifying and Improving Risk Management in the Workplace

The process of hiring and orienting a new employee can be a daunting and sometimes tedious task. Employee retention can prove to be just as difficult. Fortunately, research shows a safe and healthy workplace provides a happy and productive workforce that prevents employee turnover. Identifying the risks in the workplace and creating an effective health [...]

2022-12-01T07:34:57-07:00December 9th, 2022|Workplace Safety|

Keeping Drivers in the Workplace Safe on the Road

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injuries and death in the workplace. The injuries from vehicle crashes extend a worker's recovery time by thirty percent compared to other workplace injuries. With these facts in mind, businesses should be more aware of the dangers of driving. However, a study by the Road Safety at [...]

2022-11-01T10:38:33-06:00November 4th, 2022|Safety Matters|

The Occupational Safety Hazards of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Driving

Driving a motor vehicle demands a lot of mental energy and vigilance to prevent car accidents. No matter the cause, workers dealing with sleepiness are more likely to get into a vehicle collision. Therefore, it is crucial to understand Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), how it affects drivers, and consider the safety recommendations for Canadian commercial [...]

2022-10-04T10:40:37-06:00October 7th, 2022|Employee Wellbeing|

The Connection Between Workplace Harassment and Employee Safety

The people in Human Resources (HR) aren’t the only ones responsible for preventing workplace harassment and bullying; however, it often falls into their lap. Linda Crockett, Specialist in Workplace Bullying Prevention and Intervention with the Canadian Institute of Workplace Bullying Resources, believes everyone within an organization should shoulder this responsibility. Ensuring workers are mentally well [...]

2022-09-02T07:01:18-06:00September 2nd, 2022|Employee Wellbeing|

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|
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