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5 Ways to Make Safety Training More Exciting

  • Safety training isn’t nearly as effective if your trainees aren’t focused during it. How can you keep your employees engaged for more effective training — and for their own safety? Based on our years of experience in safety consulting, Safety International has five simple tips you can use. Limit Distractions We all get distracted. It’s human nature. There are a few different ways to approach this. First, don’t schedule trainings first thing in the morning or right after a big…
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    The Hidden Costs of Workplace Accidents

  • The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which most of us know as OSHA, estimates that “employers pay almost $1 billion per week for direct workers' compensation costs alone.” That “alone” should be setting off alarm bells right now, because it points to a simple, sobering fact: those direct costs, steep as they are, are only part of the equation. Workplace injuries have other, indirect, ways of draining your business’s resources. Safety consulting services from Safety International can…

    Dealing with Employees Who Won’t Follow Safety Rules

  • You think you’re doing all the right things to ensure workplace safety. You talk up workplace safety at every opportunity. You have policies and procedures in place, reinforced by signs and placards. Yet the number on your “Days Since Our Last Incident” sign never seems to budge past the single digits, and you can’t figure out why. At Safety International, experience has taught us that your policies are only effective insofar as your employees follow them. Foster the Proper Culture…

    What is ISNetworld?

  • If you’re unfamiliar with ISNetworld, you may be thinking that the last thing your business needs is yet another network -- and yet another time-sink. Understanding what it is and how it benefits your business, however, can put you on a sound footing when it comes to winning new contracts. For help navigating the murk of the application process, there’s help here at Safety International. ISNetworld Explained Broadly speaking, ISNetworld is a contractor management database. Getting down to brass tacks,…

    Reducing OTJ Injuries

  • Reducing On-the-Job Injuries in Manufacturing and Construction Much discussion and progress has been made in the field of ergonomic design for office workers to reduce fatigue and injuries. Chairs, computer monitors and keyboards, and even telephones have been redesigned to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and vision problems. But, what about other industries such as construction, manufacturing, or distribution? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, some of the most common injuries…

    What to Expect from OSHA Inspections

  • An impending or surprise OSHA visit to your jobsite can be an anxiety inducing and potentially costly experience if you aren’t prepared. In this post, we will discuss what you can expect if you’re audited, your rights as an employer, and how to communicate with your employees about and during the inspection. Before OSHA can conduct a site inspection, they must have probable cause. When an inspector arrives on site and announces the intent investigate, you have legal right to…

    Reduce W.C. EMR & Save Money

  • Being required to carry Workers’ Compensation Insurance is a fact of life for employers. But, the premiums you pay aren’t necessarily set in stone. In fact, there are ways to mitigate the financial impact by reducing your experience modification rating (EMR). A company’s EMR is based on the concept that the premium employers pay should accurately reflect their risk level. Experience rating plans group employers in the same industry groups. For example, home builders are compared to other home builders,…

    What is OSHA, and Why Is Compliance So Important?

  • The majority of employed adults have at least heard of OSHA, but not everyone fully understands what it is or why it’s so important for workplace safety. Here at Safety International, we stress OSHA compliance consistently because these safety guidelines and regulations really are what keep employees safe regardless of where they work. What is OSHA? OSHA is an acronym for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which came about as a result of the Occupational Safety and Health Act…

    “Needing to improve your bottom Line? Start with Safety!”

  • Written by Gus Wagner Gus: Can you expand on how having a professional safety program can have a direct correlation with decreased insurance premiums and decreased chances of litigation from accidental injuries? Michael:  Worker’s compensation insurance is one of the largest expenses a business has and there is no return investment associated with this cost. Insurance companies decide what they are going to charge you based upon your Experience Modification rate, or EMR as it is known in the industry. The…

    How do You Record Injuries That Happen to Employees on the Road?

  • I recently had an ASA member request clarification as to how they should classify employee injuries when the employee is out of town travelling on behalf of the company. In the past they said that if the employee was out of town they considered all injuries as company related since they would not have been there if it were not for the duties of their employment. This is not necessarily true and I hope to clarify that in this month’s…

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