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10 Essential Steps for Building a Safety Culture in the Workplace

  • It's no secret that workplace accidents can be catastrophic, not only for the employees involved but also for the company as a whole. In order to create a safe and healthy work environment, mitigate risks, and protect workers, it is critical to establish a culture of safety in your company from the top down. Here are 10 essential steps for building a safety culture in the workplace: 1. Establish clear safety policies and procedures The first step in building a…
    Workplace Violence Training

    Workplace Violence Prevention Training: The Key to a Safe Workplace

  • These days, a very real danger looms in the backs of the minds of almost all people who work together: the potential for violence to shatter the relative calm of the workplace. In this post, we're sharing what you need to know about workplace violence and why workplace violence prevention training is important for keeping your employees safe. What is Workplace Violence? Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other disruptive behavior that occurs at…
    Near Miss Reporting

    10 Important Reasons Why You Need to Implement Near Miss Reporting

  • Wondering what exactly is a near miss?  And what is required for near miss reporting?  That's where we're here to help! As occupational safety experts in the construction industry, we've worked with numerous clients over the years to identify near misses and develop near miss reporting. In this post, we're sharing everything you need to know about near misses, including their importance in occupational safety programs, as well as best practices for near miss reporting. About Near Misses First, let's…
    Holiday Fatigue

    5 Workplace Safety Tips to Combat Holiday Fatigue

  • The holiday season is just around the corner, and with that comes an abundance of holiday parties, stress, and overindulgence. Balancing holiday social obligations with work responsibilities can in turn can affect energy levels and productivity in the workplace.  In this post, we're sharing 5 useful tips to combat holiday fatigue. What is holiday fatigue? Holiday fatigue can be defined as the stress, tiredness, and exhaustion that comes from holiday preparations.  Many people are faced with holiday shopping, social events,…
    Mental Health in Construction

    5 Tips to Improve Mental Health in Construction

  • Although it's not always talked about, mental health issues and suicide are highly prevalent in the construction industry. In fact, the number of suicides in the construction industry is 3 times higher than the US average.  In this post, we're sharing a few tips to improve mental health in construction. Why is mental health important in construction? At Safety International, we help our clients with all aspects of physical safety and protection to keep their workers safe on the job. …
    Site Specific Safety Plan

    Site Specific Safety Plan: FAQs Answered

  • Creating a thorough site specific safety plan is one of the first steps when starting a new construction project.  At Safety International, we are trusted safety experts and have created dozens of site specific safety plans for our clients.  In this post, we're answering the most frequently asked questions about the site specific safety plan, including the required components and our expert tips on how to write a successful plan. Site Specific Safety Plan FAQs What is a site specific…
    Technology and Safety in the Workplace

    5 Easy Technology Tips to Improve Safety in the Workplace

  • It's no secret that new and emerging technology is playing a major role in how we operate in the modern workplace.  In this post, we're sharing some easy tips on how to use technology to improve safety in the workplace, which can help to minimize injuries and fatalities. 1. Setup your emergency medical ID. Setting up your medical ID on your cell phone has to be one of the easiest things you can do to share personal medical information in…
    Construction Safety Program

    Is your company proactive or reactive with your construction safety program?

  • When it's time to project next year’s costs and revenues, are you including safety as a budget line item? Quite simply, is your view on safety spending proactive or reactive? Many contractors always seem to find the money if the General Contractor has a last minute requirement after the job starts or an accident happens that forces you to take additional safety precautions and buy equipment. I have been doing safety long enough to know that the companies who operate…
    Heat Stress

    Heat Stress 101: Are you doing everything you can to protect your workers?

  • It's that time of year again where we need to be concerned about our workers surviving the heat through the long dog days of summer. Business owners who have workers that suffer from heat stress in early summer always say to me, “but it's not that hot yet!”. They are exactly right, but we fail to remember that we always see an increased number of heat related incidents in early summer rather than the constant heat of August. The answer…

    5 Basic Accident Prevention Tips

  • Workplace accidents are costly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites some eye-opening statistics, including the fact that falls account for nearly half of all workplace fatalities in construction, while OSHA points out that the average cost of these accidents — even when they’re not fatal — is about $106,000 per incident. Faced with unacceptable human and financial costs, the obvious solution is to create a safer workplace. That, and the accident prevention behind it, need not be intimidating or unnecessarily…

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