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Essential Ingredients in Food Safety: Making the Most of GMP and HACCP

Informed by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), manufacturers are required to implement processes that actively reduce the risk of foodborne illness, both from known pathogens and unknown agents. These processes are critical track the type and nature of these illnesses and mitigate their impact — according to the CDC, 48 million Americans fall ill with food-related sickness each year. Of those, more…

DNV Selects Certainty as Their Global Supply Chain Management (SCM) Software Solution

Certainty Software, Inc. is excited to welcome DNV as a client. DNV is now using the Certainty platform for their supply chain management (SCM) and assurance services globally. Founded in 1864 and headquartered in Høvik, Norway, DNV (DNV Holdings AS) is the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry. DNV is a USD $2.5 billion company…

Certainty Version 4.1 Ready for Release!

We are now planning the release of version 4.1 of Certainty Software which is scheduled for a phased roll out beginning November 20th. This release sees the addition of the Checklist Workflow tool to the system and brings an improvement to the user interface of the recently added Action Workflow tool. There are also a few bug fixes and minor…

The Safety Observation Report: 5 Tips to Help Safety Managers Reduce Unsafe Conditions & Improve Job Safety in the Workplace

Workplace safety is critical to ensure both employee protection and productivity — staff missing work because they’ve suffered injuries on the job can negatively impact both staff morale and overall output. As noted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, however, workplace safety remains a challenge: In 2019 alone, more than 880,000 workers suffered nonfatal injuries or illnesses that caused…

Certainty Software Wins a 2021 Leader Award as a Top Performer from SourceForge

Certainty Software Wins a 2021 Leader Award as a Top Performer From SourceForge Certainty Software is honored to be recognized as a best-in-class category leader by SourceForge, the world’s largest software reviews and comparison engine. Certainty Software today announced that it has been awarded a Summer 2021 Leader Award by SourceForge, the world’s largest software review and comparison website. This…

Certainty Helps with Covid19 Pandemic Health & Safety Response At An Award-Winning Grocer

Longo’s Brothers Fruit Market (“Longo’s”) is a family-owned Canadian grocer that started in 1956 when three brothers, Tommy, Joe and Gus opened their first fruit market. What began as a small family-run store has since grown to a company that operates 36 stores in communities across Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, as well as Grocery Gateway, the leader in online…

Certainty Software Named as Rising Star for Environmental, Health & Safety Software

Certainty Software recognized as a Rising Star by Featured Customers Certainty Software has been named a Rising Star in the Environmental, Health & Safety Management Software category for the Summer 2021 Customer Success Report published by FeaturedCustomers. FeaturedCustomers is the leading customer success content marketing platform for B2B business software & services helping potential B2B buyers make informed purchasing decisions…

Certainty Version 4.0 Ready for Release!

We are now planning the version 4.0 release of Certainty Software which is scheduled for a phased roll out beginning August 25th. This release is an update to the user interface (UI) of the Reporting & Administration (.com) portal in a phased approach to improving the usability and user experience of Certainty Software. Phase 1 of this UI improvement project…

Certainty Version 3.2 Ready for Release!

Certainty Software Version 3.2 is ready for release! Starting July 10, we will be rolling out the latest release of Certainty with improvements to the Certainty app, .mobi portal and the Reporting & Administration portal. The key upgrade in the 3.2 release is updates to the new Action Workflow feature and system notifications. New features in this release Photo and…

Certainty’s Audit & Inspection Software Solution Named As One of the 10 Best EHS Management Software Tools in 2021!

Super excited that @Softwareworld named Certainty Software as one of the Best EHS Management Software solutions in 2021! Here’s more on how Certainty can help with: Audit & Inspection Data Management & Reporting Compliance Management Construction Safety Inspections EHS Management Safety Audit, Inspection & Observation Management Here is the full Software World story: EHS software is your one-stop solution to track…

Certainty Software Simplifies Mobile Quality Assurance Inspections

Certainty Software simplifies mobile quality assurance inspections. Based in Western Canada and headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Strike Group is an industry leader providing infrastructure construction and maintenance services across Western Canada. Strike has been recognized as a Best Managed Company from 2007 – 2021, and has now grown to include Bob Dale Oilfield Services, Canadian Plains, Jedco Energy Services, and…

Certainty Software Version 3.1 is Ready for Release!

Certainty Software Version 3.1 is ready for release! Starting mid May, we will be rolling out the latest release of Certainty with improvements to the Certainty app, .mobi portal and the reporting & administration portal. The key upgrade to the 3.1 release is the addition of customizable workflows for corrective actions in Certainty. New features in this release Addition of…

City Energy Choose Certainty

City Energy is a UK-based provider of heating, insulation and electrical services across the UK.  They work in partnership with local authorities, businesses, and the owners of residential and commercial properties. City Energy has a team of auditors who undertake Work in Progress audits and Post Complete audits using Certainty Software. City Energy Ltd works on behalf of energy companies…

St John’s Packaging Choose Certainty

Certainty Software for safety management Audits St. Johns Packaging is an international manufacturer of flexible plastic packaging based in Canada. They play a vital role in food and medical supply chain from manufacturing facilities across the world. With over 150 employees, SJ Packaging helps customers pack, protect, preserve, and sell their products. The films, bags, and pouches are all crafted…

Where do you see BBS in 5 years?

Behavioral Based Safety Projections. In this blog series we will explore some of the questions, benefits, misconceptions, and methods of Behavioral Based Safety Programs (BBS). We have spoken with industry professionals Joseph Braun, EHS Manager at Ferrara Candy Company; John Peoples, Global EHS Manager at Huntsman Corporation; and Chad Rasmussen, EHS Manager at Cardinal Health to get an insider look…

Certainty at Rocky Brands for Quality Assurance and Control

Modernizing Quality Assurance and Control at Rocky Brands Founded in 1932 Rocky Brands, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and markets premium quality outdoor, work, western, duty and military footwear as well as outdoor and work apparel and accessories. Headquarters in Nelsonville, Ohio with manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, Rocky Brands employs over 2,300 people worldwide. As an…

Cambridge Weight Plan Choose Certainty

The Cambridge Weight Plan was originally conceived by Dr. Alan Howard in the 1960s and launched as a commercial diet in 1984. Since then, CWP has helped thousands of people from all over the world meet their dieting goals with low carb meal packages. CWP uses certainty software to follow all safety procedures. The Technical Team at CWP uses Certainty…

What Impact Will Technology have on your Behavior Based Safety Program?

What Impact Will technology have on your Behavior Based Safety Program? In this blog series we will explore some of the questions, benefits, misconceptions, and methods of Behavioral Based Safety Programs (BBS). We have spoken with industry professionals Joseph Braun, EHS Manager at Ferrara Candy Company; John Peoples, Global EHS Manager at Huntsman Corporation; and Chad Rasmussen, EHS Manager at…

Goodman Telecom Services Choose Certainty

Goodman Telecom choose Certainty for safety management. Goodman Telecom Services (GTS) is a US-based technology service company that designs, builds, permits, engineers, and optimizes state-of-the-art wireless networks and provides cell site maintenance solutions for both wireless and wireline technologies. With a workforce of over 400 telecom professionals and W-2 technicians, Goodman Telecom provides services to network operators, OEMs and enterprise…

Where do BBS Programs Typically Fail?

Build Successful Behavioral Based Safety Programs In this blog series we will explore some of the questions, benefits, misconceptions, and methods of Behavioral Based Safety Programs (BBS). We have spoken with industry professionals Joseph Braun, EHS Manager at Ferrara Candy Company; John Peoples, Global EHS Manager at Huntsman Corporation; and Chad Rasmussen, EHS Manager at Cardinal Health to get an…

Certainty Version 3.0 Set for Release January 2021!

Certainty Software Release 2.0: As the year comes to a close, we are putting the final touches on an exciting new release of the Certainty app, .mobi portal and reporting & administration Management portal. This 3.0 release includes an upgrade to the user interface and functionality of the Certainty app and .mobi portal with improved navigation, the ability to report…

How do you Avoid ‘Pencil Whipping’ with BBS Programs?

In this blog series we will explore some of the questions, benefits, misconceptions, and methods of Behavioral Based Safety Programs (BBS). We have spoken with industry professionals Joseph Braun, EHS Manager at Ferrara Candy Company; John Peoples, Global EHS Manager at Huntsman Corporation; and Chad Rasmussen, EHS Manager at Cardinal Health to get an insider look on how to manage…

Coming soon … New & Improved Certainty App!

New Certainty app for audits and inspections! Super excited! We’re working to make it perfect and Its almost ready! A new look and more features (as requested!): Action Management – in app action management! Reporting – in app & real time analytics! Dashboard – everything in one place! Check out this short (1.30 min) video overview! And here are some…

How to Avoid the BBS ‘Blame Game’

Benefits, misconceptions & methods of Behavioral Based Safety In this blog series we will explore some of the questions, benefits, misconceptions, and methods of Behavioral Based Safety Programs (BBS). We have spoken with industry professionals Joseph Braun, EHS Manager at Ferrara Candy Company; John Peoples, Global EHS Manager at Huntsman Corporation; and Chad Rasmussen, EHS Manager at Cardinal Health to…

How Has Technology Changed Construction Safety?

How Has Technology Changed Construction Safety? In this blog – our 7th in this series – we’ll be looking at safety in the construction industry. Construction is one of the most danger-prone industries there is – responsible for approximately 1 in 5 workplace fatalities. How can construction companies successfully create a safety program and achieve buy in? We’ve spoken with…

Tips to Increase Participation, Buy-in and the Effectiveness of Your BBS program

Tips to Increase Participation, Buy-in and the Effectiveness of Your BBS program In this blog series we will explore some of the questions, benefits, misconceptions, and methods of Behavioral Based Safety Programs (BBS). We have spoken with industry professionals Joseph Braun, EHS Manager at Ferrara Candy Company; John Peoples, Global EHS Manager at Huntsman Corporation; and Chad Rasmussen, EHS Manager…

How do you measure the success of a BBS program?

Behavior Based Safety Observation. In this blog series we are exploring some of the questions, benefits, misconceptions, and methods of Behavioral Based Safety Programs (BBS). We have spoken with industry professionals Joseph Braun, EHS Manager at Ferrara Candy Company; John Peoples, Global EHS Manager at Huntsman Corporation; and Chad Rasmussen, EHS Manager at Cardinal Health to get an insider look…

#1 Safety Issue In Construction As Told By Top Safety Management Industry Leaders

In this blog series we’ll be looking at safety in the construction industry. Construction is one of the most danger-prone industries there is – responsible for approximately 1 in 5 workplace fatalities. How can construction companies successfully create a safety program and achieve buy in? We’ve spoken with industry professionals Steve Mellard, National Safety Director at Anning Johnson and Desire’e…

Why You Should Include Behavior Based Safety in your Safety Management Program

In this blog series we will explore some of the questions, benefits, misconceptions, and methods of Behavioral Based Safety Programs (BBS). We have spoken with industry professionals Joseph Braun, EHS Manager at Ferrara Candy Company; John Peoples, Global EHS Manager at Huntsman Corporation; and Chad Rasmussen, EHS Manager at Cardinal Health to get an insider look on how to manage…

The Top 7 Safety Issues Facing The Construction Industry

The Top 7 Safety Issues Facing The Construction Industry. In this blog series we’ll be looking at safety in the construction industry. Construction is one of the most danger-prone industries there is – responsible for approximately 1 in 5 workplace fatalities. How can construction companies successfully create a safety program and achieve buy in? We’ve spoken with industry professionals Steve…

After the COVID-19 Shutdown: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Grand Canyon National Park & TD Garden to Reopen with Certainty!

After the COVID-19 Shutdown: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Grand Canyon National Park & TD Garden to Reopen with Certainty! In this blog @Hewittroberts, CEO – @Certainty Software talked with @TherrinProtze, who is Chief Operating Officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for Delaware North, a global hospitality and entertainment company that operates the visitor complex for NASA. Protze is part…

Boosting Employee Buy-In To Your Safety Culture and Construction Safety Program

Boosting Employee Buy-In To Your Safety Culture and Construction Safety Program In this blog series we’ll be looking at safety in the construction industry. Construction is one of the most danger-prone industries there is – responsible for approximately 1 in 5 workplace fatalities. How can construction companies successfully create a safety program and achieve buy in? We’ve spoken with industry…

How Leadership Style Affects Safety Performance in Construction

In this blog series we’ll be looking at safety in the construction industry. Construction is one of the most danger-prone industries there is – responsible for approximately 1 in 5 workplace fatalities. How can construction companies successfully create a safety program and achieve buy in? We’ve spoken with industry professionals Steve Mellard, National Safety Director at Anning Johnson and Desire’e…

How COVID-19 Changes the Way we Conduct a Job Hazard Analysis

A Job Hazard Analysis, or JHA, is the analysis of a job and its component tasks, the hazards associated with those tasks, and the preventative measures required to minimize those hazards. Typically, a JHA will also include a Risk Assessment, a professional assessment to determine the severity and likelihood of any risks associated with the job/component tasks. These Risk Assessments…

COVID-19 Re-opening Checklist for Businesses

Let us help you re-open with this COVID-19 Re-opening Checklist for Businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought much of our world to a standstill. Offices, schools, businesses and borders have been closed and our economy has contracted to unprecedented levels. We have all been affected and we are all desperate to re-open our businesses and re-start the economy. But to…

Life After COVID-19: Re-Open Your Business with Certainty

Like nothing else in our lifetime, COVID-19 has affected everyone, everywhere – worldwide. It has indiscriminately taken lives, destroyed livelihoods and put our world on the brink of the largest financial crisis in living memory – possibly ever. Managing this crisis has been a Herculean undertaking. Politicians and business leaders around the globe have had to make gut-wrenching decisions and,…

What is a Job Safety Analysis and How is a JSA Impacted During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Under OSHA and most other governing Health & Safety standards employers are responsible for providing a workplace free of recognizable hazards that may cause injury or death. The onset of the COVID-19 outbreak has the potential to expose people to new hazards and risks that haven’t since been recognized. It is important to adapt our typical approach to Job Safety…

What Must A Construction Safety Program Include To Be Effective?

In this blog series we’ll be looking at safety in the construction industry. Construction is one of the most danger-prone industries there is – responsible for approximately 1 in 5 workplace fatalities. How can construction companies successfully create a safety program and achieve buy in? We’ve spoken with industry professionals Steve Mellard, National Safety Director at Anning Johnson and Desire’e…

4 Considerations When Improving Safety in the Construction Industry

In this blog series we’ll be looking at safety in the construction industry. Construction is one of the most danger-prone industries there is – responsible for approximately 1 in 5 workplace fatalities. How can construction companies successfully create a safety program and achieve buy in? We’ve spoken with industry professionals Steve Mellard, National Safety Director at Anning Johnson and Desire’e…

COVID-19 Checklists to Help Businesses Reduce the Risk to their Employees & the Public

Our thoughts go out to all those impacted by the COVID-19 virus worldwide. These are challenging times for all and in an attempt to help our clients and colleagues we have recently published 2 checklists that might help businesses and their employees both prepare for but also manage through an crisis / pandemic outbreak such as with COVID-19 now. The…

New Version, New Technology, New Features! Excited to Publish a New Version of the Certainty App

That’s right we’ve just published a brand new version of the Certainty app! Completely rebuilt with Google’s new Flutter Framework technology for mobile app development, this version includes all the features of the earlier Certainty app but: is faster; has easier ‘swipe’ navigation; is easier to use; and, auto saves as you complete checklists! The move to this new technology…

What Type of Implementation Support Does Your Solution Offer?

We’ve been involved in the design, development and implementation of enterprise- level software for over 20 years, which is why our team of experts put together this 10-part series on evaluating Enterprise-level software. We’ll cover topics ranging from security, data collection and reporting requirements, implementation resources, pricing / cost models and more, to ensure your next enterprise software deployment is…

Anning Johnson Takes Their Safety Management Program Digital with Certainty

Learn how a leader in the US Construction industry – Anning Johnson – used Certainty to take their safety management program digital. Check out their case study to learn more about how they use Certainty for their job site safety inspections to: ensure that all their construction projects are being inspected according to policy and procedures; ensure that industry standards…

The Importance of Centralized Software Administration

We’ve been involved in the design, development and implementation of enterprise- level software for over 20 years, which is why our team of experts put together this 10-part series on evaluating Enterprise-level software. We’ll cover topics ranging from security, data collection and reporting requirements, implementation resources, pricing / cost models and more, to ensure your next enterprise software deployment is…

Does My Organization Need Multilingual Enterprise Software?

We’ve been involved in the design, development and implementation of enterprise- level software for over 20 years, which is why our team of experts put together this 10-part series on evaluating Enterprise-level software. We’ll cover topics ranging from security, data collection and reporting requirements, implementation resources, pricing / cost models and more, to ensure your next enterprise software deployment is…

Don’t Forget About Your Reporting Requirements

We’ve been involved in the design, development and implementation of enterprise- level software for over 20 years, which is why our team of experts put together this 10-part series on evaluating Enterprise-level software. We’ll cover topics ranging from security, data collection and reporting requirements, implementation resources, pricing / cost models and more, to ensure your next enterprise software deployment is…

Why You Should Implement Multi-Purpose Enterprise Software

We’ve been involved in the design, development and implementation of enterprise- level software for over 20 years, which is why our team of experts put together this 10-part series on evaluating Enterprise-level software. We’ll cover topics ranging from security, data collection and reporting requirements, implementation resources, pricing / cost models and more, to ensure your next enterprise software deployment is…

Can Your Enterprise Software Be Customized?

We’ve been involved in the design, development and implementation of enterprise- level software for over 20 years, which is why our team of experts put together this 10-part series on evaluating Enterprise-level software. We’ll cover topics ranging from security, data collection and reporting requirements, implementation resources, pricing / cost models and more, to ensure your next enterprise software deployment is…

What Are Your Data Integration Requirements?

We’ve been involved in the design, development and implementation of enterprise- level software for over 20 years, which is why our team of experts put together this 10-part series on evaluating Enterprise-level software. We’ll cover topics ranging from security, data collection and reporting requirements, implementation resources, pricing / cost models and more, to ensure your next enterprise software deployment is…

How To Evaluate Your Data Collection Needs & Requirements

We’ve been involved in the design, development and implementation of enterprise- level software for over 20 years, which is why our team of experts put together this 10-part series on evaluating Enterprise-level software. We’ll cover topics ranging from security, data collection and reporting requirements, implementation resources, pricing / cost models and more, to ensure your next enterprise software deployment is…

16 Things To Ask Your IT Department When Evaluating Enterprise Software

We’ve been involved in the design, development and implementation of enterprise- level software for over 20 years, which is why our team of experts put together this 10-part series on evaluating Enterprise-level software. We’ll cover topics ranging from security, data collection and reporting requirements, implementation resources, pricing / cost models and more, to ensure your next enterprise software deployment is…

Certainty Software Named Rising Star in the Spring 2019 Environmental, Health, & Safety Customer Success Report!

Certainty Software has been named a Rising Star in the Environmental, Health, & Safety category for the Spring 2019 Customer Success Report published by FeaturedCustomers. FeaturedCustomers is the leading customer success content marketing platform for B2B business software & services helping potential B2B buyers make informed purchasing decisions through vendor validated customer success content such as customer testimonials, success stories,…

Get the most out of Business Intelligence reporting with Certainty!

Register now for one of our free webinars.   The latest release of Certainty Software includes a new Business Intelligence reporting tool. Based on Microsoft’s PowerBI technology, this tool is one of the world’s most powerful enterprise-level dashboard reporting tools available. To help you and your team take advantage of this powerful new reporting tool, throughout April we are offering a number of Basic and Advanced training sessions.…

The Pros and Cons of Behavior Based Safety

The corporate world is full of business improvement programs. Sometimes their adoption is a must to survive in a competitive industry or market, other times they are a passing phase better avoided. Good or bad, essential or avoidable, business improvement programs will undoubtedly have both pros and cons and behavior based safety (BBS) is no different.   What is a…

Certainty Software Version 1.7 Ready for Release!

Thrilled to announce Certainty Software version 1.7 is ready for release!   Overview of what’s in the release:   Business Intelligence drill through metrics reporting Add actions ‘on-the-fly’ Dashboard – ‘Previous Day’, ‘Previous Month’ and ‘Previous Year’ parameter settings ‘Save as’ feature for System & Custom Reports Checklist ‘Preview’ in Checklist Builder Time zone stamps on System & Custom Reports…

Business Intelligence Dashboard Ready for Release!

Super excited about the release of the new BI dashboard reporting tool! Dynamic, roll-up, drill through and super powerful!! Ready for launch in our 1.7 release being rolled out now!

5 Tips for a Successful Behavior Based Safety Program

Behavior Based Safety (BBS) is a process centered around the one thing that will never be excluded from workplace safety incidents – people. Behavior Based Safety focuses people’s attention and actions on the daily safety behavior of themselves and those around them. It is the goal of any BBS program to observe what people do, but more importantly, why they…

What is Behavior Based Safety?

Behavior Based Safety (BBS) is a safety management discipline based on the premise that a worker’s behavior is the root cause of many, if not most, workplace incidents and injuries. BBS involves observing employees in the workplace and attempts to influence safer behavior through coaching and educating employees to make safer decisions about their actions. Typically, a BBS program: Involves…

Certainty Helped Rocky Brands Reduce Time Required for Quality Audit Data Collection, Collating and Reporting by Over 70%!

Rocky Brands Inc. is a global leader in apparel and footwear manufacturing and until recently collected their Quality Assurance (QA), Layered Process (LPA), Verification and Lean Manufacturing audit data by hand. Their audit results were then manually keyed into Excel to produce the Quality Management reports and charts needed. Rocky Brands began using Certainty in an effort to improve their auditing…

Excited to be named in Top 10 EHS Software Solutions for 2018!

Thank you @Softwareworld ! View the review.

Free 3-Day Guest Pass ($225 value!) to the NSC Congress & Expo in Houston, October 22- 24.

Join Certainty Software at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Houston on October 22nd – 24th with this FREE 3-Day Guest Pass ($225 value)! Follow this link to get your FREE 3 day Guest Pass and complete a ‘Attendee Registration’. The Certainty Team are at booth 4706 and we look forward to showing you Certainty Software – our world class audit & inspection management software!

Certainty Software Selected As Finalist for Technology Product of the Year!

Certainty Software has been selected as a finalist by VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council) for Product of the Year in the 2018 Technology Awards! Thank you VIATEC!

Management – Responsible for safety AND saving money

When management are pressing for a schedule to be maintained and telling people that the ‘deadline must be met’, they would do well to pause for thought. It’s management that’s responsible for the performance of our people in the field. Recently in the media we’ve seen some notable examples of safety management failure in the shipping industry – but the…

Saving a business money, takes effort!

Unless you’re like the retail business manager who once told me that he was ‘making way too much money to worry about cutting costs’, cost management simply aims to achieve the most cost-effective way of delivering your goods or services to a given level of quality. Cost management isn’t about reducing quality or short-changing customers. The low-cost airlines are arguably…

Certainty Software…Protecting your reputation and assets

Any competent directors will want to comply with the law when managing SHE, but directors will also want to protect the reputation of themselves AND their business from the adverse publicity that a serious accident would bring. Directors and managers will want to avoid undue pressure arising from employees, trade unions and customers because of poor safety and health management…

Certainty Software is guaranteed to reduce the cost of HSE

Business managers may see there’s a cost involved in implementing good HSE systems and there is. However, there’s an enormous cost of not doing it properly. Here at Certainty Software we’ve developed a powerful auditing and inspection tool that’s guaranteed to reduce the cost of managing HSE. This month we’re offering a FREE trial – so be sure to take…

Take the Certainty Software Challenge and See if Your Company can Save $ Thousands of Dollars per Site Every Year!

At Certainty Software Software, we are proud of one very important thing. Our clients save an enormous amount of time and money using Certainty Software – our audit and inspection management software solution. By automating the audit/inspection process with Certainty Software, our clients on average save over $4,000 and avoid more than 125 person hours of data entry, data management…

Is there enough of checklist culture in the mining sector?

The key purpose of this blog series is to help ‘cross-fertilise’ ideas and opinions from one industry sector to another. This week we’re looking at the mining sector and reflect on some of the challenges presented there. We found this great article in support of checklists and recommend you read it in full here,  – my point is you may…

Did checklists help save my life…?

Modern healthcare is an industrial process just like any other. Whether we like it or not, when we go into hospital for surgery we must submit to a process. Quite probably, dozens of individuals are going to get involved in our care. Some of those people will have direct continuous involvement in our care and others will have more peripheral…

“I don’t need these stupid checklists… because I know this stuff already.”

You may think that you don’t need to use checklists because you already know what to do or because you’ve done it a hundred times before. But even though you may have done so yourself or you’ve told other people what to do, it’s only human nature to make mistakes or to try and take short-cuts. Those mistakes or short-cuts…

Help! If anyone else knows how to do this, I can be replaced!

No blog series on checklists can be complete without addressing the resistance that some (many?) people will have to using them. It’s one thing for you to be convinced of the merits of checklists, but if your colleagues don’t think they’re a clever idea, then you’re going to have a struggle on your hands. We need to look at some…

‘Experts’ are sometimes the biggest obstacle…

Sure, there are some disadvantages to using checklists which we’ve touched on in the preceding blogs. But the far biggest obstacle to their successful implementation is the ‘expert’ who’s offended at the thought of ever needing a checklist. That ‘expert’ can be anyone in the organisation. The expert will give any number of reasons checklists are a waste of time but none…

Checklists don’t work….do they?

1 – Because everyone already knows what we need to do! You may think that everyone knows that to do because they’ve done it a hundred times before. But even though we’ve told them what to do, people often don’t listen and frequently try and take short-cuts. Those short-cuts could hurt your operations in many ways and cost you money.…

The 6 Step Process To Create A Checklist

We’ve talked about Atul Gawande before and his book ‘The Checklist Manifesto‘ and, at this early stage in our blog series on checklists, we think it’s worth hammering home some of the points he makes. Boeing, NASA and other large organisations have entire teams dedicated to creating checklists. Fortunately, you can capture significant improvements using checklists even if you are working…

A checklist for checklists? ….why not?

We’ve previously blogged about Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto and also draw your attention http://www.projectcheck.org which is a great help for the medical sector. We suggest you make yourselves familiar with both, but here is a great ‘checklist for checklists’ that’ll help you get started whichever industry you’re in. Just use this as a clear, simple and general guide to…

Checklists?…. where do we start?

Before we get into the detail of industry specific checklists and the issues involved in their design and operation we should remind you about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA’s role is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing…

Do you need help working with checklists?

Do you need help working with checklists? Do you struggle to design the right checklists for your business? – Talk to us and see how we can help, for free*! We can help you find templates to use, ‘sense-check’ the templates you think you’d like to use or even design new templates from scratch – just ask, see how we…

Do we really put ‘Safety First’?…. quite possibly not

We often SAY that safety is our number one priority and we’d probably like it to be. But if we drill down into our business we’d probably find that not everyone agrees with us. We may have signs and slogans plastered all over our walls shouting ‘Safety First’ but in real terms our behaviour probably indicates that ‘getting the job…

A view from the Maritime Union of Australia…

A interesting counter-view of the benefits of Behavioural Based Safety systems is raised here. It’s an aged article and produced by a controversial labour organisation, The Maritime Union of Australia… (c’mon guys, your views have been considered ‘strident’ on occasions in the past…) Nonetheless we think it’s a valid comment and would welcome your own comments and experience, if you…

…How to Focus on the Real Root Cause of Errors

The next blog in our series on how to develop a Behavioural Based Safety System is ‘How to Focus on the Real Root Cause of Errors’ – We don’t like to make things complicated and think you’ll find this a really easy model to follow. Try it out and do please let us know how you get on? Determine the…

‘Tailor’ your Behavioural Based Safety program…

The next in our series on implementing a Behavioural Based Safety system involves ‘tailoring’ the language, style and branding of the program to your own organisation. It’s can be a great idea to use a standard ‘off-the-shelf’ program that has been proven to work elsewhere – but it MUST be tailored to your own organisation so people understand the relevance…

Why not use Certainty Software with IMCA guidance documents?

It’s great to see that the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has undertaken its ambitious project of reviewing every guidance document in their extensive library, ensuring all are fully up-to-date. Work on the project, which started in January 2016, will be completed in the first quarter of this year. The IMCA guidance documents provide an invaluable library of information. Over…

Involving your employees…(but it’s better if we call them ‘people’!)

The fifth blog in our series on implementing a Behavioural Based Safety System discusses how to involve your people… The good news is that it’s common sense and so obvious that a lot of managers don’t bother to do it. But you should, because your people can make you look great or pretty dumb, so the choice is yours… ‘What…

‘Listen’… it’s not all about you!

The fourth blog on our series of how to implement a Behavioural Based Safety System is about the need to listen to your employees and use the process to improve communication in the organisation. Many managers are often stuck on ‘transmit’ and expect their people to continuously listen to them as they spout on about the importance of the latest…

Certainty Software reduces ISM inspection and audit costs across a fleet

The costs and consequences of a major incident on board a ship at sea are extremely high. Certainty Software is an ideal inspection management tool for the maritime sector. It helps manage the huge amount of management data across an entire fleet and multiple office sites instantly and online – Most significantly, in an age of small crews operating a…

Asking for help isn’t easy… but it’s worth trying

In our blog on setting up a Behavioral Based Safety system we suggested (in point 3) contacting others to try and learn from learn from experience. Whenever I’ve done this I’ve initially found the other firms’ management to be stand-offish and apparently feeling at some sort of commercial ‘risk’ as a result of my approach. I found managers often initially…

A pilot intervention for your Behavioral Based Safety System?

The second point of our initial blog on BBS concerns the importance of piloting your intervention. Why conduct a pilot test? A pilot test will help confirm if you are ready for full-scale implementation. A pilot test can serve as a trial run for your program and can help determine if any adjustments to your plan or adaptations to the…

There’s no safety without ‘leadership’.

We can only implement and maintain a functioning health and safety program in a business if the employees, safety leaders and management make safety the company’s number one priority. If management don’t practice what they preach, then health and safety will just remain ‘wishful thinking’. It’s called leadership. Without support from across the organization, safety failures will occur and any…

Clear and realistic goals?

In our last blog, one of the first points we mentioned was the need to to establish clear and realistic goals. Establishing goals for the safety program provides a vital blueprint for managing the organization’s resources to achieve the desired outcomes. The most commonly found goals in any safety and health program include lost-time injury rate, lost workdays, recordable injury…

So how do we start a simple Behavioral Based Safety System?

We’ve talked in previous tweets about Behavioral Based Safety (BBS) programs. We’ve also highlighted key issues such as the needless deaths and injuries that arise from food handling and preparation. If you’re a foods manufacturer or even just a local delicatessen or cafe, why not think more about what you can learn from other sectors like the airline industry? We’ve…

420,000 needless food-related deaths a year… so what are we going to do?

This article refers to something so important, I think it’s worth posting about a second time – and if folk engage with us we might actually make a difference. The World Health Organization says some 420,000 people die each year from food-borne diseases, with young children accounting for more than a quarter of all deaths. The U.N. health agency says…

The Checklist Manifesto – by Atul Gawande

If you’ve read ‘The Checklist Manifesto’ by Atul Gawande you’ll know the amazing effect that the World Health Organisation had by introducing a simple checklist into hospital surgery routines. The surgery infection rates and mortality dropped hugely in those hospitals that were selected for a pilot programme…and now that simple list has been adopted worldwide.  You can imagine the benefit…

South Africa – Food Safety Systems are only effective with management’s full commitment….

The full article on food safety in South Africa can be seen here, but given our interest in South Africa we thought this worth blogging about – Management commitment, reviews and internal audits are really important to food safety. The auditing process and the review of the results along with data from other sources of information about your food safety…

…“They found hundreds of rodent droppings scattered throughout the store…’,

Well, it may be a stock photo and only an illustration but the inspector in this article’s photo is managing her audit the old fashioned way – surely auditors in the foods sector are using more sophisticated tools these days? (like Certainty Software, funnily enough!). But joking aside, it’s obviously a serious problem – and while we’d like inspectors to…

Please don’t yawn – here are 10 easy ways to get your Safety & Health program started…

Please don’t yawn, but this post refers to OHSA’s  10 easy ways to get started on your safety and health program. Implementing these ideas WILL TAKE COST OUT of your business. Like all these things however we strongly suggest applying a robust management program to these ideas so you can control implementation and monitor the effectiveness of what you’re doing.…

Do you believe in rhetoric or action?

A safe workplace is sound business – and a great place to look at reducing operating costs is to scrutinize your ‘safety’ in the workplace. OSHA has recently updated the Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs it first released 30 years ago, to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The new Recommended Practices have…

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