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BBS Training – Optimizing Your Behavior Based Safety Management

Behavior-based safety (BBS) training is a proactive approach to workplace safety that focuses on identifying and changing unsafe behaviors. It is based on the idea that most accidents and injuries are caused by unsafe behaviors rather than unsafe conditions. By addressing these behaviors, organizations can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. […]

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What is a Behavior Based Safety Observation?

A behavior based safety observation (BBSO) is a technique used to identify and correct unsafe behaviors in the workplace. It involves watching and analyzing the actions of employees while they work, with the goal of identifying any behaviors that may lead to accidents or injuries. […]

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5 Challenges When Switching From Paper-based Inspections to Digital Inspections

Table of contents If you are a business that relies on paper-based inspections, you are likely familiar with the challenges that come with this type of system. Paper-based inspections can be cumbersome and inefficient, from time-consuming data entry to the difficulty of tracking and storing inspection data. Fortunately, there is a better way. Digital inspections […]

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ISO 45001: the Occupational Health and Safety Standard

Workplace injuries are a prevalent problem for companies and a costly one at that. The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates approximately 340 million workplace accidents annually. From a cost perspective, these accidents can result in potential lawsuits, incurring medical expenses, increased insurance premiums, and an overall loss in productivity. Equally important is the damage to your company’s reputation with your customers or clients. […]

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OSHA Recordable vs Reportable: What are the Differences?

OSHA filing and report submissions can be a daunting task for the 8 million US OSHA-compliant worksites. Confusion about whether a work-related incident is recordable or reportable is a challenge for many businesses. However, it’s important to get it right or face the risk of being penalized.

To help simplify the processes, we’ll clarify what separates an OSHA recordable incident from an OSHA reportable incident. […]

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The COSHH Risk Assessment: What it is and How to Complete it

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations (COSHH) requires employers to monitor and manage the use of any substances that are potentially hazardous to health. According to the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE), these substances may include (but are not limited to) chemicals and products containing hazardous chemicals […]

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Considering COSHH — What’s Covered and Who’s Impacted

Hazardous substances in the workplace pose potential health risks. Consider a manufacturing plant with an excess of dust and vapors. Not only could these substances harm workers after prolonged exposure, but could lead to even more significant hazards such as unexpected and uncontrolled fire or explosions. This isn’t just an academic risk — as noted by World-Grain, the United States experiences eight-grain dust explosions every year on average. […]

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Incident vs Accident — Understanding the Differences for Improved Safety

Accidents happen. According to the International Labour Organization, approximately 340 million workplace accidents happen each year.

But accidents don’t tell the whole story. While taking steps to reduce the risk of accidents can help keep workers safe and limit potential disruptions, organizations also need to consider the role of incidents in improving overall safety. […]

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What is EHS — and How Do You Stay Compliant?

According to recent survey data, 68% of staff say they don’t feel completely safe at work. Reasons vary — some are worried about risks to their health from airborne contaminants or caustic materials, and others are concerned about environmental issues such as working conditions and procedural risks. Still, others point to safety concerns around current operations that could put their lives and livelihoods at risk. […]

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The Differences Between OSHA 301, 300, and 300A

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was developed in 1971 to set and enforce a standard level of safe working conditions and prevent workplace injuries, illness, and work-related fatalities. And since its implementation, OSHA has helped to reduce workplace fatalities by 60%, while workplace injury and illness rates have dropped by 40%. A key […]

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Safety Observations: 9 Common Examples

Health and safety are everyone’s business. Companies that make safety a shared responsibility across front-line staff, managers, and C-suite executives are better equipped to identify, quantify, and remediate key issues. One key component in creating a safety culture is the Safety Observations Report. By documenting potentially unsafe practices and processes on-site, organizations can create action plans to address these issues — before they cause loss of productivity or serious harm. […]

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Hazard vs Risk: What’s the Difference?

Hazards and risks are interconnected. Both represent potential problems for companies if workers are injured as a result of preexisting hazards or risks, the results could have both short- and long-term implications on health and safety. It’s worth noting, however, that while hazards and risks are similar, they’re not the same thing. […]

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What is an ISO Audit — and Why Does Your Business Need One?

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an independent, non-governmental international organization and certification body with more than 167 members. The goal of the ISO is to create voluntary international standards that help companies evaluate and improve current processes. ISO has been creating and evolving standards for more than 70 years, helping companies stay up-to-date […]

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What is HACCP?

HACCP, which stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, is defined as a “management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement, and handling, to manufacturing, distribution, and consumption of the finished product,” according to the FDA. In practice, HACCP […]

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