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3 Reasons Why HR Should Never be in Charge of Safety.

It is well known how important establishing a safety program is — for continued employee well-being in and for overall business success. When the time comes to determine who will implement and oversee the execution of the safety program, though, there can be a feeling...

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Is Your Safety Performance Strategic or Lucky?

Understandably, organizations implement safety programs with the express purpose of being successful — no one sets out with the purpose of increasing risk and harm. But defining “success” is a very subjective parameter. In most avenues, pursuing success is a fixed...

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What Is Safety Leadership

As a term, it is almost deceptively simple, but safety leadership as a concept is greater than the sum of its parts. At the core, the idea of safety leadership is straightforward enough — a reliable collective of motivated individuals who continuously promote and...

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Guidelines for Developing Safety Leaders

It is widely understood that creating a culture of safety in the workplace requires providing employees with the proper training, tools, equipment, and resources. However, access alone is only the first step — to truly engage employees in committing to day-to-day safe...

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5 Keys to Building High Performing Safety Teams

No matter the size or type of organization, everyone wants high performing teams. High performing teams not only meet productivity and performance goals but go above and beyond to ensure the long-term success of the organization. However, the big question is: how do...

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Selecting an OSHA Response Team

Perhaps the most important step in preparing for an OSHA inspection is selecting the response team. Creating a team of both internal and external partners who can respond when an OSHA inspector arrives at the facility will help your entire organization prepare for...

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Leading Safety Through a Pandemic

It’s no secret we’re navigating a challenging time this year – both personally and in our organizations. The outbreak of a global pandemic has forced us to walk into unprecedented circumstances. As an employer, you are likely overwhelmed by the uncertainty and...

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The Coronavirus and Your Workplace | Precautions to Take

Amidst news of the coronavirus (COVID-19), employers across the globe are taking precautions to protect their workforce from the potential impacts of this disease. Since the media seems to have varying opinions about the virus, our team at Optimum wants to encourage...

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OSHA Releases NEP on Respirable Crystalline Silica

On February 4, 2020 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an updated National Emphasis Program (NEP) focused on silica exposure. Since the updated respirable crystalline silica standard became effective in June of 2016, OSHA has continued...

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The Real Cost of a Workplace Injury

We all know injuries can be expensive, but how many people know exactly how much an injury costs? Finding the real cost of a workplace injury not only shows the financial implications but forces us to think about the auxiliary effects of an incident. When a worker...

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Safety Management Programs Should Be Audited Yearly

Safety audits are designed to collect key information regarding the effectiveness of a company’s safety management programs. These audits are crucial to ensuring compliance with safety legislation - like OSHA regulations, for example. However, these audits serve far...

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How to Create a Successful Employee Safety Program

Creating a successful employee safety program within your own organization is a daunting task. You need to create a real program that actually keeps your employees safe... while simultaneously maintaining a tight budget. Which, oftentimes feels like an impossibility,...

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How to Get Employees Excited About Company Safety Programs

Safety programs are crucial for your employee’s development company-wide; a strong safety program keeps your employees safe, fosters leadership skills, and dramatically improves infrastructural procedures and workflows. There’s just one problem… most safety programs...

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Reasons for an OSHA Inspection

There are four typical reasons an OSHA Inspector would come to your facility: OSHA inspections should always be on your radar, especially if you are operating in a high-risk industry. The frequency of OSHA inspections is consistently high - with over 73,000 State and...

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Metal Fabrication Safety – How to Keep the Shop Safe

Workers in the metal fabrication industry are often exposed to high-risk activities, such as welding ferrous materials. A single day on the job in a metal fabrication facility will quickly and visibly show you the frequency in which dangerous tasks are carried out in...

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Precast Plant Safety Assessment – Why It’s Important

Precast Plant Safety Assessment - Why It’s Important Precast plants deal with a unique set of risks. Specifically, precast concrete is highly caustic, making it a dangerous material for workers to use at the risk of skin burns and falling or crushing damage. ...

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Why Workplace Safety Programs Are Important

Why Workplace Safety Programs Are Important Workplace safety programs seem to be considered more of a nuisance than an opportunity for most organizations. We’ve found that this is mostly due to a misunderstanding of why these programs are so important to an...

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Why Company Safety Culture Has to Start at the Top

Why Company Safety Culture Has to Start at the Top Company safety culture has to start at the top - because ultimately, employees follow behavior modeled by senior leadership. Safety is not an option. It is a practice which responsible leaders cultivate within the...

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Announcing the Optimum Center for Safety Leadership™

Optimum Safety Management™ announces the introduction of the new Optimum Center for Safety Leadership™ (OCSL). The OCSL will include a series of workshops designed to engage leaders across manufacturing and construction sectors and equip them to “own” safety in their workplace.

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5 Ways To Reduce Injuries on the Construction Site

5 Ways To Reduce Injuries on the Construction Site It’s no secret, but it isn’t being talked about nearly enough: construction sites are incredibly hazardous environments. According to OSHA, 1 in every 5 workplace fatalities is a construction worker. That’s a...

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What Is the Lowest Experience Modification Rate Possible?

Lowest EMR Possible When it’s time to calculate your Experience Modification Rate, it goes without saying that a low number is always desired. Just how low can that number go, though? First, you have to plot your EMR The reasoning behind having an assigned Experience...

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A Useful Experience Modification Rate Definition

A Useful Experience Modification Rate Definition Working in any kind of business that requires workers' compensation insurance, you’ve probably come across a line item in your premium quotes that are labeled EMR, or Experience Modification Rate. There are tons of...

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How Do I Find My Experience Modification Rate?

Your Experience Modification Rate is a powerful figure – capable of raising your workman’s compensation premiums through the roof, or lowering them to a nearly insignificant amount. So, it pays to understand exactly how your Experience Modification…

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What Is My Experience Modification Rate (EMR)?

You’re here because of one complex and very important number: your Experience Modification Rate - or EMR. Now, the number itself is small; the industry average floats at 1.0. However, this small number can have a big impact on your business. Namely, your Experience...

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Tinted Face Shield Requirements

Tinted Face Shield Requirements The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that thousands of workers are blinded each year due to eye injuries. These same statistics showed that on average three out of five of these injured employees were not wearing the proper eye and...

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OSHA Crane Operators in Construction New Rule

Updated December 2018 OSHA Proposes New Rule for Crane Operators in Construction On May 18 2018, OSHA published its proposed rule for crane operators in construction to amend requirements in the previous rule from 2010. The proposed rule sought to remove the...

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Emergency Action Plan & Safety Management Training

Focus of the Month: Emergency Action Plan & Safety Management Training Savvy businesses have budget plans and staffing projections because they can be forecast with a reasonable amount of certainty. But how does a business plan for the unexpected? Natural...

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Hierarchy of Controls – Respiratory Protection

Respiratory Protection Hierarchy of Controls Respiratory protection is an essential component of any functioning safety management system. Airborne contaminants (harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, or vapors) can lead to serious respiratory...

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3 Tips – Personal Air Monitors Proper Use

3 Tips for Proper Use of Personal Air Monitors Personal monitors are a PPE item that is easily misunderstood, misused and sometimes, ultimately discarded.  Intended to be a powerful tool to identify levels of gas in the environment, personal air monitors are often...

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Safety Leadership Corner Part 1 – Greatness in Fear

Safety Leadership Corner Part 1: Greatness in Fear with Michael Hartnett For several years, our team has been diving head first into the topic of leadership and its effect on cultural change. We’ve seen the immense impact of strong leadership on our...

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Air Quality in Confined Space

Air Quality in a Confined Space Working in a confined space brings a set of challenges and hazards far different than any other type of work. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines a confined space as any space that “has limited or...

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