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The Downstream Costs of a Work-Related Injury

The Downstream Costs of a Work-Related Injury

The impact of a work-related injury is immediate. The injured employee’s work ceases as they are examined by a medical professional, worker’s compensation paperwork begins to be filled out and filed, and the employee is sent home to recover. This scenario and the...

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The Differences Between Safety Management and Safety Culture

The Differences Between Safety Management and Safety Culture

“Safety management” and “safety culture” as phrases are so close linguistically that they are likely used interchangeably by most. But these terms each serve specific purposes. Understanding where the nuances lie between what makes up safety management and what falls...

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Blowing the Dust Off: 4 Tips to Update Your Safety Manuals

Blowing the Dust Off: 4 Tips to Update Your Safety Manuals

For most organizations, safety manuals exist as foundational documents. They provide detailed, necessary guidance for employees and supervisors trying to navigate their duties. Manuals need to stay relevant to continue playing a critical role for employees. Letting...

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Fatal Injuries on the Rise: It’s Time to Refocus Safety

Fatal Injuries on the Rise: It’s Time to Refocus Safety

Advancements in technology and automation continue to improve workflow and efficiency across industries, revolutionizing what work looks like for many organizations. As these dynamic systems are applied to new processes in businesses, it’s important that they do not...

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Inside Safety Pro vs. Outside Safety Pro: Which is Better?

Inside Safety Pro vs. Outside Safety Pro: Which is Better?

For an organization to make the most informed decisions regarding their safety program, a fully comprehensive view of the situation — the data, the safety culture, and how the organization operates — is required. To some organizations, this means turning to a trusted,...

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You Need to Be Safer But Don’t Know Where to Start

You Need to Be Safer But Don’t Know Where to Start

When the latest safety numbers come in and an uptick in on-site injuries is noticed, naturally, the alarm bells start ringing. Not only are injuries costly, but continued employee safety and morale are the backbone of quality, efficient work. However, getting to the...

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You CAN Continue Safety Training During a Pandemic

You CAN Continue Safety Training During a Pandemic

The world continues to be upended as we work together dealing with the waves of change from the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting how we work, how we plan, and how we fundamentally operate day in and day out. More than ever, safety has become a major point of focus for...

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Identify Gaps in Your Safety Game

Identify Gaps in Your Safety Game

Closing out the fourth quarter, now is the time to take a macro look at the data compiled over the last year and use the findings to build out a roadmap for the new year. Naturally, this leads many organizations to turn a more critical eye toward safety and finding...

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Follow-up Is Critical to Make Training Stick

Follow-up Is Critical to Make Training Stick

Training sessions and workshops are spaces dedicated to learning, without distraction. When employees take safety training courses, they’re able to focus solely on the material at hand, fully engaging with the topics, and immediately showing what they’ve learned...

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Start 2021 with a New Commitment to Safety

Start 2021 with a New Commitment to Safety

With the new year fast approaching, the time to start drafting resolutions is here. While there are innumerable little changes that can help here or there in daily life, the best resolutions are ones that create a lasting impact for the greater good, such as...

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Common OSHA Violations for the Precast Industry

Common OSHA Violations for the Precast Industry

Vigilance in on-the-job safety is a must. While some safety practices become routine, skipping these practices is what leads to injuries and incidents, which break up the routine, but for all of the worst reasons. In a continual effort to curb increasing injuries, and...

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Why Safety Starts at the Top

Why Safety Starts at the Top

Safety within an organization is non-negotiable — it’s a must have piece. A fundamental right, an ethical imperative, and a financial concern. Safety is a foundational pillar for organizations, but safety is about much more than mitigating risk. A successful safety...

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4 Ways to Continue Improving COVID-19 Safety

4 Ways to Continue Improving COVID-19 Safety

With the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) proving to be a continually pervasive aspect in our day-to-day lives, organizations will need to continue implementing safety precautions to best protect themselves and their employees...

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What is a Culture of Safe Production™?

What is a Culture of Safe Production™?

Goals need to be fulfilled, KPIs need to be maintained, and projected targets need to be delivered upon. In so many words, the pressure is on.  Within a production environment, this is the everyday reality—a continuous cycle of needs to be met. The hectic nature of...

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Is Budgeting for Injuries a Smart Move?

Is Budgeting for Injuries a Smart Move?

There are many practical and sensible areas where establishing a budget would be an ideal allocation of resources. For instance, organizations will look at the realms of marketing, client outreach, or research and development, and find that establishing a budget for...

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What Is Safety Leadership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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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