How Tracking Near Misses, Employee Training Reduces Injuries

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The latest trend in workplace safety best practices is tracking “leading indicators” – or events that take the lessons learned from past events – to reduce the chances of future injuries. Safety professionals are increasingly keeping track of near misses, hours spent on training and facility housekeeping and measuring the impact on the organization’s overall safety record. And they are finding that this approach is having a significant impact in preventing injuries. The trend is a new one. For years, workplace safety managers and industrial safety engineers used lagging indicators to track and manage workplace injuries and illness. They would…
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Report, Investigate Near Misses to Improve Safety

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One of the most important workplace safety tools that you can put to use is the reporting of near misses and correcting the factors that led to such a close encounter. A near miss is an event that could have led to a workplace injury, illness or death. While you are not required to report near misses to your insurer, you should be taking note of them as they can help you identify deficiencies in your workplace safety protocols. You should use near misses as the starting point to conduct inspections that could help you prevent a real workplace injury…
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Why You Need to Review, Update Your Business Continuity Plans

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We often urge you to have a risk management plan in place so that you are prepared for the many eventualities that can affect your business. Your risk management plan should be part of a larger business continuity plan for keeping your organization going during periods of disruptions that are both large and small. The plan should be broad to cover prevention and response, and that can only be done with input from representatives of all your firm’s divisions. Companies can spend considerable time putting together a risk management plan that is unique to their workplace and operations. But, after…
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Preventing Warehouse and Factory Fires

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One of the biggest risks to warehouses and production facilities is fires, which can spread rapidly in these environments. Facilities that are most at risk are those that have high ceilings, large footprints and hold large quantities of inventory that is stored close together. Once a fire starts in that kind of setting, it’s difficult to suppress, putting your entire inventory at risk, as well as machinery and the building itself. If you operate such a facility, you need to make sure that you reduce the risk of fires, and that you keep your inventory clear of any potential ignition…
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