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Your next safety initiative will (probably) fail

It's unfortunate. But the reality is that many safety initiatives fail to make a meaningful difference in the behaviors and safety of employees.

Below we'll cover the 3 most common failures, as well as the 8 steps to making safety stick at your company.

The 3 most common failures of safety initiatives

Failure #1: Not Sharing Accountability

Although it's powerful when accountability comes from people of authority, it's far more impactful when it comes from your peers. Give your employees the power and ability to speak up about unsafe acts by having a see something, say something, do something mentality. 

Topics: Safety / Compliance

OSHA Inspection Survival Guide

An OSHA inspector arrives at your door, unannounced, and wants to conduct an inspection of your workplace. What do you do?

Topics: Safety / Compliance

New OSHA Recordkeeping Process

After many roll backs and talks of elimination, OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA) website is now live. As many of you remember, this is the first year that we will have to directly submit the information off of our OSHA 300a, 300, 301 logs directly to OSHA via the ITA. The current deadline to submit is December 1st, 2017.

Topics: Safety / Compliance

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Silica Standard for Construction

OSHA originally set an enforcement date of June 23, but has delayed it to September 23 of this year. They delay is due to OSHA wanting "to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers", but it is likely this delay will lead to a cut of this potential new standard. So - what should employers do?

Topics: Construction Safety / Compliance

New FMCSA Investigative Techniques

The FMCSA recently announced that they are changing their process for performing compliance reviews. Specifically they referred to expanded interviews with members within the organization. Truth is - they have been doing this for a while, but recently completed all of the training and therefore made the announcement. Does this mean that compliance reviews have changed? 

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

FMCSA Releases Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Final Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) is establishing the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse). This new database will contain information pertaining to violations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) controlled substances (drug) and alcohol testing program for holders of CDLs.   

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

Anti-Retaliation Rule Has Taken Effect, December 1

Yesterday was the final day that the Texas lawsuit against the OSHA anti-retaliation and discrimination rule could have pushed off the rule to a later date. However, a judge denied the preliminary injunction that would have delayed the enforcement from taking effect as scheduled. As a result of this ruling. the final rule went into effect on December 1, 2016.

Topics: Safety / Compliance Manufacturing

FMCSA Compliance Doesn't Equal Safety Performance

In some trucking companies, the words safety and compliance are used interchangeably. The line that divides these two areas has been further blurred as focus has been placed on CSA numbers by federal regulators - but, don't be fooled by simply complying with the FMCSA to boost your safety performance. 

 

 

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

New URS Regulations Ahead

On December 12, 2015 the Unified Registration System (URS) began its implementation process of retiring old systems and unifying the regulatory structure for the industry. The goal of this new system is to replace all of the FMCSA's current registration databases with one unified registration process that also acts as a main source of data. This system will be fully phased in by the April 14th, 2017 deadline and requires full compliance by all before then. 

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

Ask the Advisor: OSHA Law, WC Law, and Drug & Alcohol Policies

Recent changes to Wisconsin Worker's Compensation laws have garnered much confusion surrounding an employer's Drug & Alcohol Policy. And with the upcoming OSHA law going into effect on August 11, 2016, drug and alcohol testing following a work injury is going to get a lot trickier. Here are three questions commonly asked when discussing compliance in these areas. 

 

Topics: Safety / Compliance