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Monthly Archives: January 2017

  • Safety Starts With Me 2017

    safety starts with me 2017"Safety Starts With Me" is an annual competition where interested parties can submit creative entries in the effort to spread a message about the never-ending importance of workplace and social safety. Each year, the contest encourages contributors to take action by creating and submitting an impactive message that motivates others to make safe decisions while creating awareness.
     
    The theme for 2017 is "Prevent all injuries. Go home safe and healthy." The focus here is to reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities by being mindful of hazards.
     
    Whether it be work or school, everyone deserves a safe environment to perform their duties. Although we may not always think of it, the ability to make it home safe & sound is a top priority. By working together, we can help reach a goal of zero harm. We believe that most injuries and ill-health are totally preventable, yet dependent on awareness and proper action.
     
    If you'd like to contribute, you might consider some of the ongoing hazards that affect your workplace and then utilize your preferred platform to create a powerful message that is informative, direct, and thought-provoking. How can we minimize these hazards? How can we create a healthier and safer work/learning environment for all? How can we improve our quality of life through an improved understanding of the issues we face?
     
    Categories for submissions include creative story writing, creative photography, poster drawing, animation and short film. Get your entry form here to get started!
     
    Best of all, there are rewards for the best submissions and you may be awarded up to $4,000! Winning submissions will be featured and showcased on various workplace safety and health council platforms including websites, exhibitions, publications and more. For more details and information, click here. The deadline for submissions is March 21, 2017 and winners will be announced in April. Get started, get creative and help make a difference in the world by spreading your message loud and clear!
     

  • 2017 BLR Safety Summit: April 3 - 5 in Austin, TX

    2017 BLR Safety SummitThe 2017 BLR Safety Summit is a platform and forum for the exchange of cost-effective and beneficial safety solutions for the for the workplace. If you're interested in improving the safety of your business while managing OSHA compliance and simultaneously benefiting your bottom line, you can't afford to miss out on this event.
     
    "Research shows that every dollar invested in injury prevention results in a $2 to $6 return for businesses, proving that risk management and training is an effective means of ensuring your company's financial health. Join us at the 2017 Safety Summit to get a rock-solid action plan to achieve total compliance and positive outcomes in the year ahead."
     
    By attending and participating, you'll get face-to-face time with industry experts and regulators and a chance to get answers and insight to your most important workplace safety questions. The event's goal is to provide a better understanding of the regulatory aspect of overall industry and various specialty fields. Attendance and sponsorship is a tax-deductible, risk-free investment in the future of your company, co-workers and employees.
     
    As an attendee, you'll learn about:
     
    • The biggest OSHA enforcement trends and initiatives for 2017
    • Expert tips for avoiding fatalities, injuries and costly penalties
    • New regulations and rules, including how to manage their compliance
    • New technologies for safety training
    • Acing OSHA safety inspections and avoiding penalties
    • OSHA's Final Rule on Silica
    • Ergonomic strategies to increase productivity
    • Effective inury and illness reporting
    • Risk management using the latest job hazard analysis tools and data
    • Safety recertification and professional development
    • .... and more!
     
    The nations leading industry professionals count on Safety Summit to network, share information, and collaborate on important safety issues. Attendees enjoy access to high-quality, consolidated insight and information that from a business and safety perspective is priceless. If you're serious about safety, you'll definitely want to consider attending.
     
    The 2017 Safety Summit is Scheduled for April 3 to April 5, 2017 in Austin, Texas. For more information and detail on attendance and/or sponsorship, visit the 2017 BLR Safety Summit Wesbite today. Join the nation's leaders in safety, compliance and strategy to create a better working environment for all.
     

  • 2017 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

    2017 world congress on safety and health at workIf you're seeking high-level insight for safety management in the workplace, you might be interested in the 21st World Congress on Safety & Health at Work. Every three years, this event is held as an information exchange as well as a meeting and learning initiative among business owners, experts, safety professionals, officials and authorities. Hosted at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore from September 3 to September 6 of 2017, the program focuses on the continued importance and improvement of international workplace safety.
     
    The event consists of multiple events featuring high-level speakers and safety professionals from around the world, technical sessions, global safety issues and resolutions, symposia, poster exhibition, an international media festival for prevention, youth forum prevention, and the International Health and Safety Exhibition which will be held in unison as a supporting event. Technical and social tours will also be available to enrich the understanding and appreciation o local culture, key industries, and occupational safety and health development.
     
    Early registration is available for the event right now. Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are also available, but space is limited. For more information and details, please visit the on the 2017 World Congress on Safety and health website. We hope to see the global workplace environment become safer, healthier and more productive for all. It begins with you, so get involved!
     

  • Looking Ahead: Workplace Safety in 2017

    workplace safety in 2017It's a new year, but what does that actually mean for workplace safety? Realistically speaking, the main difference between this year and last is that it's a new time frame for safety statistics to be taken. However, it's also a solid timeframe to set and reach new personal (and team) goals in the workplace.
     
    Surely this year will bring new safety regulations set forth by various institutions as well as improvements in the areas of safety equipment development - both of which come naturally with the progression of time. Regardless, it's important to understand that additional regulations don't necessarily make for a safer work environment. The only real changes that will take place are dependent on you and your coworkers; your awareness, work habits, and willingness to teach, learn and improve all of these things for the benefit of everyone.
     
    Let's take a look at something interesting.
     
    When the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported their revised (and final) numbers for the 2014 work year, they noted a 5.1% increase over the previous year for workers who died from traumatic events. Additionally, falls/slips/trips increased by 13% in the same time period. Furthermore, there was an increase in deaths among older workers as well as temporary and/or contract workers. These were primarily increases in the sectors of agriculture, mining, construction and manufacturing.
     
    According to experts, the increase was not a result of economical upsurge.
     
    On April 26, of 2016 The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) released a report titled Preventable Deaths 2016 which outlines more than 100,000 annual deaths related to direct workplace trauma, as well as from long-term exposure to on-the-job hazards. The report outlines many issues, shortcomings, and preventative measures geared towards a safer, more productive work environment across a variety of sectors and occupations.
     
    Particularly alarming are the statistics for fatal injuries in mining (up 17%) and agriculture (up 14%), manufacturing (up 9%) and construction (up 6%). Fatal injuries for workers 55 and over were the highest they've ever been. Female workers experienced a 13% overall increase in fatal work injuries in 2014 as compared to 2013.
     
    Now, it's important to note that these numbers take a while to come in and be thoroughly evaluated. At first glance, 2014 was thought to be a better year than 2013 in regards to fatalities; it took nearly 2 years to realize 2014 was more lethal.
     
    The real questions we need to be asking are "How and why?" are fatalities increasing?
     
    With our current technology and with our highly developed safety equipment and safety standards, why are more people dying? Do we not live in an age where we should be able to eliminate a rather large percentage of workplace injuries and deaths? Are we really so careless? Are employers to blame? Are employees simply disregarding the best-practices for their occupations? Is it more complicated than providing a simple answer???
     
    Of course there are many factors that contribute to each and every fatality. It wouldn't be fair or honest to place the blame on a single area or group of people without the proper data to back it up. Nonetheless, something is preventing us from seeing a solid decline. Over the decades, we have surely seen the numbers decrease, but is it really enough? Can't we do better? Is the pursuit of profits and paychecks really taking priority over safety? Are we all so ignorant as to assume "It can't happen to me"?
     
    We don't have the answers, and we're not sure that anyone actually does. Mistakes will happen, and accidents will happen - which is why we call them "accidents".
     
    What we do know, as a fact, is that a safer workplace begins with YOU. Whether you're a boss or a manager, supervisor or laborer, short-term or long-term employee; it begins with you. We all need to take the initiative to create a better workplace for ourselves and our co-workers. We need to be setting the example for the next generation of workers. We need to let our intelligence and abilities shine, proving that we're capable of performing our jobs safely. After all, the information is out there. We're living in a world of unlimited resources and ignorance is not a very valid excuse. We need to look out for one another as well as ourselves.
     
    Now, we'd also like to mention that the overwhelming majority of workers do take safety quite seriously - but that doesn't mean there is no room for improvement. Is a human life really worth an hour of saved work? Or even a few minutes? Is pressuring your employees or co-workers to work dangerously really profitable? Is taking a risk that you "think" is okay really worth a lifetime in a wheelchair, or a family without a father or mother?
     
    We like to think that we all have the best intentions in mind. We believe that most workers have a fear and awareness of workplace hazards, yet we're still confident that we can all make tiny improvements. Whether you're working alone or as a team, it's important to think things through. Be timely yet safe, effective yet cautious. Don't let the stresses of the job frustrate you and get the best of you. Safety comes first.
     
    Here's to hoping you're able to take something away from this post. We encourage you to make 2017 a better year in the workplace, even if you had a flawless 2016. Give a pointer to the new guy. Take that extra safety class. Keep up with safety advancements in your field. Lend a helping hand. Point out hazards that might otherwise go unnoticed. Give your best effort to make your workplace a safe, productive, and respectable one in 2017.
     
    Have a great year and stay safe out there!
     

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