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NSC is Happening THIS MONTH! Come visit us at Booth #602!

We’ll be hittin’ the road later this month… Join us at the 2017 NSC Congress & Expo in Indianapolis, IN September 25 – 27!

Aside from the fact that we love it – the NSC Congress & Expo is the world’s largest annual “must attend” event for safety, health, and environmental professionals. It’s been around for over 100 years to demonstrate the industry-leading technology, education, networking opportunities, and products and services needed to stay at the top of your safety game.

And for Evolved Safety, it gives us a chance to showcase our current offerings and help us keep a pulse on the industry so we can continue to offer products and services that are innovative and relevant for YOU. We’ll be on the expo floor, Booth #602, all three days of the exhibition.

And for you? The best thing is that you get to come say hi to us in person, with the added benefit of seeing all kinds of vendors, speakers, products, and more! But in all honestly, it’s a great way to learn more about an industry that we all love – safety.

Contact us for information on registration and more!

Break Down the Language Border – Train Your Global Workforce with Evolved Safety

A company doesn’t have to have locations around the world to require training in multiple languages. Maybe you outsource your manufacturing or have an office in another country. Or maybe you employ immigrant workers whose native language isn’t English. Whatever your situation, do you have the training that will accommodate those workers to ensure their safety?

We found a very notable statistic we’d like to share with you – according to the International Labour Organization, everyday, 6,300 people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases – more than 2.3 million deaths per year. That’s hard to imagine, as here in the United States, we had just under 5,000 fatal workplace injuries in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And of the U.S. fatalities, Latino workers had a significantly higher fatality rate compared to non-Latino white workers, with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reporting that language differences between immigrant workers and their supervisors/coworkers are one of the most frequently cited challenges companies face in promoting safety among immigrant workers. Around the world, this situation is one that companies with global workers face every day.

That being said, there is a greater need than ever to consider if a global safety training plan is relevant to you and your organization.

It’s true, though, that training a global workforce can be tricky – there are all kinds of articles out there to support the the challenging aspects of offering globalized workplace safety training. Take an article in the Huffington Post, for one, that talks about the mistakes companies make when considering global safety training. It mentions that many companies focus on the fact that the law said they have to have a plan instead of focusing on how important it is for the well-being of their employees, as well as fail to take into account things like linguistic diversity, high costs, and time zones that can present additional challenges all of their own.

The good news? The benefits outweigh the challenges. And some of the challenges are made easier or aren’t challenges at all when you find the right workplace safety training. That’s where we come in.

Train smarter, not harder with Evolved Safety. As the employer, creating a health and safety plan that encompasses your global workers shouldn’t take more work than necessary. We get it – finding the right training can be difficult. But with the right consulting team by your side, finding a global safety training solution to fit your needs is easy.

We recommend an online training solution that includes a Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver your international training. We’ll work with you to find the perfect vendor that will solve all of the challenges mentioned previously and then some. Take a peek:

  • Customization – Customize courses to solve translation issues, cultural concerns, and education levels for a highly tailored online training program that fits the needs of even a very small segment of your workforce.
  • Time-Efficient and Inexpensive – Online training is perfect for any size company looking for something budget-friendly that doesn’t require hired professionals for content creation or instruction.
  • Time Zone Friendly – Access you and your employee’s online training from anywhere, at any time, regardless of location. With online training, you can even include recorded webinars and video training sessions for an in-person experience.
  • Consistent Training – Ensure consistency and compliance with a LMS that gives you and your employees a centralized dashboard to manage training and performance.

For more questions or concerns regarding your global safety training needs, shoot us an email or give us a call today for a conversation.

 

Proactive Safety Management Webinar

In your role as the safety professional at your company, we understand that your role and responsibilities require you to react and follow up on a wide array of issues that come up daily. We are introducing short informative webinars that will focus on the move away from reactive safety management towards a proactive culture.

Evolved Safety and SHE Software are regularly approached by organizations where safety professionals require support to help senior managers recognize the benefits of moving away from a reactionary culture to a more positive process.

We find that, in many of these organizations, the staff responsible for managing safety have a high administrative burden and spend most of their time re-entering data, reworking incorrect records, searching for information, updating documents, manual reporting and chasing actions.  These inefficient processes prevent them from promoting proactive health and safety.

To demonstrate how we can help you free up that time to proactively manage health and safety across your company to improve safety performance as well as demonstrating financial and productivity benefits, we have arranged for one of our experts to run a 20-minute webinar that will cover the common admin burdens we see and how we can assist you to solve them.

You are invited to attend the webinar on Thursday, September 14th at 2:00 pm Eastern time.  Places are limited so please do not hesitate to register should you wish to attend.

We have over 850 global organizations using our solutions. Click here to view some of our customers.

Get Even MORE Choices in Driver Safety Training! Evolved Safety Partners with AlertDriving

We’re steering our way to increased safety on the road with our new partner… We are happy to announce that Evolved Safety has partnered with Alert Driving to offer you even MORE choices for your driver safety training needs, and we’re excited to tell you about it.

Let’s face it – we drive everyday, and that means your employees drive everyday, too… whether it be office workers, delivery workers, or otherwise. An upwards of 250 million people are licensed to drive in the United States, and the number is only growing. With it, come more driving accidents and incidents that can cause worker injury, time away from work, worker’s compensation, and more… so more vendor options means we can find a better training fit your company.

What we like about Alert Driving is that they work hard to deliver personalized, fully interactive training programs targeted to each and every driver’s specific risk factors. This gives you the ability to start tracking driver behavior fleet-wide from one location, all with worldwide content delivery, superior data scalability, and full-service program support from day one. Check out these driver topics:

  • Defensive Driver Training
  • Fuel Efficient Eco Training
  • Service Vehicle Training
  • Commercial Truck Training
  • Large Passenger Van Training
  • Medium Duty Vocational Trucks Training
  • CSA Driver Training
  • Powered-Two Wheel Training
  • Trailer Training

We love choices, especially when it comes to training. Why? Because it’s our job to find the training that best matches your needs, and more choice with companies like Alert Driving let’s us do that for you.

Want to see if Alert Driving has a topic you need? Give us a call and let’s discuss!

Check Out our NEW Software Option, Assure, from SHE-Health and Safety Software

Software is one of those things that makes the world go ‘round, and since we’re always on the look out for “the next best thing” for your safety consulting needs, we’ve got a pretty cool announcement – Evolved Safety has partnered with SHE Software to offer their robust software system, Assure.

For those of you who haven’t heard of SHE Software, here’s the rundown. They’ve been delivering software solutions to a global customer base for more than 20 years. Their latest solution, Assure, is now used by over 850 organizations worldwide with more than half a million individual users. Assure offers customizable options to give you exactly what you need – a user-friendly solution with a comprehensive workflow, allowing you to collect and verify information with reporting in multiple formats.

Take a peek at the types of modules you’ll see within their system:

  1. Risk Management
  2. Incident Management
  3. People & Training Management
  4. Asset Management
  5. Behavioral Management
  6. Auditing
  7. Contractor Management
  8. Environmental Assessment
  9. Portal

These modules excite us – SHE Software offers a unique way of organizing everything you need for your safety management by focusing on configurability rather than customized solutions by utilizing a single version of software. This makes maintenance simpler and cheaper and the software more robust and reliable. It also means that software can be reconfigured to meet your changing needs, eliminating the need for the expensive future upgrades.

We look forward to working with SHE Software and learning more about how Assure can help with our customer’s software solution needs.

Want to learn more? Shoot us a call or email!

 

Protecting Temporary Workers is Part of your Full-Time Job

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The difference between temporary and permanent employees is easy enough to understand, but when it comes safety in the workplace, they should be trained the same. From a hospital hiring a nursing intern to a staffing agency hiring a temporary machine operator for another company, workers must be protected from hazards in the workplace regardless of the industry or type of employee. Temporary workers often require the same attention, if not more than, your other full-time employees… and here’s why.

Temporary work comes in all shapes and sizes, and many times the workers filling these positions have done all kinds of jobs with all kinds of training. But if they are not properly trained on safety precautions at YOUR workplace or on how YOUR company operates, things could get messy. Here are some concerns regarding temporary workers from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  1. Temporary workers get placed in a variety of jobs, including the most hazardous jobs.
  2. Temporary workers are more vulnerable to workplace safety and health hazards and retaliation than workers in traditional employment relationships.
  3. Temporary workers are often not given adequate safety and health training or explanations of their duties by either the temporary staffing agency or the host employer.

Shared Training Duties

Regarding the training of temporary employees, OSHA says that to ensure a clear understanding of each employer’s role in protecting employees, the temporary staffing agency and the host employer must set out their respective responsibilities for compliance with applicable OSHA standards in their contract. Including such terms in a contract will ensure that each employer complies with all relevant regulatory requirements, thereby avoiding confusion as to the employer’s obligations.

In other words, if you are using a staffing firm for your temporary workforce, that staffing firm should create safety awareness among employees and provide general safety training. Depending on the job task or work atmosphere where more specific safety training is needed, the staffing firm and host employer should communicate what training will be provided and by whom. OSHA is allowed to cite staffing firms for situations in which they knowingly assign workers to dangerous environments with no training, but the responsibility for ensuring worker safety likely falls upon the host employer – so we hope you’ve been paying attention.

What You Can Do

As an extra reminder boost, we thought it would be a good idea to come up with a list of items that you as an employer need to consider regarding your temporary employees. This list is available for download as well, in case you want to print it out and hang by your desk.

Training – Chances are, all employees at your company will need training in one form or another – whether it’s regarding the handbook, job duties, safety precautions, emergency plans, etc.  ALL EMPLOYEES need required and applicable training specific to job duties.

PPE – Don’t skimp on PPE requirements for your workers, temporary and permanent employees alike. If the job requires it, you need to offer it.

Recordkeeping – An injury or illness is exactly that – an injury or illness, regardless of an employee’s’ payroll status. Make sure your logs are up-to-date with all goings-on in your workplace.

Emergency Procedures – Each employee needs to be trained on the specific plan of actions in response to an emergency event at your company. Such plans may depend on your industry and/or location, which is important to note for all temporary workers. Plans may include: fire, medical emergency, natural disaster, active shooter, chemical spillage or release, gas leak, etc.

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Steer Your Drivers Toward Safety

Download Our Distracted Driving PDF

We’ve all done it. Call your friend to make plans, find the perfect radio station, take another sip of soda, or linger your gaze on that cool car in the next lane – all while driving. You may think it’s second nature, but it’s still considered distracted driving.  And in looking at statistics from 2015, we are reminded yet again just how dangerous distractions while driving can be, claiming 3,477 lives and injuring more than 390,000, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Though many states are enacting law to prevent mobile device use while at the wheel, such as banning texting or talking on the phone while driving, there’s much you can do to bring awareness to the issue both at home and in the workplace.

But first: what is distracted driving? Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention away from driving. You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention; thus, any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing. There are three main types of distraction that you need to be aware of:

  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving

Can anyone guess what the #1 type of distracted driving is out there on the roads? Yup, you probably guessed right – Texting. Sending or reading a text incorporates all three types of distraction. During daylight hours, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cellphones while driving, which creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads. Employees who use a mobile device while driving are four times more likely to crash.

So, what can you do to protect yourself and others while on the road? As an employer, it’s your responsibility to train your workforce of the dangers of distracted driving. So with you in mind, we put together an informational flyer that you can give to your workers and drivers alike. Please keep in mind, however, that this is *not* to be used in place of actual distracted driving training, only as a refresher and guideline.

Download, print, and get them in the hands of your workforce today. »

As the Summer Heats Up, So Should Your Heat Stress Training

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The danger of working in heat isn’t news to any of us, but it’s always good to have a refresher on the dos and don’ts when heat is a factor at work. The biggest and most important reason why this is true – according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure to heat can cause illness and death – and that should be avoided at all costs.

We’ve found that the best way for all workers – employers and employees alike – to quickly understand the best ways to keep you and your workers safe while on the job is to spend time researching… so that’s what we did. As an employer, here is a checklist from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration just for you on how to mitigate heat illness in your workplace:

  • Establish a complete heat illness prevention program
  • Provide training about the hazards leading to heat stress and how to prevent them
  • Make sure at least one pint of cool water per hour is provided to workers in or close to the work area
  • Modify work schedules and arrange frequent rest periods with water breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas
  • Gradually increase workloads over time and allow more frequent breaks for new workers or for those that have been away to acclimate them working in the heat
  • Routinely check workers who are at risk of heat stress due to protective clothing and high temperature
  • Consider protective clothing that provides cooling

With your employees in mind, we then composed a quick checklist of considerations and must-haves for you to post in your workplace or worksite for reference. Download our Heat Stress PDF here. Read it for awareness.

Stay Secure in your Fall Protection with the Right Safety Training

Fall protection is a hot topic right now – and not just in the construction industry, but for general industry as well. With updated standards and constantly evolving safety concerns, are you prepared and in compliance for what’s ahead?

If you recall back on January 17 of this year, the final rule was made effective for the updated Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. A new section was also included for employers regarding the requirements for using personal fall protection systems under the general industry Personal Protective Equipment standards. So for all you general industry folks, this is a good thing!

Here are some cool numbers and the reason why we’re excited: OSHA estimates the prevention of 29 fatalities and more than 5,842 injuries annually, which will affect approximately 112 million workers at seven million worksites.

That being said, are you in compliance with the new Fall Protection standard? Regardless of your answer (which we want to be “yes”), now’s a great time to take a look at your safety training plan to make sure you’re covered. Having new or updated safety standards provides a good opportunity for you to reevaluate your needs. So, let’s walk through some steps you can take:

   • Evaluate your Workplace and Training Needs

First things first – when was the last time you evaluated your workplace safety needs, and more specifically, fall protection? Especially with this new update, there could be some new rules that you can use to your advantage. For example, the most significant update in the new rule is allowing employers to select the fall protection system that works best for them, giving you the opportunity to choose from a range of accepted options including personal fall protection systems. Just so you know, OSHA has permitted the use of personal fall protection systems in construction since 1994 and the final rule adopts similar requirements for general industry. Other changes include allowing employers to use rope descent systems up to 300 feet above a lower level, prohibiting the use of body belts as part of a personal fall arrest system, and requiring worker training on personal fall protection systems and fall equipment.

   • Update Training Materials

In with the new and out with the old. New standards means new or updated training – that is if you want to stay in compliance and not get fined. Now that you’ve evaluated your current training needs, it’s time to find the right training materials and put them into place. For this fall protection standard in particular, make sure your current vendor offers the updates in their training. If they don’t, there are all kinds of safety training vendors to choose from. If you’re not sure where to start or are looking for new training options, it’s a good idea to call a safety consultant who has experience working with several vendors and training offerings to help you find the training that will best fit your specific needs. And once that’s done, you can educate your workforce.

   • Educate your Workers

Make sure your workers know the 411 of the new standard and training procedures. As the employer, YOU are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for your employees. For best results, training should be conducted in a way that best suits your audience to allow for higher comprehension and retention of material. Offering different medias for training, such as DVD, interactive online, or onsite, can help you create a more tailored training plan. If you’re looking to take your training to the next level, creating a custom training plan for your site or facility helps to ensure an even greater understanding of material for your workers.  

Need Help with a Plan? We Can Help.

We evolve with the safety standards and work hard to make sure we are able to offer several training formats for just about any EH&S topic that you can think of. And getting our hands on updated and new programs is the name of the game – keeping workplaces up-to-date and safe is why we are in business.

If you’re in need of new Fall Protection training, want to find a new format, or just looking to talk safety, give us a call today – we won’t let you fall.

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Focus on Safe Driving in April – It’s National Distracted Driving Month

It happens all the time – a phone call from your mom, the need to look up directions to lunch, or changing the song on your iTunes app… all while at the wheel. You may think you’ve mastered the art of multitasking, but it’s still distracted driving… and it’s still dangerous. According to The United States Department of Transportation, distracted driving claimed 3,477 lives in 2015 alone.

There are three main types of distraction that you need to be aware of:

  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving

Though, many states are enacting law to prevent mobile device use while at the wheel, such as banning texting or talking on the phone while driving, there’s much you can do to bring awareness to the issue both at home and in the workplace.

The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to this issue and to empower you to put safety first and just drive, keeping you and your employees safe. This month is a great reminder that though technology allows us to make phone calls, dictate texts or emails, update social media, and more, all of these actions while driving are proven to increase crash risk. At their website, you can find webinars, case studies, infographics, statistics, and more to help raise awareness for yourself, your family, and your employees.

Focus on Training with Us
If you’re thinking that training is the best way to raise awareness, we can help. Evolved Safety works with several vendors that offer specific training on Distracted Driving, as well as a number of other driver training topics. If you’re not sure what to look for, we also offer a free consultation should you have any questions about what kind of driver safety plan to use. Take a look at available formats:

  • Interactive Online Training and Management
  • DVD & Streaming Video
  • Onsite Training and Consulting

Driver safety is no joke. Let us help you refocus on how to stay safe out there on the roads.

Contact us now!