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Dreaming in Streaming Video?

Before you say, “I only dream about warmer weather at this point”, let me let you in on a little secret… Maybe you should be dreaming about streaming video. After all, it’s like the Netflix of safety training. And who doesn’t like Netflix?

More seriously, we wanted to remind you that streaming video is another great option for your safety training needs, especially when we think about employee learning styles and the different training environments available, respectively. Depending on your needs, streaming video is an efficient and easy way to manage full-length videos for your employees. Check out these benefits:

  • Stream anywhere, any time with an internet connection
  • Get full length videos on-demand
  • Use with a customized learning management system
  • Get downloadable quizzes, tests, and other written materials

We can help – Evolved Safety works with a variety of vendors who offer top-notch streaming video options that are perfect for any budget. Choose from over 400 titles that can be broken down into industry-specific content. Plus, we have pay-per-click AND unlimited annual options…

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Spoiler Alert – We’ve Got Your Expo Pass

Remember that trade-show we were raving about last month? Well, we aren’t done yet! Here’s a quick recap – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will be hosting their annual Conference and Expo this coming June 3-6, 2018 in San Antonio, TX where valuable training, networking, knowledge, skills, and continuing education are the name of the game for the entire safety industry. Not only is ASSE a great place for us to learn new things, see vendors, and meet people but it’s a great place for YOU to do the same thing!

That being said, we’d like to invite you to the best safety show in the industry – as our guest. We’ll sit down for a one-on-one meeting to talk about YOU and your safety goals, face-to-face. You’ll see that Greg isn’t as scary as he seems on the phone and Teela actually IS that nice. We may or may not have a prize that you can enter to win, too… interested yet?

Get your FREE Expo-Only tickets for all three days at ASSE now!

All About OSHA Updates – Here’s what You Need to Know

Saying OSHA is a huge part of the safety world is an understatement, so staying on top of OSHA news is always on our radar – and it should be on yours, too. We’re here to make it easy. Right now, there’s a few things you need to know about what’s going on with OSHA, effective April 1st:

  • “Introduction to OSHA” compliance update – OSHA has reduced the required introduction coverage from two hours to just one hour allowing more time dedicated to risky business, such as working at heights with fall prevention.
  • OSHA’s new guidance – OSHA will now allow shorter courses as long as they build to the 30-minute minimum per topic.
  • Focus Four topics – If more time is spent in this area than is required, the additional time may be reported in the specific focus four area or under such elective topics as scaffolds, cranes, and excavations, as applicable. Also Falls topic has increased from 1.25 hours to 1.5 hours.

What does this mean for you? It means that your training may need updating or the materials you supply to your workers could need new content. These aren’t huge changes, but they  need to be noted and your training needs to reflect them. More details can be found on the OSHA website.

Not sure what you need? Luckily for you, we’re on top of it. Give us a call today to start a conversation of how we can help.

Why Online OSHA 10/30 Hour Training?

Long story short, it’s easier… And faster. Online OSHA 10/30 Hour training gets you the certifications you need when you need them and where you need them for both general industry and construction.

We’re sure you know most of this, but with all of this talk about OSHA training, we’d like to refresh your memory… Online courses also offers just about every benefit you can think of right at your fingertips, including:

  • Interactive courses, with videos, quiz modules, and more
  • Resonating content, with hundreds of topics to fit your needs
  • Test tracking and reporting for big-picture visibility
  • 24/7 availability to optimize you and your employees’ time
  • Customization options for tailored training
  • Multiple language options
  • Consistent training regardless of location

What’s more? Your employees will experience training that is more relevant, keeps their attention, and stays with them long after the training has been completed.

You might say we’re a little biased… we’ve been in this business a long time and have seen first hand the benefits of online OSHA 10/30 Hour training. If you’re thinking about making the switch or need any help navigating online training needs, give us a call and let us help you get what you need.

New Mobile and Content Options! We’ve got your OSHA 10/30 Hour Needs Covered, No Question

To draft off of our previous article… if you need it, we’ve got it – and now, we even have new content AND new mobile formats to fit your needs. Our goal is to help you make the right decision on content and delivery needs and alleviate the hassle of working with different vendors, which is exactly why Evolved Safety works with multiple OSHA 10 & 30 hour providers to effortlessly find your perfect solution… all from a single point of contact.

No matter your format of choice, you can count on us… and we can help you expand your offering, too. We offer online, classroom, onsite, and NEW mobile formats that include OSHA 10 Hour and 30 Hour in both General Industry and Construction, as well as OSHA 10 Hour Construction in Spanish. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Easily review and select your choice provider without spending the time to search around yourself… that’s our job
  • Offer a mix of training formats, such as online and onsite training, to fit your location or employees learning needs
  • Cover all of your OSHA bases, from general industry and construction to Spanish language training, all from a single resource
  • Vendors have been researched and reviewed to ensure technical accuracy, engaging content, and best value for your investment
  • Easily change up your content to keep the training fresh, especially if your employees take the training more than once
  • Students receive an official OSHA/DOL completion card upon completion

Let us make it easy for you to get the OSHA training you need when you need it with the help of our vendors. Call us today.

Our Favorite Trade-show is Coming Up!

Okay, we know it’s still a couple of months away, but we just HAD to get make sure you got this on your calendars… The American Society of Safety Engineers hosts their annual Conference and Expo this coming June 3-6, 2018 in the warm climate of San Antonio, TX! Our hotels and flights have been booked for months, and not just because we like to plan ahead, but because we love this show.

Why is Safety 2018 ASSE our favorite? Because ASSE brings together over 5,000 safety professionals, providing valuable training, networking, knowledge, skills and continuing education… AKA it’s THEE place to be for anything safety. ASSE has a long-standing reputation of delivering top-quality occupational safety and health education and training members can immediately put into practice… and we just love learning new safety things and meeting and greeting current and new customers.

Come visit us if you have the chance! We’re at booth #1561. And if you still need to register, head over to ASSE.com

The Changing Face of Health and Safety

by Matthew Elson, CEO of SHE Software

The workforce is changing fast.  Workers are more mobile, dispersed and international.  Millennials, with very different expectations about their work experience and career, already make up over 25% of the workforce.  Organizations increasingly have responsibility for an ever-changing employee roster including contractors, agency workers, part timers and remote workers.

Meanwhile, there is no let-up in the budgetary pressure to do more with less.  As a result, the role of the health and safety professional can sometimes seem overwhelming, focused on firefighting today’s issues and not on what will make a difference tomorrow.

Fortunately, new developments in health and safety technology have the potential to transform the approach to workplace safety, from one that is rules-driven, compliance-led and policed by managers and experts, to one that embeds a proactive and predictive culture where safety is part of the way everyone works.

Anywhere, anytime

Health and safety doesn’t happen behind desks – right?  So why are so many of our health and safety processes still desk based?  In the consumer world, we are used to having simple and intuitive apps on our mobile devices that help us, on the move, to do anything from send a text to book a flight to check the latest blog posts.  Apps can understand our aims, preferences and context (location, time of day, etc.) and present relevant information and functionality to us.

The good news is that this functionality is coming to health and safety, in the form of simple to use mobile apps that present information about the local environment (nearby reported hazards for example) or advise on precautions (icy roads).

Already, organizations are changing safety culture by empowering employees to make a difference.  Every employee can use an app to report an incident or near miss, access a risk assessment or record a safe or unsafe act.  Safety messages can be pushed out and acknowledgement received.  By making the experience interactive and showing that everybody has a role to play, safety becomes part of “the way we do things”.  Upcoming releases will be transformative for health and safety culture, further enhancing existing functionality by mimicking that found in the consumer world.

Speaking your language

A recent study from the Migration Policy Institute states that over 20% of Americans speak a language other than English at home.*  With so many employees viewing English as a secondary language, the chances for workplace miscommunication and thus greater workplace risk are high. The good news is that multilingual functionality closes the gap in communication by providing safety information in an employee’s native language. Through innovative design, data can be collected locally in local language forms, but reported consistently and globally.  Work processes can be seamless, for example, allowing the central team to review and approve locally generated content such as incident investigations or risk assessments.

Providing intelligence

Most organizations are effective in recording and investigating incidents, managing risks and keeping appropriate records.  Some organizations are effective in applying lessons learned from incidents, near misses (less commonly) and audits and subsequently putting preventative measures in place. But all of this activity is in some way reactive and backward looking.  Very few organizations are able to dissect their data and identify trends, allowing them to track leading indicators (such as safe and unsafe observations) and predict where preventative measures will be most effective.

This common weakness is due to multiple factors.  Relevant data is often not captured.  Data that is captured is often not easily accessed (think of the file cabinet with missing paper reports).  Lastly, even if a company is successful at capturing and storing relevant safety data, they rarely have the tools that allow them to turn that raw data into information that can be used to make decisions to improve safety in the workplace.  The missed opportunity to get true insight from this data can prove to be highly damaging to an organization given the financial, reputational and legal repercussions of a health and safety event.

Health and safety Business Intelligence (BI) tools can eliminate much of the burdensome manual reporting processes that health and safety managers are responsible for.  BI tools can provide a real time view of your safety performance rather than just a weekly or monthly snapshot (often using outdated data).  The freed-up time can be put to better use learning from the safety data available, benchmarking, identifying trends and taking preventative action.  Relying on data-driven insights, rather than individual stakeholder opinions, reduces the potential for human error and uncovers the unexpected.

So next time you are stuck behind your desk with mounds of paperwork, manipulating reports and wondering just what you have to do create a stronger and more proactive safety culture, remind yourself that it does not have to be that way.  Change is coming and early adopters amongst your peers may already be taking advantage of it.

*https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/language-diversity-and-english-proficiency-united-states

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How’s Your 2018 Calendar Looking?

We believe in keeping a strong pulse on what’s going on in the safety industry (it’s one of our not-so-secret ways we are able to find the best content and delivery systems from today’s top safety training vendors) – and by looking at our calendar, we’ve done our research.

Luckily for you, we also believe that sharing is caring, so grab your calendar and a pen… it’s time to fit some safety events into that schedule of yours!

Download our 2018 Calendar of Events here »

But first… a quick announcement: Our first show of 2018 is coming up! We’ll be attending the Michigan Safety Conference on April 17-18 in Lansing, MI. This will mark our 2nd year in attendance and is held right here in our home state, which makes it an especially cool show. Join us as we meet and greet all walks of the safety spectrum at booth #203! We look forward to seeing you!

Now’s the fun part… Take a peek at your calendar and see if any of these events strike your fancy. Maybe we’ll even see you there!

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Sexual Harassment is No Joke – Make Sure it doesn’t happen at your workplace

Would you want to go to work everyday if it were a hostile work environment? The collective answer is absolutely not. Unfortunately for tens of thousands of workers, a hostile work environment due to sexual harassment is dealt with on a daily basis. Over 12,000 sexual harassment and 90,000 discrimination complaints are reported every year according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), with countless cases going unreported.

What’s more, sexual harassment in the workplace is connected to the overall health and safety of harassment victims and their co-workers, which according to the EEOC include:

  • Increased stress for victims, potentially leading to a variety of physical ailments
  • Inability of victims to focus on doing a job correctly and safely
  • Inability of co-workers and managers to effectively respond to or deal with sexual harassment
  • Intimidation that causes victims to be reluctant to raise legitimate safety issues for fear of being ridiculed
  • Workplace violence, if harassment takes the form of actual or threatened physical contact

Even so, workplace safety and health laws administered by the OSHA are limited in their authority and reach concerning workplace harassment. In fact, most companies address incidents internally. As a safety manager, you must recognize harassment and discrimination, protect a victim’s rights, and know how to handle incidents if they occur. So… what are YOU doing to mitigate sexual harassment at your workplace?

Let us help. The right training can help keep you – and your employees – educated and aware of sexual harassment. Evolved Safety works with several vendors that offer training on this subject – and in multiple formats and languages to fit your needs.

Not sure what’s best for you? Head to our website or give us a call today – your workplace depends on it.

Stay Cool, Calm, and Collected on Cold Stress with Us

Get Your Downloadable PDF of How to Keep You and Your Workers Safe While Working in the Cold

With the way this winter is going, even locations that aren’t used to cold weather are getting their fair share of winter woes. Are your workers prepared? Weather aside, cold temperatures are a huge consideration when thinking about safety for your workers regardless of job type.

With that in mind, we wanted to create an awareness for the main types of cold stress in the workplace and to help you know what your options are in keeping you and your workers safe while on the job. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there are four main types of workplace Cold Stress:

  • Hypothermia: This is when your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced when exposed to cold environments. Prolonged exposure will eventually use up your body’s stored energy and lead to hypothermia. Low body temperatures affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well, making hypothermia particularly dangerous.
  • Frostbite: Affecting mostly the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes, frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in the affected areas and can permanently damage body tissues or even lead to amputation. Risk of frostbite is increased in workers with reduced blood circulation and among workers who are not dressed properly.
  • Trench Foot: Also known as immersion foot, this is an injury of the feet resulting from prolonged exposure to wet and cold conditions and can occur at temperatures as high as 60 degrees F if the feet are constantly wet. Wet feet lose heat 25-times faster than dry feet, so to prevent heat loss, the body constricts blood vessels to shut down circulation in the feet, causing skin tissue to die from of lack of oxygen and nutrients, as well as buildup of toxic products.
  • Chillbains: Repeated exposure of skin to temperatures just above freezing to as high as 60 degrees F can cause damage to the capillary beds (groups of small blood vessels) in the skin, creating a chillbain. This damage is permanent, and the redness and itching will return with additional exposure, typically occurring on cheeks, ears, fingers, and toes.

How We Can Help

The good news is that proper precautions and training can help prevent all of these illnesses. Let us help you tackle Cold Stress in your workplace today by offering something as simple as a free content download to hang at your workplace to several important cold stress and related training topics today! Evolved Safety has training programs in online, streaming video, and DVD – add these programs to your training line-up:

  • Cold Stress
  • Winter Driving
  • Severe Weather and Outdoor Work
  • Winter Safety for Oil & Gas Personnel
  • Basic First Aid
  • Emergency Response

Additionally, to keep you and your workers in “The Know” of Cold Stress in the workplace, download the flyer to hang in your workplace for worker-related recommendations.

Call us to discuss your options for cold stress training today at (844) 528-4486.