How to Maximize Your Safety Training Program Investment

The bottom line is that you need to make sure every dollar you spend on your safety training program is justifiable. But by stretching your budget you will have the room in your budget to do more, either now or in the future. It’s worth taking a look at your safety training program from a different angle to see where you may be able to get more bang for your buck.

Payment Terms

Are you paying per employee or per course? Are you on a monthly billing program or annual payment program? Do you pay as you go or up front? Depending on how you consume courses, employee size, topics covered, and employee turnover, a change in how your provider is billing you for courses could making a significant savings impact. This is especially true for online training programs.

Talk to Your Insurance Provider

A majority of the large insurance carriers offer a number of safety training programs for free or at a discounted rate for their customers. It’s worth talking to your insurance provider about what safety training programs they offer.

Alternative Budgets

You may be able to source a portion of your safety training budget from other departments within your company. For example, if your exemplary safety record helps to land new clients, perhaps marketing or sales could cover some of your training budget. And depending on the breadth of training topics you cover human resources may play a role.

New Delivery Methods

If you’ve been using the same training delivery method for a few years it may be worth exploring alternative options. Internal changes, such as number of employees or turnover, and external changes, such as new technology and accessibility, may directly impact the cost of your training. You may find that a new delivery method for some or all of your training may be more cost effective.

Evolved Safety can take the guesswork out of assessing the value of your safety training program. We’ll review your current program and let you know of alternative options that could help you save money and stretch your budget. Give us a call at 844.528.4486 and let’s get started!

How to Present Your Safety Training Budget So It Gets Approved

Getting the annual budget approved is a yearly task for safety management across every organization. You’ve put in the work to carefully assess costs and develop a strategy for the coming year. Now it’s time to present your safety budget to your superiors or purchasing and your goal is to get it approved. Consider these tactics when it’s time for your budget approval meeting.

Reframe the Value

Can you break down the product’s price to a daily or monthly amount? Or present the cost per employee instead of all together? Better yet, can you compare the cost to something relatable? For example, the cost of a Starbucks coffee per day or less than a tank of gas. Reframing is a common tactic used in marketing and sales. Reframing the value makes it easier to evaluate how much value you are getting out of a purchase.

Present Additions or Changes as a Bundle

This is a common tactic used in marketing and sales. Neuroeconomics expert George Lowenstein notes the LX version of car packages as a great example of successful bundling. It’s easier to justify a single upgrade and expenditure to the LX package than it is consider purchasing the leather seats, the navigation system and the roadside assistance separately. The same concept can work when presenting your training, especially if you are adding on additional topics or delivery methods to an already existing solution or changing your solution.

Sweat the Details

In a Carnegie Mellon University study, trial rates for a DVD subscription increased by 20 percent when the messaging was changed from “a $5 fee” to “a small $5 fee,” revealing that the devil really is in the details. Studies have also shown that conservative spenders are more attracted to the utility of a product or service over satisfaction, so highlighting benefits such as time saved, money saved, and accessibility will be more appealing.

Be confident about your safety training plan and budget before you have to present it by working with Evolved Safety. We’ll review multiple options, vendors and delivery methods to ensure that you have a training program that works for your organization.

Let’s talk – give us a call at 844.528.4486 and we’ll work together to design a safety program that meets your goals and the goals of your organization.

See You at The Big Show in San Diego!

Visit Evolved Safety at Booth #3960 at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo September 9 – 11, 2019

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone next month at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo. The schedule is loaded with informative keynote speakers and technical sessions, networking opportunities, and a chance to check out the latest EH&S products in the expo hall.

Let’s get a jump on your 2020 plans for EH&S training! Reserve a 15-minute time slot to meet with Teela or Greg at the show by filling out the form below.

Enter to Win a Pair of Bose Soundlink Around Ear Wireless Headphones at Congress 2019

Download and print this form and bring it to Booth #3960 or stop by the booth when you are in the expo hall to enter.

Five Fun Facts About San Diego

Shock and awe your colleagues (or annoy them) with these fun facts about San Diego.

  1. Singer Jason Mraz owns a 5.5-acre avocado farm in San Diego County. It’s just one of 7,000 avocado farms in San Diego. Holy guacamole!
  2. San Diego public schools ban hypnotism.
  3. The San Diego International Airport is one of the busiest one-runway airports in the country, as well as the second busiest in the world.
  4. The average San Diego motorist spends a grueling 256 hours a year sitting in their car.
  5. San Diego was home to everyone’s favorite wacky children’s author, Ted Geisel – more frequently referred to as Dr. Seuss.

What Safety Professionals Need to Know About Your Role in Employee Mental Health

What Safety Professionals Need to Know About Your Role in Employee Mental Health

There is data to support that the we the people of the United States are some of the most anxious in the world. And that millennials, who are now entering the workforce, are the most anxious, well… of the anxious. A survey conducted by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America revealed that 72% of people self-report dealing with daily stress and anxiety that interfere with their working lives at least moderately.

Although feeling anxious doesn’t necessarily equate to a medical mental health diagnosis, employee mental health is no doubt an area of concern for employers. Depression costs industry $43 billion annually; anxiety runs $42 billion annually; medical claims dollars total $3.8 million annually, and the lost-time burden is $6.6 million annually. (Center for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association Foundation)

As a safety professional you have a direct role in recognizing and responding to mental health issues for your employees. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Legal Obligations

You must have a clear understanding of your legal requirements as an employer. Psychiatric disability is one of the most common types of disability covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), with about 18% of workers in the U.S. reporting a mental health condition in any given month.

Applicants and employees with psychiatric disabilities have two main rights under the ADA. First, they have a right to privacy. Except when asking for an accommodation, they can choose whether to tell the employer about their disability. But, this doesn’t mean that you must tolerate bad behavior and underperformance. Second, they have a right to a job accommodation unless this causes undue hardship for the employer. Ask your human resources team or legal team for information regarding your specific state laws and how to handle accommodations if you are unsure.

2. Recognize the Symptoms

Unfortunately, trying to tell the difference between expected behaviors and what might be the signs of a mental illness isn’t always easy. These are some common symptoms/behaviors seen in the workplace:

  • missed deadlines
  • reduced productivity
  • reduced quality of work
  • absent or late more frequently
  • relationship issues or conflicts with co-workers
  • withdrawal or reduced participation
  • anxiety, fearfulness, or loss of confidence

Often it’s not a single change, but a combination of marked changes that can signal something more is going on than a “bad mood” or “someone not seeming themselves.”

3. Know How to Respond

Your workplace should have a plan in place that creates and open and supportive means for employees to discuss and address mental health issues; either their own, or if they are concerned about a coworker.

In human resource terms, these plans are referred to as an employee assistance program (EAP), which is a work-based intervention program designed to assist employees in resolving personal problems that may be adversely affecting the employee’s performance. (Society of Human Resource Management) HR, safety, legal, and leadership teams should be included in the development and implementation of these programs. It’s most important that your response plan is well communicated and universally understood to effectively address concerns when they arise.

4. Build Trust

Bottom line, people are reluctant to discuss mental health issues. There is a stigma of shame and embarrassment for those that are affected, and a lack of understanding which leads to fear, confusion and frustration for everyone involved. How do you overcome this? Keep talking about it.

Training to help employees understand and recognize mental health issues in themselves and others, and how your organization offers support can help you avoid unnecessary challenges and build a positive workplace culture. Send the message across the workplace that workers with psychiatric disabilities have the same right to a respectful and effective workplace as any other worker with a disability.

Getting Results

Just like you would approach any other workplace safety matter, to best protect your employees, yourself, and your organization everyone needs to be on the same page about how you will recognize and respond to employee mental health issues.

Evolved Safety offers a variety of training programs that can help you create a culture of wellness and support mental health awareness in your workplace. Topics include:

  • Conflict Resolution Strategies
  • Discrimination in the Workplace
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Leadership Skills for Managers
  • Managing a Successful
  • Preventing Workplace Harassment – Employees
  • Preventing Workplace Harassment – Managers
  • Workplace Violence


Download the Evolved Safety catalog or call us at 844.528.4486 to learn more about these training programs today.


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  • Disabled individuals or those regarded as having a disability may also be protected under other federal, state, or local laws, including Title VII and state discrimination laws.

How’s Your Emergency Preparedness and Response Knowledge?

How’s Your Emergency Preparedness and Response Knowledge?

Expect the Unexpected with Evolved Safety


Pop quiz: Do you know what to do in the event of a tornado? What about a fire? Or even an injured worker? Natural and manmade disasters can happen at any time, so how prepared are you and your workplace if one should occur? Regardless of your answers, we aren’t here to judge. Our goal is to remind you of one of the best ways to stay safe and at-the-ready for unforeseen disasters on the job, and that’s what emergency preparedness training is for.

What is a Workplace Emergency

Let’s start with defining what an emergency can look like in your workplace, right from OSHA. Emergencies include any situation that threatens your workers, customers, or the public; disrupts or shuts down operations; or causes physical or environmental damage. They may be natural or man-made emergencies, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, weather, chemical exposure, disease outbreaks, explosions, and many other hazards.

As an employer, several OSHA standards address emergency planning requirements, and you should also be familiar with the consensus standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and other standards-setting organizations for additional recommendations and requirements about emergency planning.

Here’s why – even when prepared, sometimes injuries and even death can occur. The most emergency-related deaths in 2017 were caused by flash floods, tropical storms, and heat waves from a total of 59,985 weather-related events, which resulted in 592 deaths and 4,270 injuries, according to Injury Facts. And as we’ve seen so far this year, natural and manmade disasters aren’t slowing down.

Make an Emergency Action Plan

So, what should you do before an emergency strikes at your workplace? The best way to prepare is to create your own Emergency Action Plan (EAP). This is intended to facilitate and organize employer and worker actions during workplace emergency situations, which – along with proper worker training – will result in fewer worker injuries and less damage to the facility during emergencies.

Not all employers are required to establish an EAP, however they are recommended to protect workers’ safety and health. A comprehensive plan includes conducting a hazard assessment to determine what, if any, physical or chemical hazards inside or outside the workplace could cause an emergency, as well as describe how workers will respond. Make sure to take into account your specific worksite layouts, structural features, and emergency systems. If there is more than one worksite, each site should have their own emergency action plan.

Bringing the Plan to Life

Preparing for emergencies is easier than it looks, and Evolved Safety can help. We work with all kinds of vendors who offer content to help keep you and your workers prepared for the worst. No matter your format need – online, video, onsite – we’ve got you covered when it comes to emergency action planning. Here is a list of what we offer:

  • Earthquake Safety
  • Emergency Evacuation
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Emergency Preparedness & Response
  • Emergency Preparedness: A Supervisor’s Responsibility
  • Emergency Preparedness: An Employee’s Responsibility
  • Evacuation Procedures
  • Emergency Preparedness: A Supervisor’s Responsibility
  • Emergency Action Plans – Office Employees
  • Emergency Response
  • Emergency Response for Multi-Story Buildings
  • Emergency Action Planning

Prepare for the unexpected with Evolved Safety. Let’s work together to ensure your workplace is ready to go should an emergency strike – helping you keep you and your workers safe.

The Best Ways to Train the Younger Generation in Safety

The Best Ways to Train the Younger Generation in Safety

They represent more than half the workforce population… and will reach 73 million in the U.S. this year. They’re the Millennial generation, and they bring with them an entirely different way of life than those before them – yup, even in safety.

We’ve done the research – today’s modern workforce no longer wants training and would rather learn through experience. So what does that mean for you as a safety professional? Changing up your training. To create the learning atmosphere that resonates most with this upcoming generation is to harness the power of today’s technology. They were raised with it, and therefore, high-tech should be at the forefront of the way they learn, but don’t just blame the Millennials – along with needing to appeal to incoming workers comes the need for keeping your training current and up-to-date for all of your generations.

Transitioning to the new technology-based way of learning is necessary but can be a time-consuming and cumbersome task, especially when you’re not sure where to begin. Here’s how you can use technology to appeal your safety training to the Millennial mind, ensuring the comprehension and retention of material presented.

  1. Use eLearning When You Can

eLearning allows for training courses to be available on multiple devices so Millennials can learn when and where they want to, and a flexible schedule and on-demand style information is very appealing to young workers. What’s more? eLearning is good for all of your workers – not just Millennials. Though older workers may prefer more traditional forms of training, once they understand how e-Learning works, they’ll also enjoy the ability to be able to learn when and where they want.

  1. Keep Training Short and On-Going

A two or three hour-long meeting won’t cut it – instead of long-winded training sessions or hour-long videos, consider training they can absorb quickly and be able to read in between meetings, on the way to work, or while having lunch via handheld devices or laptops with wifi. Short lessons and modules allow Millenials to reach small goals and checkpoints, helping to encourage their learning and making it more likely they’ll retain the info.

  1. Organization to Prompt a Strong Safety Culture

Organizations with a strong sense of purpose and a values-driven culture will likely attract more Millennials, so consider how this affects your safety program. How are you encouraging a strong safety culture? Are you providing modern, technology-driven training or multiple formats or continuous training? Having a strong LMS system will help organize and administer all of your safety training depending on your needs, regardless of employee size or safety topic. Plus, this is what Millenials are looking for – over a third said they would be more interested in an employer if they offer exceptional training and development opportunities.

  1. Videos are Still In

Outside of safety, videos play a large role in how Millennials take in information – think social media, Youtube, etc. Use this to your advantage. Resonating, custom videos are cost effective and helps to engage viewers in the natural way they tend to learn. A study by Hubspot categorizes when people are most attentive versus only skimming for information – videos take the number one spot with 55% of respondents saying they pay close attention to video content. Further, using graphics, animation, and pictures all constitute successful additions in safety training for millennials.


Update Your Safety Training

What’s great about working with a safety consultant like us here at Evolved Safety is that we are constantly keeping the lookout for new and updated training. Because one size doesn’t fit all, our scope of safety training offerings works to encompass all of our customers’ needs, regardless of need or size.

Start a conversation with us today about your safety training needs for this upcoming generation.






Michigan Safety Conference is in April

We’re Exhibiting Right Here in West Michigan!

It’s time to kick off our tradeshow season next month right here in our hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. We’ll be heading downtown to the DeVos Place where we’ve got the Michigan Safety Conference on the docket for April 16-17, 2019 – and we can’t wait to tell you what we’ve been up to so far this year. Come visit us at booth 617!

The Michigan Safety Conference is near and dear to our hearts. Aside from throwing some love at our favorite state and industry, we’ve been either attendants or exhibitors at this show for a total of over 20 years. On top of that, this show is in it’s 89th year, boasting over 220 exhibitors within the safety, health, and environmental industry to showcase new products, CEs, a silent auction and more – and we think is pretty darn cool.

If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by our booth #617 to say hi, see what’s new, and learn more about how Evolved Safety can help with safety needs. See you there!

New Year, New Catalog

This is something you’ll want to get your hands on ASAP –
our all-new EH&S Products Catalog for 2019.

It has so many updates that we had to add an extra twelve pages. Yes, TWELVE. We’ve had a great year of working with new and existing vendors to bring you the best safety solutions on the market, and our training options are off the chart.

From new training formats to topics to regulations, find the best tools and training at your beck and call. Here’s a taste of what we added:

  • Micro-Learning – The micro-learning approach gives you shorter 3-5 minute training sessions that work to easily fit into your employees’ work days, keeping productivity high by challenging and improving upon traditional training methods.
  • Virtual Reality – In the safety training space, this technology provides a virtual environment that causes the user to immerse themselves in a 360 degree virtual world by using sight, sound, and sometimes motion to provide a realistic experience.

Our goal is to help meet your requirements and solve your challenges, and we hope that with these new and additional resources, we can continue to help find the right products and services for you.

Love Your Heart Like We Do!

What you Need to Know about American Heart Month

Did you know that heart disease is America’s leading cause of death for men and women, causing 1 in 4 deaths every year? It’s true according to the American Heart Association, and the conditions that lead to heart disease can happen at any age.

Fortunately, the American Heart Association hosts the annual American Heart Month every February to put the spotlight on heart health and how to prevent illness across the U.S. for families, friends, and communities. The good news? Steps can be taken to reduce your risk for heart disease and improve results – both at home and in the workplace.

When was the last time you evaluated your First Aid, CPR, and AED training needs? Having heart-related trainings addressed in your safety program is crucial for your employees to understand how to respond should an emergency occur in the workplace – and those skills can be utilized in other environments as well.

Love you heart like we do – Evolved Safety works closely with our vendors to offer you blended learning options to help keep you, your family, and your employees safer at home and on the job.

  • Red Cross Adult CPR/AED
  • Red Cross Adult CPR/AED/First Aid
  • Red Cross Adult & Pediatric CPR/AED
  • Red Cross Adult & Pediatric CPR/AED/First Air
  • Red Cross Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

Courses are offered in a blended training format, with the first portion of training online and the second in the classroom.