As you know, protecting employees from harmful exposures can be a daunting task, often more complex than preventing injuries, as employees frequently don't recognize or report issues until well after they materialize. Health and Safety professionals sometimes fall into a game of catch-up, trying to protect other workers from being affected by the same illness. Dangerous substances won't be noticed in time without proactive environment sampling and employee monitoring.
Nowadays you can't escape data—but then again, why would you want to? Safety managers leverage data as a means to improve performance, and these efforts have helped prevent incidents and reduce claims costs.
Front and center in this transition from intangible to tangible insights is Environmental, Health and Safety software, which has become a vehicle for the transformation of employee safety.
Small and medium-sized businesses are the foundation of employment in America, accounting for roughly 65 percent of all new jobs established since 1995, and half of all positions currently held in the country, or 120 million people, according to Forbes.
Keeping workers safe on the job is easier said than done. But there are a few simple changes that can help make a big impact. For example, by developing a cleaner, more organized work environment, safety managers can help reduce injuries.
As the seasons change, so do the dangers posed to workers. While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a number of regulations in place to curb the risks associated with many jobs, the truth is the agency is quite small.
There's just one OSHA officer for roughly every 60,000 workers, according to OSHA, which means safety managers carry the bulk of the responsibility in making sure employees and their work environment are safe.
Keeping workers safe on the job requires a holistic approach, though it can be challenging. On any given day, a safety manager can be running from worksite to worksite ensuring employees aren't harmed, as well as creating and executing training programs.
There were roughly three million non-fatal accidents and more than ten thousand severe injuries in 2014. In the safest workplace era we've ever lived in, these figures are far too high. A preventative safety culture can help organizations avoid workplace accidents before they arise.
This is the final post in a three-part series on Behavior Based Safety (BBS). In Part 1, I provided a high level overview of BBS programs and the five components that comprise a word-class program. Part 2 covers how to analyze observation data in order to identify critical at-risk behaviors, generate solutions, and change behavior.