What Kind of Workers’ Comp Discounts Might You Be Missing? Safety Committees and Workers’ Compensation Premiums Why are insurance premiums on the rise? It’s no secret that workers’ compensation premiums are skyrocketing to their highest they’ve ever been, however injury rates are at their lowest ever.  How does that even make sense?  Rate increases are mainly due to the rising costs in healthcare, and also reflect in insurance companies reporting record profits.  How does a company contain these premium hikes to reasonable levels?  The best way to combat premium rises is to prevent costly injuries.  Sprain and strain injuries encompass around 40 percent of lostRead More →

Cutting Edge Concepts in Safety: What is BBS & HOP?          BBS Behavior-Based Safety (BBS) can be defined as “A process that creates a safety partnership between management and employees that continually focuses people’s attentions and actions on theirs, and others, daily safety behavior.” BBS “focuses on what people do, researches why they do it, and then applies research-supported strategies to improve what people do.” In this case, the focus would be on improving employee’s behavior when it comes to safety and making safety choices. HOP Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) is another “new” approach, or way to think about safety. HOP is a technique thatRead More →

When: March 18th – 24th, 2018 Get Involved! National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year. The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention. History In 1961, Congress established National Poison Prevention Week to raise awareness, reduce unintentional poisonings, and promote poison prevention. It is sponsored by the National Poison Prevention Week Council. Each year, the Council holds a children’s artwork contest to raise awareness about poisons. Additionally, poison centers across the country conduct activities to raise awareness ofRead More →

7 Ways to Excite Workers for Great Safety Training or Meetings How do you turnaround an unresponsive audience & have a great classroom safety training session or safety committee meeting? Let’s be honest, safety can be boring and cumbersome at times. People often look at safety professionals as the “safety police” which can tend to create a barrier. Safety professionals must lead their teams to effectively get the safety message across and build a strong safety culture. This can be rather difficult when your audience is disengaged, uninterested, and doesn’t participate in safety training or meetings. Changing their attitudes will take time and effort butRead More →

States that have 10 and/or 30 Hour Construction Training Card Requirements To date, federal OSHA has not required employees to obtain their 10 or 30 hour OSHA outreach certification card. However, certain states have 10 and/or 30 hour training, expiration, and renewal requirements. Please read below to see what the different requirements are for each state and contact us if your company is in need of either a 10 or 30 hour certification class or renewal.  We have OSHA-authorized trainers available nationwide and would recommend taking the training class in-person rather than online! Special note, OSHA 10 hour cards do not expire but certain states listed below do require renewal.Read More →

National Burn Awareness Week February 4th – 10th, 2018 The American Burn Association estimates there are approximately 486,000 burn related injuries requiring medical treatment each year. Of these burn related injuries, 8% occurs in the workplace. Given that information, this means that there are roughly 38,880 that occur to workers who are burned each year due to inadequate training/awareness, a lack of guarding/personal protective equipment, or neglect/shortcuts/distractions. Prevention The first step to preventing burns is necessary training on policies and procedures. Workers should be made aware of sources in their workplace. Burns can be caused from thermal, chemical, electrical, friction, radiation, or even cold temperature.Read More →