Using Technology to Support Behavior Based Safety Programs 

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Mar 16, 2018 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Look at leading organizations with low incidence rates, and you’ll notice one thing many of them have in common: behavior based safety (BBS) programs.

BBS is a best practices strategy for improving safety performance, but without the right tools in place, companies face a high risk of failure. That’s because BBS is all about changing human habits, which are often ingrained over years of habit. You can’t manage what you don’t measure, which is why soft programs that live outside the EHS Management System often fail.

In this post, we’ll look at what BBS is and how technology can help support your BBS program, including tips on how to construct powerful BBS checklists.

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The 3 Step Process for Building Emergency Preparedness Plans with EHS Software

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Mar 05, 2018 / by Alexa Sussman

Emergency Preparedness Plans (EPPs) let you record personnel, equipment and external parties associated with emergency procedures.

This document is equally as important to members of the EHS and emergency response teams that must create it, as it is to other employees of the organization that must follow it.

Here are three steps to utilize your EHS software to build an effective EPP.

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4 Ways EHSQ Software Streamlines Waste Management

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Feb 23, 2018 / by Alexa Sussman

Improving waste management is a top priority for many companies in the EHS industry.

As environmental initiatives gain momentum across many sectors, organizations are pushing to not only comply with hazardous waste regulations but exceed them.

Waste management tools give you oversight of all waste activities, storage areas and shipments to keep waste goals and targets top of mind.

Here are some of the ways utilizing EHSQ software streamlines waste management efforts.

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3 Ways EHS Software Helps You Maintain Chemical Compliance

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Feb 12, 2018 / by Alexa Sussman

3 Ways EHS Software Helps You Maintain Chemical ComplianceUnder the Toxic Substances Control Act, the EPA is given the authority to issue regulations regarding the exposure to, testing of and controlling of chemical substances. To keep the workforce and environment safe, regulators have created globally recognized standards for classification and labeling of hazardous chemicals as well as REACH for the European Union.

These standards require an ongoing effort to manage chemical inventory and workplace safety.  Automated EHS software has tools to help you maintain chemical compliance efficiently and safely.

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How Different Industries Use Bowtie Risk Assessment

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Feb 09, 2018 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

When it comes to making decisions informed by risk, each industry has its preferred risk assessment tools. A risk matrix is a common one, as is Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA).

One tool that doesn’t get as much attention is the bowtie risk assessment. The bowtie model is useful for visualizing complex risk scenarios where you don’t have historical data to create a risk matrix.

Let’s look at how different industries like aviation, energy, life sciences and manufacturing are using this risk model.

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4 Benefits of Using a Centralized Solution for Water Management

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Feb 05, 2018 / by Alexa Sussman

Water and wastewater management are closely tied with energy use, environmental impact and employee safety, as each of these impacts—and is impacted by—water management processes in your organization.

Just like with all of your other EHS processes, how you manage and organize water and wastewater management can make a big difference in its success.

Here are some benefits of managing all water and wastewater permits, analytical results and reports in one central platform.

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Best Practices in Automated Industrial Hygiene Management

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Jan 22, 2018 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Best Practices in Automated Industrial Hygiene ManagementHumans have been concerned with industrial hygiene since ancient times, when in the 4th Century B.C., Greek physician Hippocrates (of the famed Hippocratic Oath) described the case of a miner with lead poisoning.

Today the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to comply with a range of laws and requirements dealing with industrial hygiene. In fact, a full 40% of the OSHA inspection workforce is made up of industrial hygienists responsible for enforcing rules at more than 6 million workplaces.   

So what do companies need to track, and how can they better protect workers? Let’s look at the basics of industrial hygiene, including hazards, controls and risk assessment strategies.

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3 Water Management Pitfalls and How EHS Software Helps You Avoid Them

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 12, 2018 / by Alexa Sussman

EHS software is helpful in managing a number of processes, but it’s essential for water management.

Like any process, there are a few common mistakes that people tend to make when setting up and executing a water and wastewater management plan. Fortunately, EHS software automates the entire process and helps you avoid costly and dangerous pitfalls.

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4 Tips for Improving Employee Safety with Industrial Hygiene

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Jan 02, 2018 / by Alexa Sussman

Industrial hygiene prepares organizations for a number of environmental stressors—chemical, physical and biological—that may impair the well-being of employees or community members.

Having good industrial hygiene practices plays an important role in improving employee safety and developing an organization-wide safety culture.

Here are 4 tips for leveraging Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) management tools to improve employee safety through industrial hygiene.

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How EHS Software Can Keep You Audit Ready

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Dec 29, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Think for a moment about the last time a safety auditor came to your facility. Were you nervous? Did you feel ready? Were you reasonably certain you would pass? Were you caught off-guard by the results and findings?

Whether we’re talking about internal, third-party certification or regulatory audits, success often comes down to effective preparation. In this post, we’ll look at how EHS software can help you prepare, focusing on the tools that are most important for audit readiness.

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