Measuring Safety: To Know Where You're Going, You Have To Figure Out Where You Are

Putting an effective safety program in place in your organization is an essential part of any business plan. Safety programs have many parts. Management leadership, employee involvement, workplace analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training are all important parts of the plan. But how do you know where to  

 

Risk Alert: HR Form I-9 Audits on The Rise

The current push for immigration reform is shining a spotlight on hiring practices and a surge in activity to hold companies accountable. Simply failing to produce a Form I-9 constitutes a substantive violation with penalties ranging from $110 to $1,100 per violation. Since January 2009, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has 

 

Facility Inspection: A Way to Get Everyone Involved In Safety

We often struggle with ways to get people involved in safety. Incentives, safety committees and internal safety promotions are all good ways to do this. But, why not something as simple as having an employee conduct a facility inspection? You'll be

 

Risk Alert: OSHA Form 300A Posting Deadline Feb 1st

The February 1 deadline to complete OSHA 300 Logs and post the OSHA 300A Summary is fast approaching. Whether your company has one location or many, they will all need to have a completed log in place. In addition to being something your employees have a right to see, it will be one of the first things an OSHA inspector asks 

 

New Year, New Rules from FMCSA and OSHA


Three significant rule changes could pave the way to smoother operations in 2015. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) 34-hour restart rule has been suspended; and, driver-vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs) are only required if defects or deficiencies are found. These new rules will reduce burdensome restrictions and time 

 

The Impact of PSP: FMCSA's Pre-Employment Screening Resource

When it comes to hiring qualified drivers, motor carriers have a variety of resources available to use as screening tools. One of those tools includes the FMCSA's Pre-Employment Screening Program, or PSP. Companies regularly using PSP have, on average, reduced their crash rates by 8% and their driver out-of-service rates by 17.2% 

 

Behavior Based Safety: It’s a Give-and-Take

Many companies large and small try to implement some form of Behavior Based Safety program. This is a worthy goal and one that, if done properly, can have a huge impact on not just reducing accidents and injuries in the workplace, but also improving a

 

The Indirect Costs of Workplace Accidents

Accidents in the workplace are an unfortunate reality of the human element of business. Humans make mistakes, and occasionally these mistakes cause a workers’ compensation claim. The costs of these claims vary depending on the severity of the accident, and the more accidents that occur, the higher the cost. There are two types of 

 

The Factoring Option: Access To Capital

Factoring is a transaction in which accounts receivables are converted into cash through a purchase and sale agreement with a financial company. This allows the business to receive needed cash resources quickly without waiting for accounts receivables to convert. Factoring can be a very useful tool to many companies that need access to

 

Rising Workers’ Compensation Claims Costs and The Benefits of Return-to-Work Programs

The costs of Workers’ Compensation claims are on the rise. In a report released by The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) on September 6, 2014, the average total incurred loss per closed claim is $19,403 (indemnity $9,206 per claim, medical $10,198 per claim). The average length of time a Workers’ Compensation claim is staying open is 

 

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