March 2, 2021

How to file a OSHA 300 log and Workers Compensation Claim [+ examples]

It's that time of the year-March 2nd. But what is the importance of March 2nd? This is the day when organizations need to file their OSHA 300A logs to OSHA. OSHA 300 logs cover workplace injuries and illnesses that occurred throughout the year. However with documents such as OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 it can get confusing on what means what and which ones you need to file. In addition, paperwork doesn't end there as if there is an incident in your workplace that causes injury you may need to submit a workers compensation claim to your carrier. And while it may be easy to assume their the same thing they are two distinct processes. We'll cover what the OSHA 300 logs are and how to file them as well as the process of filing a workers comp claim here.
February 19, 2021

How Do You Know That Your Safety Training is Effective?

After spending millions of dollars on safety training courses, management training, infrastructure, etc how do you really know that your getting the ROI you need from your safety training? We'll take a look at ways to evaluate your safety training and how to measure knowledge retention out in the field.
February 18, 2021

How to write an accident or incident report [+ good and bad examples]

An incident report is a way for companies to measure and track safety issues that arise in the workplace. These events may or may not lead to injuries and illnesses and are used to capture near misses, injuries and illnesses, property and equipment damage, theft, harassment, and other misconducts in the workplace. Many people may ask, "Do I need to perform incident reports? Aren't they going to be a waste of time and money?" While there are many ways to document an incident, we'll outline best practices to set your organization up for success.
February 16, 2021

COVID Employee App for Faster and More Accurate Screening

COVID-19 has already had a lasting impact on the ways businesses operate such as businesses moving away from traditional office spaces, work hours shifting, adoption of virtual work tools, etc. While overall COVID cases have started to lower in the US, experts fear the increase in new strains will leave millions of more people infected. These new strains from the UK, South Africa and Brazil create a serious problem as some are more transmissible than previous strains as well as more deadly. A study from the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) has found that one COVID strain may be up to 70 percent deadlier than previous coronavirus variants. Despite some of the gloom news, there are still ways businesses can be prepared to enter the next phase of the COVID-19 epidemic.
December 16, 2020

How to Perform a Job Safety Analysis

A job safety analysis (JSA) is a technique that focuses on job tasks as a way to identify hazards before they occur and is one of the most common preventative tools safety and risk managers use. Often JSA are also used interchangeably with job hazard analysis or (JHA). Coupled with a strong agile management system, JSA's can be part of an important feedback loop to understanding risks in your workplace.
December 9, 2020

3 Ways to Lower your Workers Compenation

Every state has their own requirements for workers compensation however, majority of states such as Pennsylvania require employers to acquire workers compensation when they have 1 or more full-time employee. Workers compensation can be a confusing system to navigate especially during the quoting process and what discounts are available to you.
November 30, 2020

Warehouse Leading and Lagging Indicators

In warehousing and distribution, productivity and efficiency are king. When this happens, safety can often take a back seat. A simple google search for “warehouse safety metrics” provides results focused on warehouse performance and warehouse KPIs that include: on-time shipments, cycle times, number of picks per hour, perfect orders, and warehouse capacity used, among others. We have to be sure that we are not incentivizing shortcuts that put worker safety at risk. One way to safeguard this is to elevate safety metrics to measure alongside performance metrics. Here are our favorite ways to measure warehouse safety.
November 29, 2020

VIT, Vigilant Technologies, Ergonomic Partnership: Tools for Ergonomists to Prevent Workplace Injuries

VIT's Ergo Partner Program which allows ergonomists, PTs, chiropractors, and other safety professionals and consultants to use VIT’s Arc product free of charge for 30 days. Partners will receive one Arc device, a companion tablet, and access to the Arc software platform free of charge for 30 days to test out Arc’s leading indicator data for risk management in house and in client facilities. The data helps safety professionals to measure the effect and ROI of their assessments, training, and initiatives while also expanding their reach by remote monitoring facilities outside of local regions.
November 27, 2020

3 WAYS TO MEASURE WAREHOUSE WORKER LIFTING FORM AND SAFETY

There is a drastic shift coming in the world of warehouse safety technology. Until now, the only way to know the effectiveness of safety measures was waiting six months to see if injuries dropped from previous figures. With new technology, companies can shorten feedback loops from 6 months to weeks or days by measuring the factors that influence safe lifting instead of waiting on end results.
November 25, 2020

NIOSH Lifting Equation on Lifting and Low Back Pain

NIOSH recently released the results of a study which found a correlation between the number of lifts per shift and lower back pain. The study involved the self-reporting of multiple factors from a group of 138 manufacturing workers. The workers spent their day lifting and assembling dryer parts.
February 21, 2019

Using Agile Development Methods to Improve Safety Management

Agile development has been the staple of many fast moving software companies. However, safety has been often overlooked when it comes to quick development cycles to continuously improve the workplace and instead often take multiple months and quarters worth of capturing data and analyzing risk before action plans are put forth. Learn how to help your safety and risk teams be more proactive with continuous improvement to reduce risk in your workplace.
February 21, 2019

5 Ways to Reduce COVID-19 Infection Rates in Your Workplace

Here are 5 ways to ensure your company is doing the best it can to reduce COVID-19 infections in your workplace.
February 21, 2019

How Workplace Wearables can Prevent Injuries and Hazards

We wanted to share some of our favorite ways to use the product to improve safety outcomes at your facilities by using leading indicators. In this blog post, we will detail our five (5) favorite use case and implementation methods for the Vigilant Technologies (VIT)'s Arc device in your facility. These use cases are a result of research, testing, and discussion with our beta customers and pilot locations. Every facility is different, so use these use cases as a guideline and tweak your implementation as necessary. If you have suggestions or results for a different type of implementation, let us know and we’ll give you a shout out!
February 21, 2019

How to Prevent Injuries during Retail Holiday Seasons

As people increase their shopping during the holiday season, warehousing and stores are preparing for some of the busiest times of the year by hiring temporary or seasonal workers to pick up the slack. While the companies can benefit from the additional resources, these temporary workers are also at an increased risk for injuries.
February 21, 2019

Workplace Safety Tips for Effective Safety Training and Behavior Change

You are a safety manager for several facilities at a major company and you’ve just been tasked with improving employee safety in your facility. Injuries are too high and cost the company too much. There has been too much missed time and you’ve had to bring on and train a bunch of new employees so productivity is down.You are a safety manager for several facilities at a major company and you’ve just been tasked with improving employee safety in your facility. Injuries are too high and cost the company too much. There has been too much missed time and you’ve had to bring on and train a bunch of new employees so productivity is down. What do you do?
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