Tag: Safety

Using RMIS technology to improve incident and near miss reporting

Every seven seconds, a worker is injured on the job, totaling 4,500,000 injuries per year. Astounding statistics. The worst part? Many of these injuries are preventable.

Loss reduction efforts and improvements in safe workplace behavior require the cooperation of everyone in an organization. When incidents and near misses aren’t reported, injuries occur that might have been prevented—at a significant cost to injured employees, their families and communities, and their employers. An effective approach to incident management encourages an expansion in the reporting of incidents and near misses by both workers and their supervisors.

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The manufacturing skills gap: Using RMIS technology to improve workplace safety and reduce costs

As covered in more detail in a recent post, executives surveyed as part of a 2015 skills gap report published by Deloitte Consulting LLP and the Manufacturing Institute indicated that “maintaining or increasing production levels (in line with customer demand)” was at the top of their list of concerns related to the labor and skills gap in manufacturing.

Given studies showing that younger, less experienced workers are more likely to experience higher rates of injury than their longer-tenured counterparts, as well as those indicating that extended working hours and overtime schedules are often accompanied by a rise in injury hazard rates, manufacturers should also be aware of the potential impact the labor and skills gap can have on workplace safety.

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The manufacturing skills gap: Why HR audits are good risk management

The well-documented skills gap in manufacturing, already critical, is poised to get much worse. In Deloitte Consulting LLP’s 2015 Skill Gap Study, 82% of respondents believe that the skills gap will impact their ability to meet customer demand. At the time, 6 out of 10 positions remained unfilled due to the skills gap. The authors note, “This clearly indicates there are not a sufficient number of workers in manufacturing to fill these positions.” Demographic trends are making this crisis exponentially more challenging.

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Doing more with less: How public entity risk managers can use RMIS technology to improve workplace safety

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Public entity risk managers looking to further reduce the costs associated with workers’ compensation claims continue to recognize the value of a behavior-based risk and safety management model. According to Public Entity Risk Managers Speak Out: Results of the 2017 Public Entity Employee Safety & Loss Control Survey, “Now more than ever, the best strategy is to take a holistic approach to risk management to prevent claims from occurring in the first place with loss control strategies.”

The development and implementation of a pre-loss model that measurably drives accident reduction and workplace safety requires effective collaboration between risk management and safety teams. Transparency and the sharing of information is essential to success. Both can be severely restricted when using spreadsheets or outdated legacy software.

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How does automated communication enhance safety?

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Building a culture of safety at any organization hinges on solid internal communication among relevant stakeholders. Incident- or safety-related communications must be prompt, accurate and offer straightforward directions regarding next steps—inciting appropriate actions to address any hazards that could interfere with safety.

Advanced risk management information systems (RMIS) can help facilitate prompt, accurate and direct communication regarding safety hazards with automatic communication features. Here are three ways automating communication within an RMIS can help improve safety at your organization:

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