Resource: Special Report

10 Reasons Your Safety Training Is Not Working

While many safe supervisors worry about what direction to take their safety program in the New Year, which safety hazards will be presented at toolbox talks, or what training tools they can use to make the process more efficient, some supervisors around the world have a few additional stresses on their mind. Their safety training just isn’t working.

For some, it’s because the status-quot is just too outdated, for others a top-down hierarchy of command limits their ability to make agile changes improving the efficiency of their safety training methods. Whatever the reason, we’ve detailed in a new whitepaper 10 reason your safety training isn’t working and what you can do about it.

Resource: Special Report

10 Ways to Battle Burnout

Burnout isn’t simply feeling exhausted at the end of the week or having a bad day or two. Stress-filled days are common for many people. But constant stress can lead to burnout,a persistent state of feeling hopeless, resentful and powerless, which produces physical and emotional responses.

Resource: Special Report

2016 Buyer’s Guide: Safety Reporting and Analytics

You might think you have everything in place; the safety committee, poster programs, slogans and corrective action plans, but when an incident happens and there’s an investigation, are you able to prove that your workers not only took all the required training, but actually understood it?

Do you have a reliable safety training reporting and analytics tool that not only tracks comprehension, but shows inspectors that you predicted these types of incidents and trained for them?

In a society as data-driven as ours, not being able to quickly and easily follow the paper trail of training isn’t something inspectors let slide. To avoid not only incidents, but fines as well, you need to know that your employees have been properly trained and understood the material. Then, you need to be able to prove this to third-parties.

Companies now turn to software programs to keep their reporting organized. However, with numerous reporting and analytics tools available, it can be hard to narrow down which software has the features your company will benefit the most from.

In this Buyers’ Guide on Safety Reporting and Analytics, you’ll find out the core components to look for in a reporting and analytics tool, the true costs of accidents and fines, buying considerations, FAQs and how to get started.

Resource: Special Report

2016 Buyer’s Guide: Safety Training Online Courses

Safety eLearning courses give you the power to train employees in multiple locations more easily and consistently, without the high training, travel, or staffing costs of instructor-led training. And though the cost savings of online courses are well documented, the real value comes when learner engagement results in improved job performance and a safer workforce.

Download a free copy of our guide to Safety Online Courses to learn everything you need to know about incorporating eLearning into your safety program, including answers to questions like:

  • What exactly is eLearning and online courses?
  • What do safety online course programs need to be successful?
  • What kind of return on investment can you expect?
  • What are some key content and platform needs you should consider?
  • and much more!

Resource: Case Story

2016 State of Safety Survey

SafetyNow has found a way to reduce your accident and incident rates by almost 75%. That’s right, almost ¾ of accidents and incidents at your workplace could be avoided.

After surveying over a 2,000 safety directors, supervisors, managers and VPs across North America, SafetyNow discovered:

  • How most companies monitor workplace risks
  • How much money the average company spends on safety awareness programs
  • The top issues faced when conducting safety meetings
  • How to reduce accidents and incidents in the workplace by 75%
  • And much more.

The survey results are a great look into the state of safety training in North America. Organizations anywhere can use this information to make substantial changes to the way their safety training is being done – based on what is working for everyone else.

Resource: Special Report

4 Ways Safety Training Saves You Money

While most business owners would agree that safety in the workplace is desirable and necessary they sometimes allow concern for the bottom line to overcome their better judgment when it comes to safety. However, it is necessary to look at the bigger picture and in doing so, owners and managers will have a clearer picture how safety training can actually improve profits by saving the company huge amounts of money.

Resource: Special Report

5 Tips to Get Workers to Report Near Misses

Near misses are “almost” incidents that could’ve resulted in serious injuries or property damage but didn’t. It’s easy for workers to ignore or not report near misses—after all, no harm was done. But near misses are opportunities to address safety issues before harm is done. So how to do encourage workers to report near misses?

Resource: Special Report

5 Ways Supervisors Can Set Better Priorities

When things are busy and the work is plentiful, there is never enough time (or stamina) to add to the workload by updating skills or re-tooling. But when it’s slow and jobs are few, many people will be competing for the same jobs. Being a middle-of-the-pack performer won’t get you noticed or working anytime soon. You have to bring something to the table that no one else has. Now is the time to tool-up and get the skills that will set you apart from everyone else.

Resource: Special Report

5 Ways to Make Your Safety Posters Stand Out

Safety posters are a great way to communicate a message and reach a large number of people without actually having to speak to each individual person on a daily basis. They can launch an initiative and help sustain it with timely reminders for things that you may become complacent with and can remind you of other related factors that may affect you while you work.

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Resource: Special Report

6 Safety Elements Safety Supervisors Must Now

In order for accidents to be reduced to the absolute minimum in all shops, it is imperative that each supervisor be aware of his responsibility for ensuring that each job is completed without accident.

Supervisors are looked upon as leaders. Real leadership requires a feeling of responsibility for the welfare of each of the working groups, as well as for the quality and quantity of work produced. No job can be considered as having been efficiently accomplished if an accident has interfered with the planned procedures.

Resource: Infographic

7 Ways Online Courses Save Money

These online courses benefits are what buyers indicated were the top factors that separated online self-paced safety training from instructor-led, pen and paper safety training.

Safe supervisors who use online courses will be most likely to save money and reduce the cost of their overall safety training program.

Resource: Special Report

8 Simple Steps for Effective Near Miss Management

It’s easy to discount the importance of near miss incidents since they don’t result in any real injury or property damage. But the near miss is a dress rehearsal for the real thing and a free shot at fixing problems with your safety program before they do real harm. That’s why forward thinking companies have implemented near miss programs to take advantage of these opportunities.

Resource: Infographic

9 Most Common OSHA Violations

In 2013 alone, while top OSHA violations remained consistent there was a 45% increase in citations over the year before, with nearly every major category showing an increase. These common violations are easily avoided with the proper training methods, and increased awareness of the issues.

Resource: Meeting Kit

A Slice of Safety Can Prevent Knife Injuries

Many workers use utility knives to open packaging. But one wrong move and these tools can do serious harm. In fact, nearly 40 percent of all injuries attributed to manual workshop tools in the US involve utility knives. And it’s not only utility knives that pose a risk. The straight hand knife is also a commonly used tool in many industries and the cause of many severe accidents.

Resource: Case Story

Alberta Processing Company

“The SafetyNow platform provides a complete resource of safety tools and information that is easily accessible by our employees spread throughout multiple facilities across Western Canada. It is a helpful and insightful resource for our Tool Box meetings and has paid for itself many times over through the quality of content and the time it has saved us.” – Eric Hansen, Heath & Safety Coordinator for Alberta Processing Company – a division of West Coast Reduction Ltd.

Resource: Case Story

Capital Power Corporation

“Before we utilized SafetyNow’s unique integrated training platform, which allows us to coordinate eLearning and instructor-led training all from one single platform, giving safety talks across our facilities was a huge undertaking. Thanks to SafetyNow’s universal accessibility, customizable features, and engaging material, setting up safety talks now is a breeze.” – Marcia Chiang, Senior Safety Consultant, Capital Power

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Resource: Meeting Kit

Chemicals: Handle with Care

Toxic chemicals are found in almost every home and workplace. In some industries such as chemical processing, they are used in great quantities. But they are also used for small, everyday tasks.

Resource: Online Course

Cold Stress in the Workplace

When the body’s temperature drops below 98.6°F, the blood vessels constrict to keep the warm blood near the body’s core and vital organs to protect them. In doing this, the blood flow to the arms and legs decrease and those parts of the body become vulnerable to frostbite or hypothermia. This course will teach employees about the hazards of working in cold temperatures and how to minimize or eliminate those hazards. Employees will learn how to anticipate and identify the effects of cold stress and methods used to prevent it. This course is intended for general industry employees who, as part of their regular work duties, will be subject to cold weather conditions for significant periods of time.

Resource: Infographic

Confined Spaces

Confined spaces are one of the most dangerous workplace hazards. This infographic depicts some key facts about these spaces.

Resource: Meeting Kit

Don’t Treat Forklifts Lightly

Many forklift injuries are received by people working or walking around forklifts in operation. Incident rates go down and productivity goes up when forklift operators are correctly trained. Learn safe driving practices, loading procedures and proper maintenance to prevent injuries and incidents.

Resource: Online Course

Drug Free Workplace

The term “drug abuse” often conjures-up images of junkies lurking in back alleys and crack houses, but most drug users are actively employed. Substance abuse is a problem that can seriously affect the safety of all employees in the workplace. This course will teach employees about the importance of keeping drugs out of the workplace and what they can do to help. Employees will learn about the impact of drug and alcohol abuse in U.S. workplaces, how to identify the elements of a drug-free workplace program and the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse. This course is intended for employees in all industries.

Resource: Infographic

Emergency Preparedness Infographic

Natural disasters cost $109 BILLION in economic damage in 2010—three times more than in 2009.

The return on investment for business continuity planning is estimated to be $681 of reduced property damage for every $1 spent on planning.

Resource: Meeting Kit

Entering Confined Spaces is Dangerous

A confined space is traditionally defined as an area large enough for a person to enter but not designed for continuous occupancy. It will usually have limited access, poor ventilation, and/or poor lighting. The space may contain a hazardous atmosphere such as toxic vapors or combustible gases. There may also be a lack of oxygen. Other risks may include getting entangled in moving machinery, entrapment because of the shape of the confined space or becoming engulfed in water, grain, or other materials.

Resource: Infographic

Fire Safety Infographic

This infographic covers fire safety plans, compliance with fire safety requirements, types of fire extinguishers and how to use them. Download it and post it in your workplace.

A construction worker with eye and ear protection operates a compressed air powered high speed cut-off tool to remove bolts embedded in concrete. Sparks fly. Exposed metal studs in background contribute to the under construction theme of the image. Rotary tool is spinning at 18,000 RPMs, some motion blur on tool and hand.
Resource: Online Course

Hand and Power Tools

Tools are such a common part of our lives that it’s difficult to remember that they may pose potential hazards to our safety. This course will teach employees the importance of hand and power tool safety and how to achieve it. Employees who successfully complete this course should learn the common hazards of different types of hand and power tools, including electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic and abrasive-wheel tools and how to minimize or eliminate those hazards. This course is intended for general industry employees who, as part of their regular work duties, are required to use or work around hand and power tools. This course can assist employers with meeting regulations outlined in OSHA’s regulations on hand and power tools.

Resource: Meeting Kit

Heat Stress Can Kill

Jane pulled the baker’s peel (shovel), loaded with crusty bread, from the oven. The temperature in her small bakery’s kitchen had climbed as the oven heated up. For a moment, she felt dizzy. Jane shook it off and continued with her work. She didn’t recognize that her dizziness was a sign of heat-related illness.

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Resource: Special Report

How to Demonstrate the Value of an OHS Management System

Convincing senior management to invest in safety initiatives can be an uphill battle, especially when the initiative isn’t specifically required by law. Of course, demonstrating that the initiative will cut costs and/or boost revenues is a great way to sell it to the business people who control the purse strings. But doing so is easier said than done.

Resource: Special Report

How to Survive an OSHA Inspection

OSHA has established a system of priorities based on the “worst first” approach under the category of “imminent danger” the reasonable certainty that a danger exists that is expected to cause death or serious physical harm.

Resource: Case Story

Index Energy

“SafetyNow definitely saved me time setting up Safety Meetings – it has eliminated a lot of the hassles. Our accident rate is almost nonexistent as employees are better trained on safety protocols, and they are overall more engaged with our safety program.” – Robin Welch, Health & Safety Representative at Index Energy Mills Road Corp

Resource: Online Course

Industrial Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the process of reducing worker injury through effective workplace design, such as decreasing the amount of bending or reaching for items, or using equipment to reduce the strain on the human body. This course will teach employees how to use ergonomics in industrial settings to reduce injury. Employees will learn how to identify ergonomic risk factors, potential injuries and methods to minimize or eliminate ergonomic hazards. This course is intended to provide general-industry employees with the ability to identify and improve ergonomic conditions for themselves in the workplace and assists employers with compliance with OSHA’s General Duty Clause.

Resource: Infographic

Injuries in the Workplace

SafetyNow has created infographics illustrating the common injuries and prevention tips for construction, hospitals, hotels, manufacturing, oil & gas, restaurants, and transportation.

Resource: Case Story

Irvine Lanes

“The SafetyNow platform is easy to use, efficient and has a wealth of interesting and engaging content. One of the main problems I had before using the SafetyNow platform was lack of employee interest and participation in our safety program. After implementing SafetyNow, my employees are more engaged and diligent about adhering to our safety program, which not only saves time and money, but potentially lives.” – Stephanie Maurer, General Manager, Irvine Lanes

Resource: Meeting Kit

Lockout Tagout Tryout: Your Key to Safety

The practice of using a lock and tag to isolate power from a piece of manufacturing equipment is not uncommon at work, but you may not realize that more injuries from failure of locking out happen at home and they can be prevented.

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Resource: Meeting Kit

Machines in Motion Mean Danger

It’s a simple fact: Machines need to move to perform their tasks. Whether it’s a conveyor belt carrying raw material to a mixing tank, power presses bending sheet metal or a drill press punching holes in a piece of wood, they all operate by movements that cause a serious risk to workers.

McKesson is using new analytics technologies made in IBM Labs to reduce CO2 and improve pharmaceutical distribution.  (PRNewsFoto/IBM)
Resource: Case Story


“The employee feedback from our Safety Talks has been very positive. They like the option of audio and visual presentations – it makes them more engaged and interested, as opposed to just listening to a supervisor talk to them about safety. As a result, our employees are more aware of safety hazards and protocols.” – Phyllis Gray, Health & Safety Coordinator at McKesson

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Resource: Meeting Kit

PPE: For Your Protection

Ill-fitting protective clothing and equipment is universally problematic in workplace safety. It deters workers from performing job-related tasks efficiently and safely. For women, the lack of adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) can be a barrier to equality of employment opportunity. Furthermore, the limited availability of PPE designed specifically for the shape of a woman’s body is a critical workplace health and safety issue.

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Resource: Meeting Kit

PPE: Stop Falls with Protective Gear

A fall arrest system is used to halt a person’s fall from a working level 10 feet (three meters) above any surface. It may consist of anchors, connectors, a full body harness, a lanyard, deceleration device, lifeline or any suitable combination of this equipment.

Resource: Meeting Kit

Preparing for Emergencies

Unexpected emergencies occur in workplaces every day in factories, plants, offices and warehouses, as well as construction sites and on the road. It could be a fire, fatal injury, flood, earthquake, shooting, tornado, chemical spill or another kind of crisis. So it’s important that companies have an emergency response plan to cover all expected and unexpected disasters. For this plan to be effective, all employees must be trained in the roles they will play in an emergency.

A view shows the logo of Sanofi Pasteur on a building at the French drugmaker's vaccine unit Sanofi Pasteur plant in Neuville-sur-Saone, near Lyon, March 14, 2014. Sanofi expects final clinical results for its vaccine against dengue by late September, the French drugmaker's project leader has told Reuters, and has already gambled on starting production despite some disappointing early trials data. Sanofi has invested more than one billion euros in the project and is hoping to become the first drugmaker to sell such a shot next year after two decades of research on the world's fastest-growing tropical disease, for which there is no preventative treatment.  Picture taken March 14, 2014.    REUTERS/Robert Pratta  (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY LOGO)
Resource: Case Story

Sanofi Pasteur

“SafetyNow is a major time saver- it has enabled us to run more relevant communication campaigns because we don’t have to spend countless hours researching and putting together information. All we have to do is put in a quick search and everything we need is at our fingertips.” – Christopher Caruso, HSE Management System Coordinator, Sanofi Pasteur

Resource: Case Story


“SafetyNow helps in the employee interview portion of the audit process. Staff are always commenting on how much they appreciate SafetyNow’s safety talks. It helps them be more aware of the hazards around the plant. There is no doubt that implementing SafetyNow has improved company morale.” – Terri Digness, Quality Assurance Systems Supervisor

Resource: Special Report

Selling Safety to the Executive Suite

There isn’t a company in North America that doesn’t claim to care deeply about the health and safety of its workers. But, as with anything else, when it comes to safety, talk is cheap. What matters isn’t what companies say but what they do to protect the people who work for them.

An effective safety program costs money. Your job, as a safety director, is to get the CEO and upper management to come up with the funds to build and maintain such a program. This report will guide you in doing that.

The effective safety director of today is the one who can show the CEO that spending money on safety is essential to the company’s financial performance.

This isn’t easy to do. After all, safety doesn’t generate revenue and profits the way other parts of a business do. So, in a sense, safety directors are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to competing against other business centers for funds.


Historically, safety violations in North America were met with hefty fines. Now, company directors and executives are also being seen charged with criminal negligence charges, and are even facing jail time.

This report is designed to be practical guidance for Safety Managers and Supervisors. Use the case studies, articles and profit calculators to present the case for safety to the executive suite at your organization. Show them that safety does contribute positively to the bottom-line.

Resource: Special Report

Top 3 Hidden Workplace Hazards

When you know how injuries occur in the workplace, you can put in place prevention measures. The most common hazards are from chemicals, fires, repetitive motion, electricity and fall related injuries. Keeping your employees safe can ensure a happier, more productive workplace. Build safety policies that address the specific hazards in your workplace.

Resource: Special Report

Top 5 Reasons Safety Professionals Use SafetyNow

Make your safety meetings engaging with powerful resources in SafetyNow. Our easy-to-use solution empowers safety professionals while removing the need for technical skills or IT support. SafetyNow delivers a simple solution with effective results and, not surprisingly, comes recommended by over 91% of users!

Resource: Meeting Kit

Use Ladders Safely

Using a ladder is a safer alternative to using a makeshift climbing device or an improvised work platform. However, using a ladder incorrectly can result in serious, even fatal injuries.