It’s time for a holistic EHS software approach. We see it in medicine. Many people choose to relieve depression with yoga and psychotherapy, in addition to antidepressants. The spirit, body and mind of reducing workplace incidents starts by looking to key performance indicators (KPI) — or lagging and leading indicators.
Recently, many articles have stressed the importance of looking beyond lagging indicators, but then how can your organization learn from past incidents and track results? By combining incident measurement and training management software, your company or organization can take on a holistic approach to reducing workplace incidents and meeting OSHA standards.
How can Key Performance Indicators be the key in reducing your workplace incidents?
Attempting to track complex data analytics, track results, train employees and keep them safe on your own can be difficult tasks to handle. Utilize EHS software tailored to measure KPIs and manage training compliance to help solve the problem. Just a few of the specialized features of these tools include:
- Framework for managing regulatory and program-specific training requirements
- Validate training effectiveness through course specific e-quizzes
- Incident investigation, root cause analysis, corrective and preventive action tracking
- Integrate with occupational health, medical and computer systems for case tracking and program visibility
What makes this important right now? Why should your business invest? Other than avoiding everyday safety violations and reoccurring workplace injuries, investing will help you meet current and upcoming OSHA regulations.
Major New OSHA Rules of Summer 2016
- Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica — Final Rule, June 23rd
- Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses — Final Rule, August 10th
Overview of Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica Rule
OSHA’s final rule aims to reduce the risk of lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime. Responsible employers have been protecting employees form the harmful substance for years, but now it’s becoming mandatory. Here are some of the rule requirements:
- Reduces the permissible exposure limit for silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air
- Requires employers to: use engineering controls to limit worker exposure; provide respirators when engineering controls cannot adequately limit exposure; develop a written exposure control plan, and train workers on silica risks and how to limit exposures.
- Provides medical exams to monitor highly exposed workers and gives them information about their lung health.
Overview of Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Rule
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports more than three million workers suffer from a workplace injury or illness every year. Currently, little or no information about worker injuries and illnesses is made public or available to OSHA. With this new rule employers are required to submit a record of the injuries and illnesses to OSHA to help them with identifying hazards and fixing problems. Here are the rule requirements:
- Establishments with 250 or more employees must electronically submit injury and illness information from OSHA forms 300, 300A and 301 (300 & 301 starting in 2018).
- Establishments with 20-249 employees in high-risk industries must submit information from OSHA form 300A.
- OSHA intends to review certain employer procedures that may have the effect of discouraging employee reporting of injuries.
How Gensuite Tools Can Help You Meet OSHA’s Final Rules
The Gensuite® Incidents & Measurements application can help you address the new regulation by enabling one-click generation of a site/business OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 form. In addition, Gensuite plans to join discussions in concert with our subscribers and industry groups to meet with OSHA to talk through options for direct system integrations, thus removing the need for sites to manually generate logs and input them into OSHA’s website.
Other benefits of the Gensuite Incidents & Measurements application include:
- Tracking of hours worked and sites recordable rates
- Monitoring site performance on a monthly/quarterly basis through auto-generated site metric reports
- Instant system-generated email notifications upon entry/modification of incidents so site-leadership stays up-to-date.
The Gensuite Training Compliance suite can help you address both new OSHA regulations by keeping your employees up-to-date with OSHA’s mandatory training requirements. In addition, training employees prevent new and future injuries from occurring, so you don’t have to evaluate progress based on how many employees have been severely injured and how that number has improved. Prevent them from happening in the first place.
Take a look at these amazing application benefits:
- Establish framework for managing regulatory and program-specific training requirements, alert training leaders of new and transferred employees for training needs assessment
- Integrate automatic updates from HR systems, offer multiple training instruction types to engage employees in classroom and e-learning training; integrated training calendar solution for session scheduling, provide employees with access to a diverse library of pre-loaded training content licensed from leading providers such as RedVector®, SkillSoft®, PureSafety®
- Validate training effectiveness through course-specific e-quizzes; log completions through online, bar-coding, Mobile & batch upload
- Identify qualified employees by task based on training completion status.
Plan now for the program changes needed! Contact us today to know more about how Gensuite can help you meet these mandatory regulations. Take on the holistic EHS software approach. Look to Key Performance Indicators so your business can avoid safety violations and injuries. Who doesn’t want the satisfaction of a being a part of a workplace that has been accident and incident free for 90 days (or more)?