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  • Why should I use a safety consulting firm for site safety staffing?

    It is well established that high safety performance not only promotes the health and safety of personnel, but also positively impacts the organization's reputation. A key aspect of establishing and maintaining a high safety performance is having an experienced and knowledgeable safety representative whose priorities and objectives are aligned with your organization. The challenge is finding the right person for the job, that has the skillset, an effective approach and is available within your timeline.  hand shake 2

    The resources and time it takes to effectively hire a site safety professional is daunting.  There are four metrics to the hiring process sourcing, screening, interviewing and hiring. To effectively complete all of these steps takes time and money.  Another challenge can be keeping the site safety professional from leaving the project before it is complete.  If this happens, the company is forced to start at the beginning of the process to backfill the position which cost more time and money.  

    Working with a safety consulting company like Trinity Safety Group for safety staffing needs has several advantages over hiring your own full-time safety employee. The bottom line is when you use a safety consulting company the risk is transfered, they become a turn-key solution.  Beyond the inital benefit, most firms like Trinity Safety Group has many safety professionals on staff with diverse experience and expertise.  Now you have a team of safety professionals at your finger tips when that need arises. When you hire a reputable firm you should get the following:

    1. Expertise

    A professional safety staffing service is focused and equipped to provide you with experienced professionals whose expertise matches your project. The staffing service will carefully evaluate each project and ensure that you work with only the most qualified team members.

    2. Save Time

    According to NACE, the average time from interview to offer is 22.5 days. Consider the time spent writing up the position description, posting the position, gathering and reviewing resumes, and scheduling interviews, and analyzing all qualified candidates before even making the offer, and you'll realize how quickly it adds up. A safety staffing service understands what you need for the job and has refined, smooth processes to quickly fill your position.

    3. Save Money

    In addition to the benefit of having an experienced staff ready to hit the ground running, there are substantial cost advantages to choosing a staffing service to staff your project versus hiring a permanent staff member. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average direct cost for a new employee is $57,967.88 including basic wages, benefits, and taxes. Add in costly overtime during the vacancy of the position, recruiting and advertising costs, screening and testing costs, and this number can quickly grow exponentially.

    By using a safety staffing service, you save costs in several areas, including:

    • Employee benefits packages
    • Training expenses
    • Recruiting and overhead costs 

    4. Staff Anywhere

    A staffing service has access to a wide pool of highly qualified candidates. They can provide you with safety professionals anywhere in the country. No matter where the project is located, how big or small, a safety staffing service will work with you on each and every staffing need. Established safety staffing agencies often work with professionals and skilled workers who are open to short term, project, or part time work that have strong backgrounds in their field. Having experienced talent that can quickly come in and adapt to your position can provide you with great flexibility.

    5. Staff with Confidence

    After spending all of the time, money, resources, and effort in the hiring process, you want to be sure that your hire is a good one. Partnering with a safety staffing service will give you the peace of mind and confidence to know that you're hiring someone who will live up to expectations.

    When it comes to your safety staff you cannot take chances.  Find a reputable safety consulting firm who specializes in safety staffing to reduce the burnden of finding the right safety professional in a timely manner.

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  • How to Establish a Safety Program

    Obviously, you want your company to be safe. But what if you don't have a formal safety program in place? Where do you begin? How do you bring the entire company on board and help your employees catch the vision? We are often asked these same questions.

    If your company is starting from scratch, establishing a safety program can seem like a daunting task. But it is very important. That's why we've put together this blog post - to help you easily implement a solid safety program.

     

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    1. Develop a plan of action that includes both management and employee involvement.

    It's essential to develop a program that will meet the needs of everyone within your organization. However, a binder filled with procedures is not going to help your employees stay safe. That's why we recommend employee safety representatives are part of the process. This will encourage their continued support and participation.

    2. Designate a health and safety representative.

    As with any good plan, you will need to assign someone to take this responsibility. This individual must have authority to do the job and the ability to work and interact with employees at all levels within the company. Choose someone that has the knowledge of both the facility and general safety requirements. The designated person should be credible knowledgeable about the operations. Management must give adequate resources (time, authority, money) to develop an effective program.

    3. Determine the health and safety requirements of the specific workplace and operations.

    In order to succeed, you need to figure out the established requirements associated with your company's location, operations and equipment. This will help you develop a hazard assessment strategy, pinpoint hazardous areas and procedures (causing significant injury or illness) and provide the background for correction and control strategies.

    To aid with this, you will need to look into:

    • OSHA laws, regulations, and standards
    • Equipment manuals
    • Chemical inventory
    • Employee capabilities
    • Accident and injury/illness history
    • Existing safety and health materials

    4. Conduct a hazard assessment of the workplace 

    Your ultimate goal is to identify and prevent hazards. Develop an initial plan for assessing the workplace with a comprehensive safety and health survey. During the initial survey, you will want to identify any hazardous situations and all violations of laws, regulations or standards.

    Effective strategies for an initial workplace survey include:

    • Floor plans
    • Storage areas
    • Processes
    • Equipment & Pedestrian pathways
    • Job hazard analysis

    Step 5: Correct identified hazards.

    Once identified, you should promptly correct all hazards.  This will build credibility of your company's health and safety policy. Financial resources may be required to correct some hazards. Every reasonable effort must be made to provide adequate funding to protect the workplace safety and health of your company. If a complete correction of a hazard is delayed, interim measures may be necessary in some instances. 

    Step 6: Keep the workplace hazard-free.

    Once hazards are corrected, ensure that the workplace remains hazard-free. Rules and procedures should be clearly stated and understandable. Although it is not always required, work rules and emergency procedures be in writing. 

    Once the procedures are established, it is important to develop a means for enforcing them. Enforcement is particularly important initially, when management will experience the most resistance to the new rules and procedures.

    Step 7: Train Employees in Safety and Health.

    We strongly recommend training employees in safety and health. Train employees about how company’s safety and health program will benefit them and they will make the program work. Retraining is wise (we recommend annually), since health and safety are long-term commitments. Similarly, training should be required for all new employees.

    Step 8: Keep the program up-to-date and effective.

    At this point, most of your hard work is done. However, it's important to maintain the new, safer environment you've created. Don't forget to document all the work you've done so it can be reviewed to determine program effectiveness down the road.

    By following these easy 8 steps, you are well on your way to establishing a safety program. Have questions? Give us a call, we're happy to help. 

     

     

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HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

Friday, October 28, 2011

Most people think of Halloween as a time for fun and treats.  However, roughly four times as many children aged 5-14 are killed while walking on Halloween evening compared with other evenings of the year. Falls are also a leading cause of injuries among children on Halloween.  Many of these injuries can be prevented if parents closely supervise school-aged children during trick-or-treat activities.

Following are a few tips to help make this holiday as safe as possible:  Children should only go to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.  Traveling in small groups, accompanied by an adult, is always a good idea.   Every year, many children do get lost, so it is important to have their names and phone numbers attached to their costumes if they are too young to remember. Someone in the group should be carrying a cell in case of an emergency.

Make sure they bring all treats home before eating so parents can inspect them.  Although the risk that your child’s Halloween candy has been tampered with is extremely low, there is also the chance that his candy is unwrapped or spoiled.  Use costume knives and swords that are flexible, not rigid or sharp. 

When walking in neighborhoods, they should use flashlights, stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing yards.  Wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame retardant.  Try to consider using face paint instead of masks, as they can obstruct a child’s vision.  Avoid wearing hats that could slide down over their eyes as well as long, baggy costumes and oversized shoes.

If you are driving with or without trick-or-treaters, proceed slowly and watch for children in the street and on medians.  Exit driveways and alleyways carefully and have your kids get out of the cars on the curb side – not on the traffic side.  As a parent, supervise any and all children under the age of 12 and establish a curfew for older kids.

Finally, prepare your own home for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns and sidewalks.  Avoid giving choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candy or small toys as treats to young children. 

HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HALLOWEEN!

Testimonials

Michael Overholt, Manager-Safety & Quality, ACIG

"As the President of Trinity Safety Group, Jason Jones is the consumate safety professional and executive leader.  We have teamed with Trinity on several valued partner programs for our customers.  Jason brings a high level of integrity and professionalism to his company, his client base, and the construction community throughout the United States.  I have a very high regard for Jason and his work and highly recommend him and his firm."