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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.

    Click below to hear what Trinity Safety Group's customers say about their staffing services:

     

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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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Preparing for an OSHA Visit

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Obama Administration has put the teeth back in OSHA's bite and even worse, many companies remain unprepared for a surprise visit from an OSHA inspector. Is your company one of them?

A visit from OSHA can be unwelcome and unsettling, but it need not be. By planning and preparing in advance, employers can minimize their discomfort over the pending inspection and obtain more control over the event. Would you know what to say and, even more importantly, what NOT to say in the event of a surprise inspection? Do you know your legal rights? Do you have a program in place for preparing for the inevitable drop-in before it happens? If so, that's great. But if you answered "no" to one or more of the above questions, Trinity Safety Group can help get you up to speed. Planning for an inspection in advance makes an inspection go more smoothly, allows you to be in control of the inspection, creates a positive impression on the inspector, and results in fewer violations. Our team of professionals will help your organization properly prepare for when OSHA comes knocking at the door.

Our comprehensive training will address a wide range of subject matter and help answer any questions you might have regarding an OSHA inspection, such as:

  • Inspection Team - Who will communicate with the inspector?
  • The Basics - What are likely areas of concern before the inspection?
    • Training Documentation?
    • Hazard Communication?
    • Emergency Preparedness & Evacuation Procedures?
    • Posting Requirements?
  • Documentation - What documents should be provided? What information should be shared?
  • Employee Interviews - Are your employees prepared to answer questions from the inspector?
  • Inspector Arrival - Should you ask for credentials? Who directs the conversation?
  • Purpose & Scope of Inspection - Do you have the right to know why OSHA is inspecting?
  • Opening & Closing Conference - What questions should you ask? How will you address deficiencies?
  • Facility Walk-Through - Should you note the inspectorís observations? Should you dispute whether something is a violation?
  • Following Inspection - What should you expect after the inspector addresses his/her concerns?

 

In theory, OSHA inspections do not need a reason to happen. Any organization can be visited at any time by an inspector who need not have any reason to show up except the fact that the workplace is covered by federal safety regulations.

If you have not had an OSHA inspection in many years (if ever), it may be tempting to be less than 100 percent rigorous about compliance with all OSHA rules. The effort to train new or transferred employees can be onerous, especially as other pressures increase in our stressed economy. But you should never assume that your employees are so skilled or knowledgeable that they donít need more training. And itís dangerous to assume that employees are so well protected that they would never report a potential violation or hazardous situation to OSHA.

To avoid unnecessarily triggering an inspection, and to be prepared should an inspection occur, you need an effective compliance plan. Fortunately, Trinity Safety Group possesses all the resources you need to develop an effective compliance plan, maintain a safe workplace, and prepare successfully for an OSHA inspection.

Testimonials

Dave Murphy, Corporate Safety Director - Pepper Construction

"Trinity Safety has been a key partner to Pepper Construction and our subcontractors on several projects. Their ability to staff projects with qualified safety professionals with varying scopes and scheduling requirements has provided us with tremendous flexibility to meet our project needs. The Trinity safety professionals combine an understanding of the construction work we perform with a genuine passion for the safety of the folks on our projects."