Updating Policies and Procedures for Lockout Tagout

lockout-tagout-proceduresCreating policies and procedures for lockout tagout is never an easy task. Based on OSHA Standard 1910.147, lockout tagout procedures have very specific requirements, are different at every facility, and need to be created in such a way that they are easy to monitor and update. This creates a very daunting task; especially since OSHA Standard 1910.147 is extremely convoluted and difficult to understand.

Because these procedures are so difficult to create, many companies hire third party lockout tagout auditing firms such as premierfactorysafety.com to help them create their procedures. And while this helps them to ensure that the procedures are correctly created, it also leaves the company with procedures they may not know how to properly monitor and update. So some companies then hire the third party auditing firm on indefinitely to monitor the procedures for them, making relevant changes.

But lockout tagout procedures may need to be changed …

Establishing Safety Goals

establishing-safety-goalsIt is important for every company, whether a brand new start up or a long standing company, to have established safety goals. These goals will help to guide your company’s occupational health and safety initiatives and will help to create a measurable, achievable, place for your company to reach. Your goals can be set in any of a number of ways and can be facilitated in a number of ways, as well. But however you set your goals, they need to be achievable, definable, and incremental.

Every company would like to set a safety goal of 100% OSHA compliance with no workplace injuries. Similarly, many companies want to get every safety certification at once. But these are not necessarily realistic goals for a company with a history of workplace injuries or OSHA issues. At least, not right away. But there are achievable goals which can be set along the way

8 Tips For New Business Owners

chinchilla-business-and-safety-consultingWhen starting out a new business, there will be a constant barrage of well-intentioned acquaintances giving you advice. Some of this advice will be great, some will be less-than-great; some will be extremely applicable to your business, some not so much, and some will be completely contradictory to what you were told the day before by someone else.

All of this advice, while well-meaning, can be overwhelming. So to help you through the process of deciphering the advice, here are 8 tips that are applicable to any new business in any industry to help get you off on the right foot.

Create a Business Plan – By setting goals, projections, and expectations to paper, you can begin tracking successes and failures. This will help you to determine actual startup costs, determine what success looks like in the first few years, and ensure you can afford your business if things start …