Month: October 2016

5 Uses for Excel for Business Owners

tracking-safety-trendsMicrosoft Excel is one of the few programs that any business owner can utilize to improve efficiency with their business. Unfortunately, it is also a tool which is underutilized by most small business users because they either are intimidated by the complexities of some of the more advanced features of Excel or because they simply don’t know about them. If, however, you are a small business owner, here are 5 reasons why you should start using Excel if you aren’t, and why you should expand your use with it, if you already are.


  1. Track Sales – With Excel, you can collect sales data and place it all onto a spreadsheet. With this data, you can then track sales on a daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis. You can track peak seasons, growth, and even forecast for future sales. It is one of the simplest, yet most complete, ways to

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 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