How can you be sure that you're doing a job as safely as possible? What about your employees? Are you creating a structured Job Hazard Analysis code, or a Safe Work Procedures manual in the workplace? How do you choose between these two superior models of safety code development?  Whatever the choice, the key to success is training. The highest standard of training produces the best workplace safety record. The tools you choose to develop and document safe practices in the workplace, whether a JHA or SWP mean little without the training to implement them into a successful and lasting safety culture.

No matter how a hazard management system is designed and built, the overall safety of a workplace is mainly the result of diligent compliance strategies and applied worker training programs. Each individual in a workforce has a unique safety profile; with a detailed timeline of orientations, courses, certificates and compliance. Tracking and managing this information along with the logistics of actual training sessions is a challenging task, regardless of the choice of company guidelines. Whatever the platform, whether JHA or SWP, it's how the training component is managed that yields and tracks measurable results. Job Hazard Analysis and Safe Work Procedures are two similar tools for risk assessment and reduction. Training employees to use the them effectively, and managing their progress, is a separate and more complex challenge than the actual systems.

The emergence of complete online systems offering everything from courses and quizzes to full adminstrative control over compliance and records has eased the training burden for companies of all sizes in need of safety management solutions. Visit to discover the ease and effectiveness of an affordable safety management tool. Integrate any work policy into your own system design, and watch your workforce succeed.

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Our customers have long been asking for tutorial videos that demonstrate how to perform certain functions in the SAFETYSYNC online safety management system.  Some tutorials have already been posted on our website and our new YouTube channel, while many more are in the works. 

The videos are recorded in high definition (1280 x 720), so we recommend maximizing the video window to enjoy them in their full 1080p resolution.

The first tutorial was posted a few weeks ago.  It walks you through the various steps involved in upload a video safe operating procedure to the online safety management system (7 minutes):

1.  Why use videos to document safe operating procedures
2.  Tips for recording safe operating procedure videos
3.  Upload the procedure to YouTube as an "unlisted" video
4.  Link to the procedure video from SafetySync
5.  Overview of various settings (assignment to positions)
6.  Workers log in and review safe operating procedure

This feature is proving to be very popular with our existing clients, since it allows the companies to not only demonstrate how to do the tasks safely, but also how to do them correctly (and therefore avoid costly operational headaches).

We recommend that company safety managers and administrators subscribe to the SAFETYSYNC YouTube channel in order to stay informed on the new "How to" tutorials that will be posted from time to time.  If you "Like" the video, please mark it accordingly in YouTube with the "thumbs-up" button, and post any comments you feel are warranted.

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Another safety alert went out this week from the industry safety association for the oil and gas industry in Canada informing its members of another fatality.

This particular case involved a worker being in the drum area of the draw works and getting caught up in the line when the lever control was accidentally engaged.  Every incident like this is due to a different set of circumstances, but the contributing factors are consistent.  There are almost always the following problems with the company's safety management system:
  • "No implementation of work procedures to control work activities"
  • "The procedures for conducting the work were insufficient to prevent the incident"
  • "Personnel on location did not recognize the dangers associated with the task"
What the investigators are trying to say is that employers should invest more time and effort in developing safe work procedures and communicating them to their employees.

Very rarely do customers sign up for SafetySync for the Safe Operating Procedure module, but it is the component that will likely have the most dramatic improvement to safety at the company.  This is especially true if you record videos of competent employees explaining what could go wrong with the task, and how to complete every step correctly.

Having safe work procedures and a system like SafetySync to deliver them to your workers will go a long way toward reducing the likelihood of an incident at your workplace.  Sign up today and roll out the procedures you have ASAP; the basic system we offer is absolutely free.

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