Safety Driving Tips for Memorial Weekend

According to the National Safety Council the estimate for traffic fatalities on the Memorial Weekend holiday period is 409 deaths and 47,000 seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents.  The three-day holiday period begins at 6 p.m. ET Friday, May 26 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET Monday, May 29.

Memorial Day is a holiday honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military and many Americans observe this day by visiting cemeteries or memorials and participating in parades. It also marks the start of summer and is considered to be a time to hold family gatherings and spend time with family and friends.

“More people will get away this Memorial Day weekend than have in the past 12 years, with 39.3 million U.S. travelers expected to take to the road, skies, rails and water, according to a forecast released Wednesday from auto club AAA.”

So while you’re heading to your favorite destinations consider these safety driving tips NSC for Memorial Weekend.

  • Buckle Up

Wear a seat belt on every trip. About 159 lives may be saved during the holiday with seat belt use, according to the NSC.

  • Use Child Safety Seats

Make sure children are restrained in safety seats that are appropriate for their height, age and weight.

  • Assign a Designated Driver

Designate an alcohol and drug-free driver or arrange alternate transportation. Impairment begins with the first drink.

  • Take Breaks While Traveling

Get plenty of sleep and take regular breaks to avoid fatigue.

  • Don’t Get Distracted

Never use a cell phone behind the wheel, even hands-free.

  • Don’t Let Teens Drive

Do not allow teens to drive with their friends. A single young passenger can increase a teen driver’s fatal crash risk 44 percent, the NSC estimates.

Have a safe Memorial Weekend!

Exclusive: First Look at OSHA Electronic Reporting CSV and API Documentation

Today OSHA published documentation for the Comma Seperated Variable (CSV) and Application Programming Interface (API) formats for upload to OSHA enabling compliance with the new rules for electronic reporting.

The API allows for direct uploading from a commercial Occupational Health/Medical records system such as Ex3. An extract of pertinate date will be directly sent to OSHA from the system.

The CSV allows for a formatted file that can be generated by Excel or by hand for summary reporting.

If your company doesn’t currently use an electronic medical records system for occupational health then it’s time you spoke with Ex3. Ex3 is a leading global provider of enterprise EHS software solutions and electronic medical records systems for occupational health, wellness and medical monitoring and is used by many of the worlds largest companies. Ex3 worked directly with OSHA to assist with the development of the new CSV and API formats.

For more information about EX3 click here.

For a look at the OSHA documentation for electronic reporting CSV and API formats click here:

In addition to the documentation, there is a template file and summary data file for the CSV.

Whatever you do, Ex3 can help you improve:

Management of occupational related injury and Illness cases (OSHA recordkeeping).

Identification and mitigation of hazards and risks

Management of close calls, near misses and significant incidents.

Corporate wellness and medical monitoring programs. 

Training, education and awareness.

Corporate social responsibility and management of environment issues including global carbon footprint tracking and calculations.

Management of water and air emissions. Using safer materials.

About us: Efficient Enterprise Engineering, Inc. (Ex3) is a leading global provider of software systems for Environment, Health, Safety, Security and Productivity and a full service software and IT consulting firm focused on providing solutions and improved processes. We help our clients operate with higher levels of efficiency, productivity and profitability. Ex3 is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona USA and has office locations across the continental US and abroad. Ex3 serves clients across the North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

 

2017 OSHA Final Rule for Digital Reporting – New Regulations

“Our new rule will ‘nudge’ employers to prevent work injuries to show investors, job seekers, customers and the public they operate safe and well-managed facilities. Access to injury data will also help OSHA better target compliance assistance and enforcement resources, and enable ‘big data’ researchers to apply their skills to making workplaces safer.”

-Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

The New OSHA Digital Reporting Rule

 The new OSHA rule taking effect Jan 1, 2017, requires electronic submittal of injury and illness data that employers are already compiling and recording.  This data will enable OSHA to more effectively apply its resources for enforcement and compliance.  Data varies depending on the size of company and industry type, but the objective is to improve workplace safety while providing valuable information about employers to internal and external stakeholders and the public.

OSHA plans to facilitate electronic submittal via a secure website offering three options which is scheduled to go live in February 2017:

1)  Manually entering data into a web form

2)  Uploading a CSV file

3)  Transmitting data via an API (application programming interface) for those users that are currently using an automated system

What All Employers Should Know

Employers with 250 or more employees:  You’ll need to submit forms 300A, 300 and 301 electronically which will be due July 1, 2018 for the year 2017.  If you are not currently using an automated system, it is time to begin using an EHS software product, such as Ex3, for electronic recordkeeping and the ability to interface directly with OSHA.

Employers with 20 – 249 employees: Depending on your industry type, you may be able to continue using your spreadsheets.  Check industry type for your compliance requirements.

You can read the Final Rule to get up to speed and avoid surprises.

Anti-retaliation Protections

Employers are also required to inform employees of their right to report any and all work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation.  Although this provision became effective in August 2016, OSHA began enforcing it in December 2016.

This also solidifies the case for providing your employees with a user-friendly EHS system that is comprehensive and well-integrated as having a slow and complicated process can be considered as discouraging your employees from reporting workplace injuries.

Whatever you do, Ex3 can help you improve:

Management of occupational related injury and Illness cases (OSHA recordkeeping).

Identification and mitigation of hazards and risks

Management of close calls, near misses and significant incidents.

Corporate wellness and medical monitoring programs. 

Training, education and awareness.

Corporate social responsibility and management of environment issues including global carbon footprint tracking and calculations.

Management of water and air emissions. Using safer materials.

About us: Efficient Enterprise Engineering, Inc. (Ex3) is a leading global provider of software systems for Environment, Health, Safety, Security and Productivity and a full service software and IT consulting firm focused on providing solutions and improved processes. We help our clients operate with higher levels of efficiency, productivity and profitability. Ex3 is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona USA and has office locations across the continental US and abroad. Ex3 serves clients across the North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

 

Ex3 gives all US employees paid time off to go VOTE!

Today, Ex3 has chosen to give all of our US employees as much time as they need for the purpose of voting. We believe that this is an extremely important right and an obligation for every citizen and nothing should stand in the way of that happening. “The election process is simply too important to all of us and the outcomes, especially in this election, affect every aspect of our lives.” said Nathan R Giles, Ex3 President and CEO. “We want every one of our employees to enjoy the freedom of expressing thier voice in the political process.”

Whatever you do, Ex3 can help you improve:

Identification and mitigation of hazards and risks

Management of close calls, near misses and significant incidents.

Management of occupational related injury and Illness cases (OSHA recordkeeping).

Corporate wellness and medical monitoring programs. 

Training, education and awareness.

Corporate social responsibility and management of environment issues including global carbon footprint tracking and calculations.

Management of water and air emissions. Using safer materials an

About us: Efficient Enterprise Engineering, Inc. (Ex3) is a leading global provider of software systems for Environment, Health, Safety, Security and Productivity and a full service software and IT consulting firm focused on providing solutions and improved processes. We help our clients operate with higher levels of efficiency, productivity and profitability. Ex3 is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona USA and has office locations across the continental US and abroad. Ex3 serves clients across the North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

OSHA Recordable Trend Down 13 years Running

Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels encouraged by BLS report on occupational injuries and illnesses in 2015

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released data that indicates a continued drop in the recordable rate for occupational injuries and illnesses across the US for the 2015 year.  This continues a trend over the last 13 years with only one year (2012) slightly out of that pattern.

“Private industry employers reported about 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2015, representing a decline of about 48,000 from 2014, despite an increase in total hours worked. The rate of cases recorded was 3.0 cases per 100 full-time workers – down from 3.2 in 2014. The rate is the lowest recorded since at least 2002, when OSHA recordkeeping requirements were modified.”

Having worked in this industry for over twenty years now, I tend to see things from an insider perspective. While many of our Ex3 customers have been able to achieve rates in the .02 to 1.0, range we see many companies that don’t seem to understand the value of safety and show rates much higher. The 3.0 rate reported by BLS is an average across all US employers. Bottom line is that 2.9 million people still suffered work related “recordable” injuries or illnesses meaning that they were serious enough to affect the ability to work in some manner.  Many companies continue to show rates far above the 3.0. The statistic is thus heavily weighted. Companies that are serious about health and safety significantly off set the poor performers.

There is still much work to be done to keep all employees safe.  The value of life is priceless and we owe it to all employees to do what it takes to provide them with a safe working environment.  Presumably, due to current economics,  we have recently encountered a larger than normal number of companies who, while stating  that they are serious about their safety programs, aim to save money by lowering or even eliminating the budget for an effective EHS software management system to track their data. If you don’t effectively track it, you can’t effectively manage it.  Speadsheets dont cut it! The culture of safety starts with doing the right thing on all levels. This includes implementation of a user-friendly, cohesive EHS management system that gives you timely access to your employees’ work habits and safety procedures.  This will, as has been proven time and again, provide you with a tremendous ROI on your most valuable asset, your employees.

Over the last twenty years Ex3 has worked with many of the world’s leading companies to help them identify hazards and associated risks, to mitigate those risks and to keep their employee populations, customers and communities safe. We are proud to be part of the community of EHS professionals who have dedicated their lives to protecting others and also proud of the incredible successes we’ve been able to show for our customers. Click to see success stories.

Whatever you do, Ex3 can help you improve:

Identification and mitigation of hazards and risks

Management of close calls, near misses and significant incidents.

Management of occupational related injury and Illness cases (OSHA recordkeeping).

Corporate wellness and medical monitoring programs. 

Training, education and awareness.

Corporate social responsibility and management of environment issues including global carbon footprint tracking and calculations.

Management of water and air emissions. Using safer materials and processes and fuels recycling and reduction of global carbon footprint.

Medical monitoring and wellness programs for employee, families and communities.

Contact us and we’ll show you how!

About us: Efficient Enterprise Engineering, Inc. (Ex3) is a leading global provider of software systems for Environment, Health, Safety, Security and Productivity and a full service software and IT consulting firm focused on providing solutions and improved processes. We help our clients operate with higher levels of efficiency, productivity and profitability. Ex3 is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona USA and has office locations across the continental US and abroad. Ex3 serves clients across the North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

One death per month in the US mining industry? Still way too many!

October 4th 2016, I just received Coal Mine Fatalgram #8 for 2016 from MSHA, the Mining Safety and Health Administration in the US. Last year there were 9. Last week I received Metal/NonMetal Fatalgram #12 for 2016. More than one death per month is just too many. But, I also receive MSHA serious injury notices almost every week. For the last twenty years I have worked to improve safety performance in many of the worlds largest companies and across multiple industries. I have worked in the US, across Europe and in Asia and the Middle East and implemented lean processes, efficient business models and integrated software systems for Health, wellness and safety management. In every country, Mining is the industry that I have found to be most resistant to any ideas, systems or improvements. It is a closed door. No one wants to admit there is a problem. They will do the minimum required and that is all, beyond that they want no visibility to outsiders.

This baffles me because mining accidents have the potential to be extremely serious and highly visible. If for no other reason safety should be a high priority and a major concern simply for the PR repercussions. There may be a few mining companies that are serious about safety beyond lip service.  However, fear of exposure often outweighs their willingness to improve on safety procedures and processes. Safety matters EVERYWHERE and even one death is too many.

Do you work in the mining industry? Have thoughts about Safety? Let’s hear your comments. How can we do better?

 

Olympic Sized Support.


If you google ‘Olympic Mindset,’ you’ll get a plethora of blogs, articles and interviews on how to cultivate and foster a winning and success-oriented mind. We all revel in the art of competition and wonder about the dedication and discipline it takes to be included in the roster of the best of the best. Most of these articles, inspire and encourage the reader to develop a never-giving up spirit or to consider failure as steps toward future success. While the desire to succeed is a human trait, unless we were lucky enough to have a support network of loved ones during our critical growth years as teenagers or younger, most of us are unfamiliar with the art of asking for support. An Olympic athlete needs to be disciplined and dedicated to get to practice day after day, but the coach is the sturdy support that creates the foundation for the athlete’s support. Without the coach, the athlete may never flourish into an Olympian.


Asking for Support

We may be able to dream and fantasize about how life would be so much more pleasant if we were given support by our partners, coworkers and managers, but lack the ability to articulate our need for support and guidance. Perhaps, the fear of appearing weak or incompetent stops us from voicing the need for support. Or perhaps being afraid of getting judged or labeled by our coworkers or managers prevents us from asking for the tools we need to perform our job more efficiently and effectively. Whatever, the reason, the fact remains that those of us who are able to look past the fears and judgment can develop the courage to seek guidance, couching and support that ultimately leads to the path of success.
It is the ability to provide support and assistance that has made Ex3 a success for the past 25 years. We understand this critical link to success is the foundation for effective implementation of our software suite and offering.
While you have been busy building your department, reaching your annual goals and cultivating a strong organizational culture, we have been developing the software that supports your organizational goals.


Seeking Partnerships

How would your decision making be impacted if you felt supported by your colleagues, vendors and managers? While we are not here to change the culture within your organization, we can and will provide you with the software tools that support you to fulfill the daily demands of your organization. Whether your need is to measure your athlete’s performance, or prepare on-demand reports for analytics, or simply maintain an up-to-date accident and injury report, our comprehensive suite of data management software will seamlessly provide the means for quick and accurate data gathering so you can feel like the peak performance athlete with an effective support network. So before you throw in the towel and become frustrated with the overwhelming number of projects tugging at you daily, begin to take a look at the support tools around you and follow these steps to transform your experience:

  1. Hire for talent. One really good resource can outperform a pool of fakers.
  2. Make sure your IT staff gets the proper training. Technology changes daily and you have to keep up. If you have an inadequate training budget then you’re falling behind.
  3. If you’re using contractors make sure each resource actually knows what they’re doing. One bad resource can kill your project.
  4. Hire seasoned project managers that can see through the smoke. You have to be able to recognize a fake when you see one.
  5. Always work from well defined specs. Every project must have clear set expectations and clear requirements in order to function.
  6. Don’t get caught up trying to implement the latest “IT Buzz Word!”

Have thoughts and experiences? I’d like to hear…

About us: Ex3 is a global Software and IT Consulting firm that focuses on providing software solutions and improved processes that help our clients operate more efficiently, more profitable and as more productive entities through management and promotion of Environment, Health, Safety, Security and Productivity. We help our clients protect the Environment and promote Corporate Social Responsibilty. We take what we do seriously and have a long track record of success as a result. Ex3 is Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona and has office locations across the continental US. Ex3 serves clients in US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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Founded in 1997, Ex3 is a global Software and IT Consulting firm that focuses on providing software solutions and improved processes that help our clients operate more efficiently, more profitable and as more productive entities through management and promotion of Environment, Health, Safety, Security and Productivity. We help our clients protect the Environment and promote Corporate Social Responsibilty. We take what we do seriously and have a long track record of success as a result. Ex3 is Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona and has office locations across the continental US. Ex3 serves clients in US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

In addition to being a leading provider of EHS and Occupational Health and Wellness systems to the world’s largest companies, Ex3 provides powerful cloud ERP solutions for Education, Sports, Transportation, Science and Business.

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