Make the Most of OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week

Make the Most of OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week

This week is “Safe + Sound Week,” a nationwide awareness campaign created by OHSA. The comprehensive program, dedicated to keeping U.S. companies, employees and the public safe, is both important and enlightening.

Running from Monday through Sunday, this week focuses on raising awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs which affect everything from management leadership to worker participation to finding and fixing workplace hazards.

Why Should You Participate?

You know that workplace injuries and illnesses directly impact employers’ bottom line. But are you aware that in addition to social costs, U.S. employers pay almost $1 billion per week for workers’ compensation costs? This number includes direct costs like workers’ compensation payments, medical expenses and legal services payments—and indirect costs like training replacement employees, investigating accidents and deploying corrective measures, as well as lost productivity, damaged equipment and property repairs, and the additional costs that come with lower employee morale and absenteeism.

A safe business is a strong business.

How Do I Get Started?

Even though you’re part of the way through the week, you can still take advantage of this time to focus on safety and health habits.

On the OSHA website, you’ll find well-defined activities that make a real and lasting impact on your organization. Whether you want to host an employee-only event or include customers as well, there are a number of brief and productive activities that accomplish the week’s objectives. You’ll also earn a certificate and web badge that recognize your efforts and promote good adherence to these practices all year long.

OSHA identifies three core elements on which to focus: management leadership, worker participation and finding and fixing hazards.

Management Leadership:

Your dedication to safety and health should be clear at the highest levels of your organization. Start by establishing core values around safety and health and creating related goals. Then offer resources and make sure to always practice safe behaviors. Your actions at the top will drive the entire organization’s actions. Owners, executives, managers, supervisors and other leaders can make a big difference in their company’s cultures and systems. OSHA provides some real actionable checklists and smart ways to accomplish this.

Worker Participation:

Employees are the lifeblood of any business, and they must adhere to and be proponents of a safe and healthy work environment. To this end, they can set, implement, evaluate and enhance safety and health programs already in place, as well as offer recommendations where they feel there is a need for additional support. Employees should feel free to alert their superiors to perceived hazards as well. Since they’re the experts that work closely with the equipment and tools, they’re an invaluable resource for potential safety and health issues. OSHA provides some solid strategies to enhance and encourage worker safety and health practices too.

A systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards:

With a proactive, consistent effort, organizations can find and manage sources of potential injuries or illnesses. Whether you’re collecting and reviewing information about known or potential hazards in the workplace, determining the causes of hazards, or setting hazard controls, it’s essential to make this an ongoing program. OSHA recommends these tools to maintain the practice.

Safe + Sound = Smart

Whether you implement one or 100 of these ideas, you’ll be making your organization that much safer and smarter. After you’ve completed your events, you can download a certificate and web badge to recognize your organization and your workers. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to start today.

 

 

Last Chance to Join IST’s “Security of Security” Event

Last Chance to Join IST’s “Security of Security” Event

More than ever, there needs to be an organizational mindset that places importance on cybersecurity as much as physical security. Modern security systems are cyber-physical systems, inheriting both the power and pitfalls of the digital world.

 

With increased interconnectivity, there are more threat opportunities and surfaces of attack. It’s critical to comprehend all of what is necessary to defend against.

 

IST is always seeking out the best ways to keep your physical and cyber-world secured. That’s why we’re hosting our “Security of Security” event on May 1 (in Richmond, VA) and May 3 (in Herndon, VA).

 

Designed for end users, clients and customers, “Security of Security” will help you identify and mitigate risks and achieve cyber and physical security resilience. You will hear presentations from IST’s best-of-breed technology partners and industry experts, from Genetec and Bosch.

 

WHEN & WHERE:

May 1, 2018 – Richmond, VA, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Lunch will be provided)

May 3, 2018 – Herndon, VA, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Lunch will be provided)

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

Customers, clients and end users who are:

  • Interested in next-generation security requirements and controls
  • Embarking on an upgrade or implementation of a security platform
  • Seeking solutions to support immediate requirements and evolve in the future

 

Get the knowledge you need to strengthen physical systems and add cyber safeguards. Reserve your spot for this complimentary event today!

 

IST’s “Security of Security” Event

Integrated Security Technologies’ Spring 2018 Education Series Presents our “Security of Security” Event

May 1 (Richmond, VA) and May 3 (Herndon, VA)

Security has been greatly influenced by the changes in our daily technology capabilities. In many ways, our interconnected world benefits the security industry—making our security systems smarter, more powerful, more cost-effective and easier to manage.

 

In other ways, our industry is becoming more vulnerable. We are faced with unprecedented threats to people, property and data.

 

As the security sector undergoes enormous evolutions, both innovations and exploitations will proliferate. Without the proper protection of critical assets, the size, scope and severity of security threats and attacks will likely increase over time.

 

Please join us for our Spring 2018 Education Series event this May with a focus on “Security of Security.” This event will show how to decrease system vulnerability and increase asset protection through technology advancements. You will hear presentations from Genetec and Bosch and have access to one-on-one discussions with industry leaders.

 

WHEN & WHERE:

May 1, 2018 – Richmond, VA, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Lunch will be provided)

May 3, 2018 – Herndon, VA, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Lunch will be provided)

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

Clients, customers and end-users who are:

  • Interested in next-generation security requirements and controls
  • Embarking on an upgrade or implementation of a security platform
  • Seeking solutions to support immediate requirements and evolve in the future

 

There is limited space available for this complimentary event, so reserve your spot today.

What is the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018?

Consolidated Appropriations Act Releases $25 Million to fund school safety now and $33 million annually starting next year

On March 23, 2018, President Donald Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, which includes legislation that restarts the DOJ’s school safety grants program. The federal government has not issued grants for facility security since fiscal 2011.

 

This new provision will distribute $25 million to schools nationwide to purchase school security technology and equipment as well as fund emergency communications systems and other tools to help increase response capabilities among law enforcement. Starting next year, the bill will provide $33 million annually. Overall, the STOP School Violence Act included in this spending measure enables the DOJ to provide almost $1 billion to schools through the year 2028.

 

As a proud member of the SIA (Security Industry Association), IST is a big proponent of these grants. They will go a long way in helping better equip schools to deter and mitigate attacks like the one seen in Parkland, FL earlier this year.

 

SIA partnered with a number of other industry groups after the events at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 to help bring this bill to fruition. These groups include the AASA (School Superintendents Associations, the NSBA (National School Boards Association), the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) and the IACLEA (International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

 

As part of its mission to protect students, SIA also co-founded the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), which is a consortium of school security experts that developed special threat- and income-based guidelines for K-12 schools at http://passk12.org/toolkits/.