Safety - Plain and Simple

We can help you meet compliance requirements and keep your employees safe.
what are your concerns?
  • Do you worry about an employee being injured?
  • Are you concerned about meeting safety regulatory compliance?
  • Are you trying to increase employee responsibility and ownership for safety?
how can we help?

Dimensions provides safety services, safety consultation and safety support to ensure that your safety needs are met. We start by assessing your current situation and then make recommendations to address any gaps to enhance your program strengths.

We can assist, whether you:

  • Need safety program review and/or development
  • Establish a safety management system to increase employee involvement and
    responsibility.
  • Develop an integrated management system by focusing on safety and health as
    key performance indicators to transform organizational culture.
how we do it
safety training

We can train on the following topics, and more:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control
  • Chemical Safety
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Ergonomic Awareness
  • Healthy Back Program
  • Forklift Training
  • Hazard Communication and Safety Data Sheets
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Courses
  • Personal Protective Equipment Assessments and Certifications
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Management Safety Roles and Responsibilities
  • Spill Team 24 hour, annual 8 hour and seminars
  • AED, First Aid, CPR
policy development & programs

We provide support and policy development for ongoing programs and initiatives, including:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan
  • Biosafety Plans
  • Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Ergonomic Assessments
  • Hazard Communication
  • Industrial Hygiene Services
  • Injury Reporting and Accident/Incident Procedures
  • Job Hazard Analysis
  • Laboratory Safety/Chemical Hygiene
  • Lockout/Tagout and Assistance with Specific Equipment Procedures
  • OSHA Recordkeeping
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Respiratory Protection, Fit Testing and Medical Clearance
  • Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)
audits and inspections

Safety audits and inspections identify hazards, potential risk factors and other safety issues to ensure a safe and healthy workplace as well as prevent injuries. Policies are usually also reviewed with suggestions for improvements to ensure that the strategies are appropriate and meet the company’s goals.

Just having an outside pair of eyes with a different perspective is beneficial!

In addition to the facility walkthrough, safety inspections often include interviews and/or a safety culture assessment, all of which add valuable information on the status of your program and gaps to address.

safety & health management systems (SHMS)
SHMS takes your safety program to the next level by engaging all staff in your safety program. For a successful program, safety has to be everyone’s responsibility. Dimensions offers expertise and guidance in establishing an effective SHMS. We start by conducting a complete safety culture assessment to identify gaps, make recommendations, and can help to close the gaps.
industrial hygiene monitoring

Industrial hygiene is the science and art of

  • Anticipating,
  • Recognizing,
  • Evaluating,
  • Preventing and
  • Controlling workplace conditions that may cause employee injury or illness.

The focus is on workplace safety hazards or stressors that impact employee safety and well-being, and which also impact productivity and profits.

Examples of potential IH initiatives include:

  • Noise area sampling and eight-hour personal monitoring
  • Chemical monitoring, including:
    • Waste Transfer
    • Potent Compounds
    • Solvents
    • Specific OSHA standard requirements such as monitoring formaldehyde and methylene chloride, for example

Put our expert IH Team to work for you!

Dimensions’ certified industrial hygienist, safety specialists, and experienced hygiene technicians help you prevent exposures, ensure safety and health, and meet OSHA requirements.

safety staff
Dimensions provides staffing support to assist with projects or provide support on a regular basis. Our staff has the expertise and experience to assist you with your needs whether it’s for scheduled weekly hours or occasional projects. For example, our employees have been onsite to work with Safety Teams, facilitate ongoing training support, conduct and review Job Safety Analysis, complete lockout tagout procedures, and assist with Safety Data Sheet maintenance, as a few examples. Let us know and we’ll help you determine the best and most cost effective options for safety support.
safety committee support
We are available to help establish an effective Safety Committee, provide meeting support, and/or facilitate the meetings. Consultation is also available to consider the best strategies and options.
voluntary protection programs (VPP)
Interested in achieving OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)? Just ensuring that your safety program meets the criteria is beneficial. We are happy to discuss the benefits and whether VPP is right for you. We can help get your company ready, submit the OSHA application and prepare for subsequent re-evaluations. Why participate? Companies that work to achieve VPP have fewer injuries, 52% less days away from work or restricted work; reduced workers’ compensation, improved employee morale, improved public image, and a better relationship with OSHA.
human performance & behavior-based safety
People want to be productive, perform well, and be their best. Human Performance leads to sustainable behavior change. Behavior based safety is often a valued component for creating a culture of safety by forming a safety partnership between management and employees. BBS can be a positive addition to encourage safe behaviors and when combined with human performance creates a shift to increase engagement, enhance energy and productivity. Also multiple factors, influences and barriers are considered rather than focusing on behaviors alone. These initiatives often include for example, self-checks, peer observations, and pauses. There are several elements to consider depending on the current status, issues, and goals.
occupational health and safety management systems - requirements (ISO 45001)

ISO 45001 – ISO’s first standard for occupational health and safety management systems provides the requirements for implementing a management system and framework that reduces the risk of harm and ill health to employees. ISO 45001 follows in the footsteps of ISO’s other management systems approaches, such as ISO 14001 (environment) and ISO 9001 (quality). It also takes into account other International Standards in this area including OHSAS 18001. There are many reasons to consider ISO 45001 certification.

Achieving certification is a process that will create a culture of safety, involve all workers, and establish an effective health and safety management system. A few notable nuggets are:

  • Focusing on Leading Indicators Rather than Lagging Indicators
  • Collaboration and Engagement Between All Business Functions
  • Every Worker – Which Includes All Management – Has Responsibility
  • The Context of the Organization is a Key Component and Must Be Considered
  • Outsourced Processes and Contractors are Included

And, safety becomes a business strategy, a key player in achieving goals and contributing to the mission. Contact us for information on the benefits of certification and our implementation process.

AED/First Aid/CPR

An important component of any emergency action plan is an effective and appropriate response. Our experienced instructors offer excellent AED, CPR and First-Aid training that includes:

Certified instructors for:

  • American Heart Association
  • National Safety Council
  • American Safety and Health Institute

Individual manikins for all participants

Customized classes on:

  • potential injuries & illnesses at your company
  • chemical exposures from your list of chemicals
  • AED protocols, procedures and training.

Additionally, we offer:

  • Ongoing first-aid topic updates or review sessions
  • Onsite medical emergency response drills
  • First responder team development
First Aid Response Team Development

Dimensions provides expert recommendations and consultation for developing the response team and establishing first-aid response policies and protocols. A comprehensive and practical approach ensures an appropriate and timely response when the unthinkable occurs.

Periodic topic review sessions provide additional skills, practice and confidence to perform during an emergency. In addition, we work with you to plan emergency response drills to ensure adequate responses to emergencies and solidify skills learned.

Dimensions sets up scenarios, conducts drills and offers post-drill review sessions. We create realistic situations that provide your employees opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills, as well as understand where knowledge gaps may exist. This creates a realistic emotional experience that cannot be created with classroom training alone.

case studies

Ergonomic Assessment Case Study

Ergonomic issues remain one of the main causes of injuries and discomfort in the workplace, and are a leading cause of Workers’ Compensation claims. Here's some evidence.

Case Management

After an incident, Dimensions helped an organization ensure a safe and appropriate job assignment while the employee was working to return to their full-time position.

additional resources

Gender Bias Found in Bystander CPR

Findings from a new study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania indicate that women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die. Only 39 percent of women suffering cardiac arrest in a public place were given CPR versus 45 percent...

The Pay Off for Enhancing Trust and Engagement?!

Companies with highly engaged workforces realize: SAFETY:48% fewer incidents QUALITY: 41% fewer defects RETENTION: 25-65% less turnover PRODUCTIVITY: 37% less absenteeism PROFITABILITY: 147% earnings per share performance in relation to their peers...

Want to Enhance Trust? Use Safety and Wellness As The Lever

A recent survey by Price Waterhouse Coppers (PWC) found that more than half of the 1400+ CEOs interviewed believe that a lack of trust is a threat to business growth. Here’s the thing, trust is foundational for engagement and a successful business, as well as...

New Target Date For Electronic Recordkeeping

OSHA’s proposed changes to the E-Recordkeeping rule are still being revised; however, the target date for electronic injury submissions is now December 1, 2017. It’s possible that the date will be delayed again, but many businesses impacted by the rule are...

October 2017 Safety Update

First, Haz Com Changes Coming Soon: OSHA is planning to submit a proposed rule to update its Hazard Communication Standard to align it with version 7 of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. GHS is updated every two years,...

On the Horizon: OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout Standard Update

Since the 1989 LOTO Standard was adopted, technology has changed the methods for controlling hazardous energy. Therefore OSHA plans to issue a Request for Information (RFI) in April 2018 regarding potential updates to the Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) standard. Apparently...

publications

Pillars for Building a Thriving Culture

Pillars for Building a Thriving Culture

A Dimensions Exclusive

Developing a culture of safety and well-being is what drives commitment, engagement, and meaningful work. From this perspective safety, wellness and human resource development initiatives are integrated.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Safety Training

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Safety Training

By D. L. Machles

Have the participants perform, and you will have a better understanding of the actual learning that took place. Originally published in Occupational Health & Safety in June 2003.

Community of Practice

Community of Practice

A workplace safety case study

By D. Machles, E. Bonkemeyer and J. McMichael

WHEN PEOPLE THINK OF LEARNING opportunities, they often think of training or formal teaching. Most people envision instructors (or, more recently, computers) providing information or knowledge to receptive students. This model exemplifies a transmission style of teaching where the learning process is similar to playing catch with a ball.

Originally published in Professional Safety in January 2011.

Why Safety Training May Not Be the Answer

Why Safety Training May Not Be the Answer

By D. Machles

A needs assessment or gap analysis can be performed in a number of ways. You can simply ask employees why they aren’t doing what you want them to.

Originally published in Occupational Health & Safety in March 2007.

Situated Learning

Situated Learning

New approach to SH&E training focuses on learning

By D. L. Machles

Many methods used to conduct SH&E training in today’s workplace are based on a traditional transmission perspective of teaching using objective-based instructional design.

Originally published in Professional Safety in September 2003