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Keep Your Team Safe

by Kelli 1. April 2014 11:06
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According to recent statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, otherwise known as OSHA, 2 million working Americans become the victims of workplace violence each year. Because of this, workplace security has emerged as a key concern for both businesses and employees in recent years. 

More and more companies across the country, no matter their size, have been shifting more focus and attention to what they can do to reduce the possibility that employees will become victims of workplace violence. One of the most crucial steps businesses can take to ensure their employees are kept safe is to secure the building both inside and out. 

Prevention is a much better alternative to waiting to react until after a violent incident occurs in your building. Restricting door access for building entry and admittance into various areas and rooms is a great way to protect both your team members and your company assets. 

Not only will requiring the use of photo ID badges restrict building access for your employees, it also provides a simple form of visual identification so fellow employees can be easily identified. Requiring all visitors to sign in with a team member as a visitor immediately upon entry into the building is another great way for employees to know who belongs in the building. 

IDville is a great resource for any and all of your company’s identification needs. With solutions for your photo ID badgesvisitor management and simple and stylish ways to display ID badges, you’re sure to find something perfect for you!

These two simplistic preventative measures allow employees to quickly identify who should or shouldn’t be in the building, given that everyone who belongs should be wearing their ID badges or visitor tags. Safeguarding your team from any possible threats of violence is a huge responsibility. And we assure you, the minimal cost of your photo ID system or visitor management tool is well worth the peace of mind.  

Celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week March 4-10

by david 5. March 2012 14:55
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Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for healthcare safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Hospitals and healthcare organizations are invited to participate in campaign by planning events to inform healthcare professionals and consumers on safety issues and medical errors, a critical issue in our healthcare system. 

According to the NPSF, 85% of Americans personally know someone who has been a victim of medical error. Participation in Patient Safety Awareness Week can improve education and awareness about patient safety and help reduce this staggering statistic.

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Practice "safety first" during Patient Safety Awareness Week!

Celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week this week with one of the NPSF’s many suggested activities:

- Start an award program to recognize patient safety practices. We recommend our sister company, Baudville, for safety lapel pins and awards.
- Host a patient safety fair to play fun and educational games.
- Utilize the many informative materials provided by NPSF, such as videos, podcasts, and more, on the topic of patient safety.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about patient safety.
- Chat with hashtag #PSAW2012 on Twitter to share patient safety tips.

For a complete listing of activity ideas, visit the NPSF website.

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David is an IDville Identification Specialist with over seven years product and sales experience.  Around IDville, David is known for his new product ideas, sports knowledge, and experience as a catalog model (you may have seen him in a previous IDville catalog!).

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Promote Safety During National Safety Month

by todd 15. June 2011 10:00
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When it comes to your people, nothing’s more important than their safety. Safety policies and procedures make staff feel comfortable coming to work and end up saving the company time, money, and headaches. Since June is National Safety Month, now is a great time to review your safety policies and consider how you can improve upon them.

To promote safety in your organization, we’ve put together a few suggestions that will keep safety in the forefront of every employee’s mind.

Actively Communicate about Safety. Maintaining active communication about your safety goals and progress is imperative to keeping safety front of mind for your entire team. Create and post office signs around the building which state your safety goals and give status updates of your progress. To communicate with the entire organization, add a section to your company newsletter or intranet to share safety updates. 

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Promote Safety Daily. Keep safety in front of your staff – literally. Equip each employee with a safety themed lanyard or safety badge reels to attach to their ID card. The “Safety First” messages on these ID card accessories will constantly remind employees of the organization’s number one priority: keeping them safe. If you have a special safety program slogan, create your own custom lanyards or custom badge reels.
 
Reward Team Safety. Keep your teams striving to create a safe environment by rewarding their efforts. Celebrate the achievement of safety goals and the innovation of new safety procedures as a team. At a regular team meeting, review the goals and give employees a small safety themed lapel pin or company logo gift. The positive reinforcement will have the entire team striving to repeat or improve their achievement.

Make safety front of mind for employees, and you’ll create a safety-conscious culture that is bound to lead to increased productivity and employee engagement!

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Todd is an identification expert at IDville with over seven years experience. Around IDville, Todd is known for his excessive coffee drinking, beautiful daughters, and impressive ping pong skills. 

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National Safety Month is a Great Opportunity to Refresh ID Cards

by david 7. June 2011 09:45
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If you read last week’s post, you know that June is National Safety Month. All this month, we’ll be sharing tips and ideas that can make your organization a safer place.

National Safety Month was established in 1996 by the National Safety Council to increase public awareness of safety and health risks in workplaces, homes, and communities. This month is a prime opportunity to bring safety to the forefront of your organization and establish its value as a great workplace.

Create your own Employee ID CardsJune is an excellent time to refresh your workforce on company safety procedures. Begin Safety Month with a reminder of your identification policy. Going over the policy is certain to get everyone on the same page when it comes to proper use and display of their ID cards.

Don’t have an identification policy? Make a resolution to create one. Identification in the workplace improves safety by providing a visual identifier of individuals in the building. This makes it easier to identify who do and does not belong in the building. Thanks to identification software and easy-to-use photo ID card systems, you can create the identification policy that will have the greatest impact on safety for your organization. 

Safety Month is a great opportunity to update staff ID card pictures, too. At staff meetings, have your digital camera ready and offer “picture-retakes” for anyone interested. Employees will be more likely to wear their ID when they are happy with their picture. Hand out new lanyards or badge reels to everyone to encourage them to regularly sport their new ID cards.

Safety is an essential piece to creating a work environment where employees look forward to coming to work. When you create a safety-conscious culture at your organization, employees will thank you with increased productivity and engagement.

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David is an IDville Identification Specialist with over seven years product and sales experience.  Around IDville, David is known for his new product ideas, sports knowledge, and experience as a catalog model (you may have seen him in a previous IDville catalog!).

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Top 10 Workplace Safety Tips for National Safety Month

by david 24. May 2011 07:54
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June is National Safety Month, and previous Identify Newsletters on the subject have recommended you take the month of June to refocus your safety efforts. This year, make it a goal to implement all of our top ten safety tips before the end of the month to help you create and maintain a safe environment for your employees.

1. Create a safety team. Form a team of employees who are enthusiastic about safety, and give them first aid, CPR, and fire prevention training.

2. Wear your ID card. When employees wear their ID cards, it’s easier to spot visitors and know if employees are in the correct location. Encourage all employees to wear their ID cards when in the building by giving them the proper ID card accessories.

3. Have a fire drill. When was the last time you had a fire drill at your organization? Schedule a fire drill for your entire organization to ensure employees know how to safely exit the building and where to meet once outside. Practice for inclement weather, such as tornados, too.

4. Choose breakaway lanyards. The release on breakaway lanyards is an added safety feature that protects the individual wearing the lanyard. If the lanyard were to be caught in a piece of machinery or wrapped around the individual’s neck, the lanyard would release and prevent injury.

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5. Create an emergency communication system. Preparing for the worst is the best way to ensure the safety of your employees in an emergency. Create a communication system that you can use throughout your building if you were to have a safety breach or inclement weather. Test the system periodically to make sure it is in working order.

6. Implement a visitor management system. Part of creating a safe work environment is knowing who is in your building. A visitor management system tracks visitors and supplies them with an ID badge to wear while in the building.

7. Safeguard employee ID card information. If your employee ID cards have RFID chips in them, protect against identity theft with an RFID Secure badge holder. The holder blocks RFID signals and will ensure employee and company information isn’t stolen.

8. Don’t stand on swivel chairs. Train employees how to properly use equipment around the office and provide any tools they may need to safely do a job. For instance, you may need to purchase a step stool to help employees safely reach items on high shelves.

9. Restrict access to your building. Proximity ID cards sync with your access control system and only allows authorized individuals into your building. This is a simple way to protect your staff from any outside threats.

10. Reward great safety records. An effective way to improve safety in your organization is to reward safe behaviors. Recognize teams and individuals who have outstanding safety records and accomplishments with lapel pins or employee awards from Baudville, our sister company.

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David is an IDville Identification Specialist with over seven years product and sales experience.  Around IDville, David is known for his new product ideas, sports knowledge and experience as a catalog model (you may have seen him in a previous IDville catalog!).

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June is Safety Month…Have You Reevaluated your Safety Strategy?

by todd 23. June 2010 11:02
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Each June, the National Safety Council encourages businesses to pay special attention to safety issues at their organization during National Safety Month. I agree that it’s important to look at your organization’s safety strategy on a regular basis. It’s easy to set and implement a strategy and never reexamine it as long as no major issues arise.

However, getting complacent in your safety strategy can lead to oversights occurring at your organization.

For example, have you looked at your visitor management policy lately? How are visitors admitted to your building? Are they identified at all?

What about employees? At what stage in the onboarding process do new employees receive ID cards? How are they identified around the building before that?

Identifying the people in your facility is a key component to maintaining a safe and secure workplace for your employees, staff or students. Implementing a photo ID card policy as part of your safety strategy can be critical to ensuring you permit the correct people into your building.

If you’d like to reevaluate your safety strategy, we have a free resource in our Knowledge Center to get you started in the process. Read and apply our Workplace Security Audit Checklist as part of your observance of Safety Month!

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