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5 Common Issues to be on the Lookout for During an Internal Chemical Audit

Posted by Matt Segal on Apr 21, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Like an unannounced visit from your in-laws, chemical regulators usually show up when you’re least prepared and often throw your whole operation into a panic.

One of the best ways to be prepared for a chemical regulatory inspection is to perform regular internal audits of your chemical inventory and chemical safety programs. Internal audits can help your team identify gaps in your processes, procedures, and inventory before they get flagged (and possibly fined) by an outside regulator. Internal audits can also uncover hazards that could lead to accidents or injuries. What's more, they can help your organization operate with greater efficiency on a day-to-day basis.

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Chemical Safety, Training, Inspections, Why Good Software Matters, Equipment

Working From Home With BioRAFT - Long Term Sustainability

Posted by Matt Segal on Apr 9, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Over the last few weeks, many research organizations have asked staff to work from home to prevent the spread of infection.

This has been a stressful transition for many people. Working from home is not only mentally taxing, it also presents a number of new challenges to actually completing your work (especially if you are in a position like EHS, where much of your work may be tied to physically interacting with research and physical spaces).

On a more positive note, these changes have highlighted opportunities for organizations to adapt the way they work and offer more flexible arrangements over the long haul.

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Chemical Safety, Training, Inspections, Why Good Software Matters, Equipment, Biological Safety, Radiation Safety

Working From Home With BioRAFT - Shutting Down and Ramping Up

Posted by Matt Segal on Apr 3, 2020 9:30:00 AM

As the novel coronavirus outbreak grows, many EHS teams are closing down non-essential labs and working from home to reduce the spread of infection. At the same time, these EHS teams are also preparing to support some essential scientists to ramp up research related to COVID-19.

Across the world, BioRAFT is supporting EHS teams as they adjust to these new demands.

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Chemical Safety, Training, Inspections, Why Good Software Matters, Equipment, Biological Safety, Radiation Safety

Loss Control 101

Posted by Matt Segal on Feb 10, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Unexpected events such as a fire or employee injury can happen at any time.

But what surprises many people is how often these events occur. A claims analysis from The Hartford found that 40% of businesses will incur a property or liability loss within the next 10 years. Thefts, fires, vehicle accidents, injuries, product liability, and reputational harm are among the most common types of insurance claims.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent these kinds of situations from happening in the first place. By implementing proven loss control strategies, research organizations can manage risk, avoid accidents and injuries, and even reduce claims and insurance premiums.

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Chemical Safety, Training, Inspections, Why Good Software Matters, Equipment

Safely Reduce Safety Costs Part 2 – The Best Ways to Save on Safety

Posted by Matt Segal on Sep 9, 2019 8:36:28 AM

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at some of the potential problems and risks of trying to reduce your safety costs.

We saw that cutting costs is a tricky thing to get right, and there are a lot of ways to make mistakes that can cost your institution big time.

That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, though. In most safety programs, there are plenty of opportunities to save money without sacrificing safety — if you know where to look.

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Training, Inspections, Why Good Software Matters

Safely Reduce Safety Costs Part 1 - 3 Dangers of Low Safety Budgets

Posted by Matt Segal on Aug 28, 2019 10:20:56 AM

Institutions are changing how they allocate budget. For many safety programs, that means one thing:

It’s time to sink or swim.

Upper management is increasingly requesting that you demonstrate not only how much value you add to your research program, but also what steps you’re taking to stay efficient.

So what’s changed here? University leaders are realizing that they can no longer simply hike tuition to cover rising costs, and they’re looking for new places for revenue generation. Unfortunately, they often turn their eyes to their research safety programs.

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Training, Inspections, Why Good Software Matters

Scaling-up Safety Part 2 – 4 Strategies for Sustainable Solutions

Posted by Matt Segal on Aug 14, 2019 2:08:37 PM

Congratulations, your biotech startup (or accelerator) is finally taking off! Perhaps you've hired more researchers, increased your research space, or secured an additional round of funding. 

Now is the best time to start thinking about how your safety and loss control programs will scale as well. Believe us when we say it can be a real nightmare to untangle if you leave it unaddressed for too long.

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at some of the challenges you can expect to face as you grow, as well as some signs that you’ve outgrown your safety consultant. 

The question now is: how do you effectively manage safety, keep costs down, and prevent administrative burden from keeping you away from the activities that make you profitable?

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Chemical Safety, Training, Inspections, Why Good Software Matters, Equipment, Biological Safety, Radiation Safety

Scaling-up Safety Part 1 - Have you Outgrown your Safety Consultants?

Posted by Matt Segal on Jul 22, 2019 11:00:00 AM

When you're first starting out, safety consultants are often a great solution to manage risk and compliance while still operating on lean margins. 

Offloading these tasks can allow you to focus your resources on progressing research and securing funding without sacrificing safety. 

But for many biotech companies, there comes a point where entirely outsourcing safety no longer makes sense. The big question: when does this point occur? In this article, we’ll provide you with some guiding thoughts to help you find an answer. In Part 2, we discuss sustainable solutions for scaling.

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Chemical Safety, Training, Inspections, Why Good Software Matters, Equipment, Biological Safety, Radiation Safety

Beyond Training: The Profile of a Modern Training Program

Posted by Matt Segal on Jul 15, 2019 1:49:18 PM

Last year alone, organizations in the U.S. invested $87.6 billion in employee training. The majority of those funds were devoted to authoring and delivering training content. 

Yet, that’s just one aspect of an effective training program. 

In the same way that a doctor would (or at least, should) never prescribe you medication without a thorough understanding of your personal history and symptoms, an effective training program requires much more than blindly assigning coursework. A modern training program should help you understand the challenges your organization faces and the solutions available to meet them.

So what does a modern training program look like, and how do you achieve it? Let’s take a closer look. 

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Topics: Training, Why Good Software Matters

5 Common Questions From Chemical Regulators (and How to Address Them)

Posted by Matt Segal on Jun 17, 2019 8:45:00 AM

Few things make your heart race and your palms sweat quite like the arrival of a regulator at your organization. What's even more nerve-wracking is that it usually happens when you're least expecting it.

While you don’t necessarily know when your next audit will be or what questions a regulator will ask, there are a few things you can do to make sure you’re prepared.

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Topics: Chemical Safety, Training, Inspections, Why Good Software Matters

Neglecting Lab Safety & Training: A Risk Not Worth Taking

Posted by Matt Segal on Jan 24, 2019 10:40:03 AM

In science, some risks are worth the rewards — like the risk of trying a bold, new approach to a problem. These risks can lead to great discoveries and improve the lives of those around us.

Other risks are not worth taking — like the risk of neglecting safety and, specifically, the risk of neglecting proper priorities, practices, and training.

Ignoring these basic principles can have serious consequences for your researchers and your organization as a whole. But fixing them is no simple task.

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Training, Inspections

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