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BROWZ Joins UN Global Compact
Draper, Utah – April 3, 2013 — BROWZ announced today that it has joined the United Nations (UN) Global Compact. Established in 2000, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative with more than 10,000 participating corporations across 145 countries.
As a participating member, BROWZ has committed to continue to align its business operations with the ten principles of the UN Global Compact. These include: human rights, labor, prevention of underage working, environmental awareness, and transparency in business practice.
“As we continue to experience rapid global expansion, whether supporting our clients domestically or internationally, applying the international standards outlined in the UN Global Compact signifies our commitment to both global business and our clients in the ongoing support of their supply chains,” says Mark Bryant, Director of International Business Development for BROWZ. “BROWZ provides a collaborative approach to supply chain management and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) while integrating our audit programmes with our clients’ existing business practices. Adhering to these principles creates better workplace conditions around the world."
“BROWZ has always recognized the important principles of corporate responsibility, both within our own business operations and in support of our clients in their efforts to maintain high standards across their supply chains,” says Elaine Beitler, CEO of BROWZ. “Over the last year we’ve increased our international operations substantially, and joining the UN Global Compact reflects our commitment to the global community and our resolve to support improved business practices around the world.”
ABOUT BROWZ LLC: BROWZ is the leading solution for comprehensive supply chain risk mitigation. Its fully configurable solution simplifies the exchange, verification, and maintenance of critical data between clients and their supply chain, while adapting to the clients’ unique business needs. Delivered as a “software as a service” (SaaS) solution, BROWZ functions as a central, web-based data repository for all supply chain prequalification and compliance information and is available 24/7 and in multiple languages anywhere around the world. Through a combination of compliance best practices, technology, and service, BROWZ addresses supply chain compliance needs related to insurance and risk, environmental health & safety, corporate social responsibility, financial stability, supplier demographics, employee level management, security, and much more.
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DRAPER, Utah, March 20, 2013 – BROWZ LLC announces the immediate availability of BROWZ Training Center, a web-based learning management system which integrates directly with BROWZ. This new offering will eliminate the labor intensive tasks associated with providing classroom-style training to contractors at the employee level by delivering training through the web.
BROWZ Training Center is a robust learning management system which can be configured to meet the specific training requirements of BROWZ clients. Training Center allows BROWZ to provide critical orientation and safety training to contractors before they arrive onsite. Training Center supports multiple languages allowing the contractor to complete the training in their native language. Training history and pass/fail scores are stored in BROWZ to validate the completion of training requirements.
“Employee level management is a growing need for our clients, and we are very excited to add Training Center to our expanding, innovative suite of products,” says Elaine Beitler, CEO of BROWZ. “This new offering complements our existing prequalification and compliance solutions while providing further transparency at the supplier and workforce level. This transparency will ultimately result in our client’s ability to make better informed decisions for their business and mitigate risk within their supply chain.”
Training Center is an add-on to BROWZ’s industry leading prequalification and compliance programs. The offering is part of a growing focus on employee level transparency. BROWZ also provides employee level compliance, attendance and time tracking, and integration with point-of-entry security systems. For more information regarding Training Center, contact BROWZ at 877.392.7699 or visit www.browz.com/trainingcenter.
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2012 Mining Fatalities, Second Lowest on Record
Preliminary data for 2012 show that 36 miners died in work-related accidents at the nation's mines in 2012 - the second-lowest number of fatalities on record, one more than the 2009 historic low of 35. From January 1 to December 31, 2012, 19 coal miners and 17 metal/nonmetal miners died in work-related accidents.
Seven miners died in West Virginia, five in Kentucky, three each in New York and Alabama, two each in Montana and Florida, and one each in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia.
The leading cause of fatalities in the U.S. mining industry during 2012 was powered haulage, which claimed the lives of 10 miners. Other leading causes included machinery accidents, which killed six, slip or fall of person accidents, which also claimed six lives, and rib falls, which killed three miners.
Mark Bryant Presenting at CBI in Mumbai, India
Mark Bryant, director of international business development at BROWZ, will be presenting on “Utilizing Technology to Mitigate Supply Chain Risk” at the upcoming Cement Business & Industry (CBI) conference in Mumbai, India, October, 10-11, 2012 His presentation will include topics such as supply chain identification, program implementation, program requirements, various safety measurements/statistics that could be measured, corporate social responsibility, brand equity, and the potential results after implementation.
Mr. Bryant manages international business development for BROWZ from the London office. Previously, he handled development in the United States before being promoted to his current role. Prior to joining BROWZ, Mr. Bryant worked in commercial real estate redevelopment, finance and investments. He earned his Master Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles.
For more information about CBI India, visit: http://www.gmiforum.com
BROWZ Announces New Partner
Draper, Utah – Monday, September 17, 2012 — We are pleased to announce that BROWZ, the leading provider of contractor compliance management solutions in the mining industry, and Predictive Compliance, the most innovative MSHA citation management and compliance analytics software system founded by renowned MSHA compliance attorney Mark Savit, have strategically aligned to provide their collective client base with enhanced access to both companies services. Under this arrangement the world’s largest mining organizations will have unprecedented access to a leading contractor compliance management solution as well as the state of the art MSHA citation management, prevention and forecasting tools.
“We are very excited about partnering with a firm that has extensive experience and respect in another field of MSHA compliance. We look forward to developing products in the future that expand both the services and software of BROWZ and Predictive Compliance,” said Aaron Rudd, BROWZ V.P. of Product Development. “Predictive Compliance is a natural complement to our patented contractor management software and support services.”
Founded in 2002, BROWZ pioneered modern compliance management solutions. First developing software modules specific to MSHA, risk, and EHS, today they are the leading provider of contractor prequalification and ongoing compliance management solutions in the mining industry. With a growing demand for contractor screening services around the globe, BROWZ supports multiple industries beyond mining which include manufacturing, chemical, energy, pharmaceuticals, cement and aggregates. Their patented technology has been localized in five languages and supported in offices around the world.
Predictive Compliance offers a unique approach to mining companies and contractors to easily automate their MSHA compliance management and more effectively allocate their resources for safer, more efficient operations. Their user friendly software allows mining organizations to upload citations as they are received, instantly calculate the predicted penalty, and show the impact that citation (and future citations) would have on compliance costs, resources and operations. In addition, Predictive Compliance assists when planning to contest a citation and provides tools to identify potential patterns of violation and quickly provide the citation data needed to respond to SEC reporting requirements.
When used in tandem, mining organizations are able to realize true risk mitigation and then implement measures to avoid such risk in the future.
If you’re interested in learning more about either of these solutions please visit www.browz.com or www.predictivecompliance.com
ABOUT BROWZ LLC: BROWZ is the global compliance solutions provider. Utilizing the industry’s only patented, cloud based software; they assist customers in designing and managing prequalification and compliance programs specific to their industry and business needs. Upon implementation BROWZ begins the gathering, review and verification of contractor data. Using intuitive software, superior service and a dedicated team of compliance professionals, BROWZ provides efficient solutions to exchange, evaluate, and manage compliance related data around the world.
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Yukon-Nevada Gold Corp Joins the BROWZ Compliance Network
Draper, Utah - Friday, June 29, 2012 -- BROWZ is pleased to announce the addition of Yukon-Nevada Gold Corp to the BROWZ Global Compliance Network.
In keeping with best practices in the minining industry, BROWZ will offer prequalifation and ongoing contractor compliance services to Yukon-Nevada Gold Corp and the contractors they employ.
Yukon-Nevada Gold Corp. (TSX:YNG & Frankfurt:NG6) is a North American gold company in the business of discovering and developing gold deposits. The Company holds a diverse portfolio of gold, silver, zinc and copper properties in the Yukon Territory and British Columbia in Canada and in Nevada in the United States.
"As the premier provider of compliance related services in the mining industry, we are pleased to have been selected by Queenstake, Yukon-Nevada Gold to support their commitment to safety in the workplace," said Elaine Beitler, BROWZ CEO. "We look forward to working with Yukon-Nevada Gold's contractor and supplier populations. Compliance standards not only improve the quality of life in the workplace, but it strengthens business relationships. We are fortunate to have such outstanding customers who are truly committed to superior workplace practices."
For more information about Yukon-Nevada Gold Corp, please visit their website at http://www.yukon-nevadagold.com/.
ABOUT BROWZ LLC: BROWZ is the global compliance solutions provider. Utilizing the industries only patented, cloud based software, they assist customers in designing and managing prequalification and compliance programs specific to their industry and business needs. Upon implementation BROWZ begins the gathering, review and verification of contractor data. Using intuitive software, superior service and a dedicated team of compliance professionals, BROWZ provides efficient solutions to exchange, evaluate, and manage compliance related data around the world.
For more information, visit us at www.browz.com
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BROWZ Operations Supervisor Awarded U.S. Patriot Award
BROWZ, LLC and their Operations Supervisor, Dennis Robinson have been recognized and awarded the U.S. Patriot Award for outstanding support of the U.S. Guard and Military Reserve.
The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (NSGR) conducts and awards this distinction in an effort to recognize employers who support a strong National Guard and Reserve force. Employers qualify for recognition when they practice leadership and personnel policies that support employee participation in the Guard and Reserve.
Mr. Robinson was nominated for the award by Kelly Jo Doll, a BROWZ employee and member of the Military Reserve who has recently received the support of Mr. Robinson as she continues to fulfill her military assignments. The award was presented by Kim Watts, Executive Director for the Utah Committee for the NSGR.
As a proponent of Social Responsibility, BROWZ recognizes all branches of the military and their role in supporting freedom and the human rights of all men and women. BROWZ is pleased to have a member of their management team recognized for his efforts to support such a noble cause.
In a continuing effort to support Social Responsibility BROWZ remains committed to providing programs that support safety in the workplace and a protection of human rights around the globe.
ABOUT BROWZ LLC:
BROWZ is a global compliance solution provider, utilizing patented, cloud based software to assist customers in designing prequalification and compliance programs specific to their industry and business needs. Upon implementation BROWZ begins the gathering, review and verification of contractor data. With its intuitive software solutions and a dedicated team of safety professionals, BROWZ provides an efficient means to exchange, evaluate, and manage compliance data.
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OSHA - Features Safety and Health Information on Winter Storm Hazards
Winter storms create a variety of hazards and can have lingering impacts on everyday tasks and work activities. According to the National Weather Service, about 70 percent of injuries during winter storms result from vehicle accidents, and about 25 percent of injuries result from being caught out in the storm. Learning about how to prepare for a winter storm and avoid hazards when one occurs will help keep you safe during the winter season.
Global Compliance Leader, Browz Awarded US Patent For Compliance Software
BROWZ, LLC- a leader in compliance management solutions has been awarded a patent by the
US Federal government, Patent No. 8055528, for its revolutionary, industry leading compliance
management and business risk calculation software. Unlike other providers, this patented
software manages each company’s unique view of business compliance and ensures the risk of
non-compliance is calculated and measured with accuracy, reliability and consistency. This
achievement comes at a time of unprecedented growth for BROWZ as they expand their global
product line and introduce new functionality.
As compliance has become a global issue, BROWZ has been at the forefront of providing
solutions to meet complex regulatory and risk management challenges faced by many
industries. Beginning in 2006, BROWZ was early to implement multi-lingual solutions to their
global clients. In 2011 BROWZ made significant advances in enhancing this software to ensure
that their clients receive the best solutions today and into the future. Receiving this recent
patent is a further example of BROWZ’ continued commitment to global compliance solutions.
“In an increasingly competitive marketplace, the recognition of the US Patent office clearly
demonstrates BROWZ’ dedication to investing in flexible and robust software solutions, and
clearly differentiates us from our competitors” said Elaine Beitler, CEO. “Our patented BROWZ
software and superior service teams are consistently recognized by contractors and clients as
the premier compliance solution.”
In the coming weeks BROWZ expects to introduce to its customer base, new functionality that
will further improve client and contractor communication and simplify the compliance process.
Further details will be announced upon release.
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Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis
"An average 12 workers die on the job every day, and that reality continues to drive the work of the Labor Department. When the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed in 1970, the National Safety Council estimated that 14,000 workers died each year on the job.
Changes to HSE incident reporting and information services come into effect (UK)
Businesses are being reminded about new incident reporting arrangements being introduced from today (Monday 12 September).
Only fatal and major injuries and incidents will be able to be reported by phone to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), with all other work-related injuries and incidents reportable under RIDDOR (see notes to editors) to be reported via one of a suite of seven online forms available on HSE's website.
EU-OSHA launches landmark project to facilitate risk assessment in Europe’s small enterprises (EU)
“Experience shows that proper risk assessment is the key to healthy workplaces,” explains Dr Jukka Takala, Director of EU-OSHA.
BROWZ Web Site Now Available to Visitors in French, German, Spanish, English
Draper, Utah - Wednesday, August 30, 2011. Browz, LLC, a leader in online compliance support, introduces an enhanced web portal to support its ever-expanding global presence. The BROWZ web site now is available in French, German and Spanish, as well as the original English.
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RIDDOR Reporting Period Extension Gets The green Light (UK)
The reporting period for injuries sustained at work is to be extended from three to seven days, following analysis of responses to the consultation on RIDDOR carried out earlier this year.
At a meeting of the HSE Board today (17 August), it was decided to recommend to the Work and Pensions Secretary that the proposed change to reg.3(2) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 be carried into effect. The decision was based on 776 finalised responses to the consultation – held between February and May this year – among which there was a two-to-one majority in favour of the change.
According to the HSE, a majority of respondents felt the change would not have an adverse consequence on national statistics. Other positive key themes identified from the consultation were that admin burdens will be reduced; aligning the reporting period with that required under the new fit-note system will make sickness absence easier to manage; and the extended period will allow more time for employers to investigate the incident internally.
OSHA's Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers (US)
HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. These illnesses and deaths are preventable.
This webpage is part of OSHA’s nationwide outreach campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about the hazards of working outdoors in hot weather. The educational resources on this website give workers and employers information about heat illnesses and how to prevent them. There are also training tools for employers to use and posters to display at their worksites. Many of the new resources target vulnerable workers with limited reading skills or who do not speak English as a first language. OSHA will continue to add information and tools to this page throughout the summer.
Browz Welcomes Rio Tinto Alcan
Browz is pleased to announce that Rio
Tinto Alcan has joined the Browz Compliance Network. Built on more than acentury of experience and expertise, Rio Tinto Alcan is a global leader in the aluminium industry. Rio Tinto Alcan supplies high quality bauxite, alumina and aluminium worldwide and their AP smelting technology is the industry benchmark. Their enviable hydroelectric power position delivers significant competitive advantages in today’s carbon-constrained world.
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BROWZ training programs are conveniently scheduled to bring participants up to speed on the Compliance Center and general system navigation.
BROWZ Announces New Branding and an Updated Online Presence
Draper, Utah- Tuesday, May 3, 2011 — BROWZ, LLC, a leader in online compliance support, is introducing new branding and a new web portal. The new brand positioning, "keeping compliance in check" and its distinctive check-mark logo, focus on the company's overarching mission and support its commitment to continuous improvement and a growing global presence. The new website has been updated to better meet the needs of the growing BROWZ network, with messaging specific to contractors, suppliers and the clients they serve.
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BROWZ Releases New Software Enhancement, BROWZ Compliance Center
Draper, Utah, Wednesday, April 6, 2011 — BROWZ, LLC, a leader in online compliance support, introduces the BROWZ Compliance Center, an enhancement and rebranding of the existing BROWZ Report. This enhanced functionality makes it possible for network members to view their compliance status online, along with any outstanding compliance requirements. With the BROWZ Compliance Center suppliers and contractors will have the ability to view the same icons and statuses as are available to their clients.
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Contractor Liability and Risk Management Solutions
By Adele Abrams
Legal liability, arising from activities of third parties at a worksite, is one of the most difficult risk exposures to address and properly manage. Unless contractors are prequalified, trained, and proper coordination of safety activities is ensured, a company can face civil penalties from government safety agencies, tort liability arising from personal injury or wrongful death claims, and even criminal prosecution of company supervisors and upper management. In short, contractors may be the weakest link in the safety chain and it is critical to forge a partnership with those contractors and subcontractors who endeavor to perform work at a company’s facilities.
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Construction Deaths Rise as Cuts are Ushered In
The number of deaths in the construction industry rose by around 15 percent last year, fuelling concerns that the cost-cutting measures being implemented by the HSE will reverse the downward trend of recent years.
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OSHA Issues Document to Help Small Businesses Comply with Cranes and Derricks Rule
WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued the Small Entity Compliance Guide for Cranes and Derricks in Construction to help businesses comply with the recently published Cranes and Derricks in Construction rule.
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OSHA Timeline Highlights 40 Years of Healthier Workers, Safer Workplaces and a Stronger America
WASHINGTON – An interactive timeline commemorating 40 years of progress protecting the safety and health of working men and women illustrates milestones from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its state partners' efforts to reduce injuries, illnesses and deaths.
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Competence Standards for Health and Safety Regulators to be Piloted
The drive towards greater competence in the provision of health and safety services has accelerated with the launch of a new pilot programme to implement a set of agreed standards for regulators.
Read more at SHPOnline.co.uk
In Effort to Prevent Fatalities, MSHA Issues Alert to Mining Community. Mine Deaths are not Inevitable, Says Agency Head
ARLINGTON, Va. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration today issued a fatality alert to the mining community profiling the causes of and circumstances surrounding the 71 fatal accidents that occurred last year.
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Government of Canada Takes Further Action to Protect Canadians under the Chemicals Management Plan
OTTAWA -- On January 8, 2011, the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, and the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, released draft screening assessment reports for Batch 12 of the Chemicals Management Plan's Challenge Initiative.
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