National Safety Month Starts June 1, 2018!

Take a moment to get your workforce involved and engaged in National Safety Month this June!

The thing about accidents is they don’t just happen in the workplace – they often occur while at home, behind the wheel, and everywhere in between. That’s why the National Safety Council (NSC) has claimed June as National Safety Month. They want to focus on reducing the leading cause of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities. But they need your help.

How do you participate in National Safety Month?

Throughout the entire month of June, NSC will highlight a different safety topic each week and provide additional material and resources for each. With hopes to No 1 Gets Hurt, each week will focus on:

  • Week 1: Emergency Preparedness 

Emergency preparedness is essential – especially this time of year. Not only do about 1,200 tornadoes strike each year in the United States but per NSC, more than half of these workers are not trained on first aid, CPR.

Create an emergency preparedness plan in the workplace and encourage your workers to create one at home, as well. With emergency preparedness poster packs and meeting kits you can inform and educate your workers to understand the importance and create a plan.

  • Week 2: Wellness

Now is a good time to focus on the wellbeing of your employees. Make their heath just an important as their safety by creating a wellness program or providing educational material, displaying safety posters, and giving incentives to motivate them.

Additionally, per NSC 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder and could be making unsafe choices. Encourage your workers to make their health and wellness a priority and to watch out for fatigue with safety posters.

  • Week 3: Falls

Year-after-year, fall protection violations continue to appear on OSHA’s Top 10 Violation list. Falls are the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for all ages and the number one cause of death in people 65 and older. But falls are not limited to just the workplace.

Slips, trips, and falls can happen anywhere and National Safety Week outlines simple steps to help prevent falls both at home and in your community.

  • Week 4: Driving

Driving alone can be dangerous but when you add distractions to the mix, that’s just an accident waiting to happen. Consider motivating your workers to drive distracted-free with eye capturing safety posters, educational material, and using the additional resources available during week 4 of National Safety Week.

National Safety Week reminds everyone that seat belts saved nearly 15,000 people in 2016. Buckle up every ride and drive without any distractions.

Safety starts with you!

Once you’ve completed week 4, you can take the pledge to be safe at work and showcase your commitment to safety for all to see.  Do your part to encourage more safe practices in the workplace, on the road, and at home by participating in National Safety Week!

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