The National Safety Council (NSC) in1996 designated the month of June as National Safety Month in the U.S. The goal was specifically designed during the summer months as a way to boost the public’s consciousness of the top safety and health risks, that data shows are heightened in the summer months. This effort was intended to bring awareness to reduce the number of injuries and deaths at homes and the workplaces.
“Safety work is today recognized as an economic necessity. It is the study of the right way to do things." – Robert W. Campbell, first president of the National Safety Council
This year’s weekly topics highlighted during National Safety Month:
Week 1 - Musculoskeletal Disorders: MSDs are a leading cause of workplace injury and cost employers billions of dollars each year in workers' compensation and lost productivity.
Week 2 - Workplace Impairment: We know the dangers of substance abuse and how harmful it is on the job. But did you know mental anguish, tension, and fatigue are also impairing?
Week 3 - Injury Prevention: In 2020 statistics show, more than four million workplace injuries required medical attention.
Week 4 - Slips, Trips, and Falls: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slips, trips, and falls make up the majority of general industry accidents.
What Can We Do To Honor National Safety Month?
Prepare for Emergency Conditions
To prepare for any emergency, an employer should know what steps to follow. These steps should be written in the company’s Emergency Action Plan. Practice things like HAZMAT and or fire drills with refresher training.
Plan A Safety Stand Down Event
You can teach about safety by having a cookout with a training element. This relaxed atmosphere opens the lines of communication where you can talk about safety practices to help everyone get on the same page.
National Safety Month can help you evaluate the best safety practices before accidents happen. Take the time to examine things that may get lost in the shuffle like safety supplies in your first aid kit. Refill them now because it’s too late to refill it when you need it. Although June is the month where safety is highlighted, this should be a focus and priority 365 days of the year.
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