The month of June is National Safety Month. The observation is as crucial as ever as according to the latest fatality statistics from OSHA, the United States reported 5,333 fatal workplace injuries in 2019, the highest number since 2007.
Here are some ways to observe National Safety Month in the workplace:
- Host a toolbox talk or safety meeting and encourage discussions about safety in the workplace.
- Find positive ways to recognize safety-related accomplishments such as a shoutout or a reward.
- Post National Safety Month Free Materials from the NSC in a common area in bulletin board
- Encourage reporting of hazards.
- Offer a CPR or safety class relevant to your workplace.
- Take time to clean your workplace and free areas of obstructions.
- Conduct tool inspections
- Encourage employees to use personal protective equipment when needed and make it readily available to them.
These tips can be the foundation of a safer workplace or help improve an already existing safety program! Remember, safety is a journey, not a destination.
In addition, the NSC will be observing the following weekly topics this year:
- Week 1 – Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)
- Week 2 – Workplace Impairment
- Week 3 – Injury Prevention
- Week 4 – Slips, Trips and Falls
Organizations that have resources for National Safety Month