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Safe + Sound Week 2022: August 15-21

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The rate of worker deaths and reported injuries in the United States has decreased more than 60% in the past four decades since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed in 1970, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yes, we have come a long way, but every year, more than 5000 workers are killed on the job, which equates to a rate of 14 per day, and more than 3.6 million suffer a serious job-related injury or illness.

Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held every August to recognize both the successes of workplace health and safety programs around the country and provide information and ideas on ways to keep workers safe. This year’s event is August 15-21.

Don’t have a bonafide workplace safety program quite yet? OSHA has some great resources, including a list of 10 ways to get your program started:
• Establish safety and health as a core value
• Lead by example
• Implement a reporting system
• Provide training
• Conduct inspections
• Collect hazard control ideas
• Implement hazard controls
• Address emergencies
• Seek input on workplace changes
• Make improvements to the program

Any organization can participate in Safe + Sound Week – registration is slated to open up this month.

Mr. Griffith has a received his bachelors degree in Environmental Health from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and president of Workplace Safety & Health Company. He has over 35 years of industrial hygiene, safety, loss control and consulting experience. Chemical monitoring, noise measurement, program development and management, risk assessment and computer management of health and safety data are areas of particular strength. Mr. Griffith is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) at the local and national level. He is also active in the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

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