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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.
Since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed in 1970, the rate of worker deaths and reported injuries in the United States has decreased by more than 60 percent. Even though this decrease is encouraging, we still have a long way to go to keeping our employees safe. Every year, more than 5000 workers are killed, which equates to 14 a day, and more than 3.6 million suffer serious job-related injury or illness.
Safe + Sound Week, which is August 10-16 this year, is a nationwide event that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs while offering ideas and information on how to keep workers safe. Having strong safety and health programs in place can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury, illness or death, which is a win in all categories when it comes to business success. OSHA has many resources to help your business develop a program, as well as strengthen an existing program. Check out their Safe + Sound Week resources page.
When it comes to a successful workplace health and safety environment, there must be a commitment from management leadership. When workers know safety and health are important components to the overall business success outlook, they will feel empowered to take steps to improve workplace safety.
Here are some ways management can be clear on their proactive stance and commitment to workplace safety:
• Develop and communicate a safety and health policy statement
• Provide the resources needed to implement and operate the program
• Keep safety and health on the forefront when making operational planning and decisions
• Recognize and reward safety and health contributions and achievements
• Lead by example – practice safe behaviors and make safety a part of daily conversations
• Take OSHA’s 3 in 30 Challenge
• Establish a Find and Fix program
Safe + Sound Week may be August 10-16 this year, but it’s a year-round campaign to encourage every workplace to have a safety and health program, and Workplace Safety & Health Inc. is here to help you reach that goal - 317-253-9737.
Since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed in 1970, the rate of work deaths and reported injuries in the United States has decreased more than 60 percent. Even though is this great news, there are still too many deaths and injuries in the workplace. Every year, more than 5000 workers are killed on the job – that’s still 14 a day! Also, more than 3.6 million suffer a serious job-related injury or illness.
Implementing a safety and health program at your business can not only save lives, but can help your business by reducing costs, including significant reductions in workers’ compensation premiums, increase productivity, engage workers, and enhance overall business operations. Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event that celebrates businesses who have successfully implemented safety and health programs in the workplace, and this year’s event is August 12-18.
Safe + Sound Week is a great time to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs. The annual event highlights businesses that show their commitment to safety by focusing on such initiatives as management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.
Don’t have an established safety and health program at your business or maybe it’s time to update your current program? We are a leading provider of industrial hygiene, safety, and risk management services; industrial hygiene and safety data management; and occupational safety training courses. and workplace risk management. Workplace Safety & Health Co. Inc. is helping you protect your most valuable asset – your employees. Contact us at 317-253-9737 or check out our website at www.workplace-safety.net. We look forward to working with you.
What Is Safe + Sound Week? A nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.
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