June is National Safety Month. Taking a look at the numbers, compared to 2015 there has been an almost 8 percent increase in total fatal injuries per year as of 2016, which saw 5,190 deaths. That same year also saw 849 falls, slips or trips, which was up by 49 incidents from 2015. Observed annually, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work.
June serves as a time to raise awareness about important safety issues to ultimately help reduce preventable injuries and deaths. Each week in June this year, the National Safety Council will focus on a different safety topic.
National Safety Month Weekly Topics
The safety topics of the month are broken out as follows:
Week 1: Emergency Preparedness. This week will have a focus on being prepared for accidents and emergencies, including tornado prep plans and employee training on First Aid and CPR.
Week 2: Wellness. This week focuses on 360-wellness of employees, including anyone affected by the opioid crisis or by sleep disorders.
Week 3: Falls. The third week will shine a light on how to prevent falls in the workplace. It will touch on topics like cleaning up spills and hazards immediately and how these behaviors can help reduce the yearly incident count.
Week 4: Driving. The final week of National Safety Month talks about driving and related hazards, especially for those who drive for a living. After all, seat belts saved almost 15,000 lives in 2016. It addresses tips like avoiding cell phone use and making sure to get enough rest to prevent drowsy driving.
While National Safety Month is observed every June, the NSC provides information, pamphlets, and posters for workplace safety year round. Maintaining a focus on safety during all months of the year is critical to avoiding incidents and improving workplace safety.
Contact us to find out more about National Safety Month and make sure to partake in the weekly topics with your employees for improved safety overall.
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