It’s National Safety Month - Are You All In?

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National Safety Month, It's National Safety Month Are You All in?

Celebrate National Safety Month this June!

According to National Safety Council (NSC) statistics, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. This June, the NSC is taking a stand to change that number by aiming to eliminate preventable deaths in the workplace and home. They’ve declared this month to be National Safety Month.

Are you all in?

You can make a difference by raising awareness about important safety issues and common injuries that could be avoided. Join the National Safety Month and work together to put a stop to work place injuries and deaths - so more of your workers can go home safely to their families.

How can National Safety Month make a lasting difference in the workplace?

The National Safety Month will kick off their awareness campaign with the topic titled, Stand Up to Falls. Each week thereafter, National Safety Month will provide resources highlighting specific safety topics. Take the Safety Pledge and display your certificate for all to see.

As part of the agreement to prevent workplace injuries, deaths, and illnesses, the OSHA and NSC Alliance has partnered to:

  • Develop compliance assistance tools and best practice documents.
  • Convene, participate and exhibit at occupational safety and health forums and stakeholder meetings.
  • Collaborate with other OSHA Alliance participants to address specific safety topics.
  • Support and promote the Journey to Safety Excellence Campaign.

OSHA and NSC stress the importance of measuring your safety progress and engaging employees by creating a safety culture. Read how to conduct a successful safety-themed culture here.

In addition to workplace safety, the National Safety Month is raising awareness about the top causes of unintentional injury and death in homes and communities. According to Injury Facts 2017, about 146,571 people died from unintentional injury-related deaths in 2015.

Here are some of the top causes of injuries in homes and communities:
  • Prevent Poisoning and Drug Overdose: Prescription painkiller overdoses are a growing problem in the United States. Every year, poison control centers receive millions of calls from those seeking medical help for accidental poisoning.
  • Transportation Safety: Driving while distracted – like texting or eating - increases the chance of a serious crash. Almost 1 in 5 crashes (17%) that injured someone involved distracted driving, according to NSC.  
  • Slips, Trips, and Falls: More than 33,000 people died in falls in 2015. Falling is the third leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death over all age groups. Falls also are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, including concussions.
  • Drowning: About 10 people drown every day – not including boat accidents. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death over all ages, and the #1 cause of death for children ages 1 to 4, mostly due to children falling into pools or being left alone in bathtubs.
  • Fires and Burns: Fire is the sixth leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death over all ages. About 2,646 deaths were caused by burns and injuries related to fire in 2015, according to NSC. Most fires start at night when the entire house is sleeping. Check to make sure your smoke alarms are working so you have plenty of time to get out quickly.

Follow this link for more information on the National Safety Month.

Awareness is the key to prevention! Talking about safety issues is a critical component to preventing injuries and unintentional deaths from occurring in the workplace and at home.

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