As everyone begins there summer it is important to remember that June is National Safety Month.  While it is true that safety should be a top concern all year long it is good to have a month that is dedicated to safety in the workplace.

Make a difference – spread the word about ways to reduce the risk of injuries. Encourage co-workers to identify and report safety hazards.

How can National Safety Month make a difference?

We can all use this time to raise awareness about important safety issues like:

Week 1: Emergency Preparedness

During the first week of June, the National Safety Council (NSC) is concentrating on emergency preparedness. The agency is urging entities to reexamine their internal policies in the event of a fire, storm, or natural disaster. Take this time to review “Active Shooter Training” recommendations:  Run, Hide or Fight.

Week 2: Wellness

Week 2 of National Safety Month spotlights wellness initiatives aimed at American employees. A significant emphasis this year falls on the dangers of what’s called “circadian misalignment,” which is a fancy term for when people try to stay awake when their bodies want to sleep.

There are other aspects of wellness that NSC wants to highlight. The organization wants to make sure that anyone who is prescribed an opioid medication is made aware of the potential for abuse of the drug for them or their family members.  Lastly OSHA is raising awareness about heat-related illness prevention during June and all summer long.

Week 3: Falls

The third week revolves around one of the costliest workplace injury categories: falls. The NSC is providing resources including a personal safety checkup tool and guidelines on maintaining safety when working at heights.  OSHA is talking about the value of various personal fall arrest systems like body harnesses and lifelines.

Week 4: Driving

The final week of 2018’s National Safety Month is centered around safe driving practices. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is specifically targeting workplace motor vehicle safety, older drivers on the job site, and the avoidance of fatigued driving at work. There’s also a special endeavor to urge drivers not to use mobile phones – even hands-free devices – while driving in order to limit accidents caused by distracted driving.