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    June 21, 2023

    National Safety Month

    Every year, the National Safety Council (NSC) designates June as National Safety Month.

    This month-long observance is an opportunity to raise awareness of workplace safety and to promote the importance of taking steps to prevent injuries and fatalities. According to the NSC, thousands of people lose their lives in workplace accidents each year. Millions more suffer injuries, sometimes debilitating ones. These injuries can have a devastating impact on individuals, families, and businesses. Here’s what you should know about workplace safety.

    How to Improve Safety in the Workplace

    There are many things that can be done to improve workplace safety. Employers can provide training on safety procedures, create a culture of safety, and provide safe work environments. Employees can also take steps to protect themselves by being aware of the risks in their workplace and following safety procedures.

    The NSC has provided crucial workplace safety support for National Safety Month 2023, identifying several key safety topics to be aware of at work. These topics include:

    • Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). MSDs are the leading cause of workplace injuries, and they can lead to pain, disability, and lost productivity.
    • Falls. Falls are a major cause of workplace injuries, and they can be fatal.
    • Electrical hazards. Electrical hazards can cause serious injuries or death.
    • Heat stress. Heat stress can be a serious hazard in hot environments, and it can lead to heat stroke, a life-threatening condition.
    • Violence in the workplace. Violence in the workplace can be a serious problem, and it can lead to injuries or death.

    Resources Available to Employers for Supporting Better Workplace Safety

    As an employer, it’s your responsibility to ensure your workers are safe on the job. At the same time, employees need to work together with their employers to create and maintain a culture of safety at work. The NSC has a number of resources available to help both employers and employees improve workplace safety. These resources include:

    • Free safety posters and toolkits
    • Online safety training courses
    • Safety information and resources

    The NSC also encourages employers and employees to participate in National Safety Month activities. These activities can help to raise awareness of workplace safety and to promote the importance of taking steps to prevent injuries and fatalities.

    Final Thoughts on Workplace Safety 

    National Safety Month is a time to focus on workplace safety and to take steps to prevent injuries and fatalities. Encourage your employees to stay alert and focused on their work at all times, report any hazards to their superiors immediately, use proper safety equipment, and follow safety procedures to the letter. Ensure your workers take care of themselves in this manner, even as you reinforce safety standards on your end.  By working together, you and your employees can create a safer workplace for everyone.

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