Safe and Sound Week

August 13, 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safe and Sound week is August 13 through August 19, 2018. The nationwide event is held each year to improve worker safety by raising awareness of workplace safety and health programs. Organizations in all industries are invited to participate by visiting OSHA’s website and selecting the activities and events in which they wish to participate.

OSHA was created by Congress with the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970. The agency is tasked with setting and enforcing standards for safe and healthful working conditions. OSHA also provides training, outreach, education and assistance for working men and women and encourages businesses to maintain safe workplaces in order to prevent injury and illness among workers.

Employers may consult OSHA’s sample programs for specific health and safety topics such as bloodborne pathogens, fall protection and lockout/tagout procedures. Generally, OSHA sets forth three components of an effective safety and health program for any industry: management leadership, worker participation and a systemic approach to finding and fixing hazards in the workplace.

Management Leadership Sets a Good Example

When business owners, executives, managers and supervisors show a commitment to workplace safety and health, they lead by example. Others around them tend to follow suit in making safety a priority.

OSHA recommends that management create posters and flyers, send out emails, videos and company newsletters and post on social media to spread the word about safety. Companies can also create written policies and allocate funds towards safety and health program goals to further show their commitment. Making personal appearances (“walking the floor”), holding meetings and encouraging feedback all tend to yield positive results.

Worker Participation Improves Results

Getting workers to participate is an effective way to improve workplace safety. When workers are provided with information, tools and skills, they can take an active role in their health and safety.

OSHA suggests that employers hold training sessions, host talks by external experts and establish health and safety office hours in order to provide workers with the information and support they need. Employers can encourage participation by and rewarding employees who follow best safety and health practices.

A Systemic Approach to Finding and Fixing Hazards is Essential

OSHA emphasizes the importance of having a systemic approach to finding and fixing hazards in the workplace. Employers can send email or video blasts, post tips in high-visibility areas, create signage for potentially hazardous equipment or create their own activities to encourage workers to spotlight hazards and controls.

Employers can encourage participation by holding contests, challenges and competitions for workers to spot hazards, identify personal protective equipment (PPE), find safety information in the workplace, make checklists of potential hazards and act out safety scenarios. Employers should also have an ongoing approach to safety – conducting regular evaluations of their safety and health systems, analyzing OSHA injury logs and reviewing the top hazards in their industry are all helpful in improving workplace safety and health.

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