Most people who die because of preventable injuries are typically in the prime of their lives – succeeding in their careers, raising families, and having active lifestyles. Since June is National Safety Month, it is our chance to help prevent these unnecessary injuries and fatalities on the job, on the roads, in our homes and communities.
The theme for this year is “Keep Each Other Safe.” The purpose is to highlight the crucial roles we all have, not only in our own safety but the safety of others. National Safety Month is sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC) along with other organizations.
Provided by the NSC, the following are four safety topics featured this year:
- Week 1: The Danger of Falls – Falls in the workplace are consistent but preventable, issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls from heights are the second leading cause of death in the workplace. To eliminate fall hazards in all settings, maintain walkways that are clutter-free, wear proper footwear, and avoid distracted walking.
- Week 2: Get the Proper Amount of Sleep – Sleep quality and duration has a direct impact on the health and safety of workers. Getting an adequate amount of sleep is imperative to perform your job duties safely. Working against your body clock can result in fatigue and other health issues, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and depression.
- Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters – Whether it is in the form of verbal threats or physical assaults using a weapon, workplace violence is a huge problem. Although nobody wants to think about being involved in a situation with an active shooter, being prepared is the best way to protect yourself. Similar to regular fire drills, take the time to conduct active shooter drills which can help protect you and your fellow workers.
- Week 4: Ergonomics – Workers in the U.S. spend much of their workday sitting down. Unfortunately, this can result in negative health effects. Working ergonomically can help prevent injury in the short- and long-term.