June is National Safety Month, a time for you to make an annual review of your safety concerns and to teach yourself and others about how to be safe at work and at home. This year's campaign is themed, "Safety Starts with Me."
"Safety Starts with Me" is all about how you can be a leading safety advocate in your community. By taking even the smallest steps to make others aware of safety hazards, you can greatly increase the level of safety in your home and at work.
There are four weekly themes that are highlighted during National Safety Month. They are:
- Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention
- Employee Wellness
- Emergency Preparedness
All four themes are centered around your own safety awareness and the prevention of injury. There are also two "bonus" topics of summer safety and driving safety. Recent campaigns during Memorial Day Weekend focused on being smart in the sun - using sunscreen, avoiding work during the peak hours of heat, and replenishing fluids - and safe driving (Click It or Ticket). National Safety Month is a chance to extend the messages of those programs as well as spreading it's own message.
The slip/trip/fall prevention, employee wellness, and emergency preparedness are all interrelated topics. Safety procedures like the posting of OSHA approved safety signs raise employee awareness of dangers, such as trip and fall hazards, and emergency signs direct people to safe exits and emergency equipment.
Ergonomics is an important safety issue that should not be ignored. Even the easiest task of the day - sitting down - can cause lasting injury if not done properly. Injuries relating to back pain, muscle aches, and carpal tunnel syndrome can all be prevented by focusing on good posture and ergonomics.
For more information about National Safety Month, visit the National Safety Council.