Week to Raise Workplace Safety
North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week started May 4, and continues through May 10 as an opportunity to raise awareness about occupational health, safety, and the environment.
2014's NAOSH Week theme is "Workplace Safety Works for Everyone." Training, posting safety slogan signs, and focus on everyday safety habits can help workers in all industries to have safe and productive days.
With over 4500 fatalities of workers due to job-related injuries and businesses spending almost $200 billion in injury-related costs (source: American Society of Safety Engineers), both workers and business owners have a substantial interest in a safe work environment. During NAOSH Week, and on May 7, which is Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day, we call can strive to improve our workplace safety efforts and make sure that employees are clocking out uninjured.
The same practices that we focus on for workplace safety can be carried over to our homes as well. While only a small percentage of workers are in the food service industry, almost all of us cook for ourselves, and face the same workplace hazards as chefs when making dinner each night. Food safety is an important topic for us all, and while not a workplace safety issue for the many, still an important topic to focus on during this time.
Other safe practices that can be taken from safe workplaces include electrical safety, trip and fall awareness, and the use of personal protection equipment. The use of personal protection equipment, or PPE for short, is often overlooked, especially when getting outside to work on the lawn or doing other home improvement projects. Wheither you are on the clock or not, hazards are always present, and can lead to the same amount of missed time from work, no matter where the injury occured.
Take NAOSH Week as an important reminder to focus on the safety habits of your staff and how it is important for everyone in your business.