By Vogel Bros. Safety Department
Every June, the National Safety Council (NSC) observes National Safety Month. The event brings together thousands of organizations across the country to educate and raise awareness of what it takes to Keep Each Other Safe (#KeepEachOtherSafe). National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities.
How can National Safety Month make a difference?
We can all use this month to raise awareness about important safety issues, and to spread the word about ways to reduce the risk of injuries.
- Stand Up to Falls: Slips, trips and falls are the number two cause of nonfatal disabling injury in the workplace. Make sure your environment is free of hazards and is properly maintained. Keep work areas clear, clean and clutter-free. Be attentive, and don’t carry too heavy of loads.
- Recharge to Be in Charge: It’s estimated that approximately 37 percent of the U.S. workforce is sleep deprived. Long term risks of sleep deprivation include depression, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. To better care for yourself: Create and follow a sleep schedule; Ensure your bedroom is quiet and dark and keep the temperature moderate; Right before bedtime, avoid the use of gadgets that emit light (such as tablets and smartphones) because they can inhibit restful sleep; Don’t eat a heavy meal right before bedtime.
- Steer Clear of Danger: More than 35,000 people die in crashes every year on U.S. roads. That comes to about 96 deaths every day – or four deaths every hour. Many of those deaths are the result of incidents that take place during the workday or during the commute to-and-from work. Some driving dangers include: sleep deprivation, distracted driving, driving while impaired, and aggressive driving. The NSC has many great safety on the road materials for adults and teens, covering these dangers and more.
- Keep your Cool: Heat-related illnesses can escalate rapidly, leading to delirium, organ damage and even death. OSHA has a free app that calculates the heat index and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level of being outdoors. It also provides reminders about the protective measures that should be taken, and what heat-related illness signs and symptoms you should monitor for.
How can I help spread the word?
Vogel Bros. values a healthy environment where employees can reach their full potential. By spreading the word about hazards, our standard safety trainings and awareness programs (such as fall protection, confined space, ladder safety, etc.), we empower our employees to take steps to better protect themselves and others.