From June 12-18, 2017, organizations are encouraged to join OSHA, the National Safety Council, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for the inaugural Safe + Sound Week. The event is a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the value of workplace safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards. These programs can help employers and workers identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving the bottom line.
Below is a 37-second video summary on Safe + Sound Week provided by OSHA:
Engage Employees at ALL Levels:
Management Leadership exhibits a devotion at the utmost level of safety and health. Here are some of the strategies that will help you demonstrate management leadership during Safe + Sound Week:
- Deliver a safety and health message.
- Establish a visible presence to promote safety and health.
- Formalize and publicize your commitment to safety and health.
- Take your commitment to safety and health beyond your organization.
Worker Participation engages workers at any level to achieve, evaluate and also improve safety and health in the workplace. Here are some of the ways you can get your workers involved during Safe + Sound Week:
- Show you are listening and ask for feedback.
- Empower workers with safety and health information.
- Recognize workers or teams for contributions to workplace safety.
- Partner for safety and health planning.
Find and Fix Hazards
Finding and fixing hazards aids as a proactive and continuing process to pinpoint and manage any potential injuries or illnesses. Here are a couple of ways you can find and fix hazards during Safe + Sound Week:
- Spotlight hazards and controls.
- Create challenges, contests, and competitions.
- Evaluate safety and health processes and systems.
- Conduct analyses to identify hazards.
Below is a pre-recorded hour-long webinar with representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, American Industrial Hygiene Association, and the National Safety Council discussing the importance and impact of safety and health programs and simple activities your company can use during Safe + Sound Week: