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National Safety Month, a Reminder That Safety Should Always Come First

National Safety Month, a Reminder That Safety Should Always Come First

June marks the time of year that the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month 2014 to bring attention to different key safety issues around the workplace each week. The theme for this year is "Safety: It takes all of us," which was inspired by the idea of

continuous risk reduction in the workplace. Here is a recap of the 2014 weekly themes – and some safety tips and tidbits to help you avoid accidents and injuries!

Week 1: Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

As most employers are aware, drug and alcohol use is a chronic problem among employees in the workplace. By some studies conducted of workplace accidents, 20 percent or more of employees at the typical workplace are impaired due to drug and alcohol usage on any given day. Here is a list of what a workplace can do to avoid drug abuse among all personnel:

Week 2: Stop Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls make up the majority of general industry accidents and cause 15% of all accidental deaths, second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

A slip, trip, or fall on the job can mean time off from work, medical costs, and long-term injury for a worker, and employers can face fines, citations, and lawsuits. According to the Department of Labor, slips, trips, and falls are one of the leading causes of injuries on the job – but they’re also highly preventable. Keep these tips in mind to avoid an injury:

Week 3: Be Aware of Your Surroundings

A lack of focus on work tasks can lead to accidents and injuries in the workplace. One of the leading causes of work-related deaths is due to contact with objects, which include being struck against an object, struck by an object, caught in an object or equipment, or caught in collapsing material.

Understanding surrounding awareness is important to learn at your workplace to be able to keep clear of potential hazardous areas, machinery, and situations. Here are some tips to help prevent injury from contact with objects:

Week 4: Put an End to Distracted Driving

Distracted driving can range from drunk driving and texting while driving to simply listening to music. Though some activities while driving may seem harmless enough, the consequences of not paying attention on the road can be disastrous to you and those around you.

Distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing. Distracting activities that should be avoided include:

Remember that a successful safety program depends on spotting hazards early, evaluating their risk and removing or controlling them before harm is done. Use this as a reminder to find creative ways to engage everyone in reducing risk in your workplaces. A little effort today has the potential to prevent tragedy tomorrow.

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