Each year in June, the National Safety Council (NSC) celebrates National Safety Month. The goal of this observance is to strengthen workplace safety by providing education on preventable injuries and illness.
This year’s theme is “Safety Starts with Me.” According to the NSC, successful organizations strive to make everyone a safety leader by involving them in safety and promoting a culture where individuals feel responsible for keeping themselves and others safe.
“The National Safety Council turns 100 years old this year and one of the things we’ve done over the last hundred years is really focus on what it is that companies do that allow them to achieve safety excellence. We call this combination of best practices, ‘The Journey to Safety Excellence.’ This year for National Safety Month, we’ve chosen to focus on employee engagement,” explained NSC President, Janet Froetscher.
Each week in June, the NSC will highlight a different critical safety issue. 2013 weekly topics include Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls, Employee Wellness, Emergency Preparedness, and Ergonomics. The NSC is also including two bonus topics, Summer Safety and Driving Safety.
Observing National Safety Month is a great opportunity to refresh workers on the proper use of safety supplies and techniques. Employers can further support the efforts of the NSC by hosting workplace events, providing information and training, and encouraging staff to take a safety pledge.