Posted by Melissa Hall in #YHSafetyTips, Aug 07, 2019
The third annual OSHA Safe + Sound Week is August 12 through August 18. This year’s event is designed to “celebrate the successes of businesses that have implemented safety and health programs in the workplace.”
Employers of all sizes and all industries are invited to participate. Last year over 2,700 businesses participated by raising awareness about health and safety on the job. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to host events and activities that cover the core elements of their safety and health programs. Health and safety programs help you identify and manage hazards before they cause injury or illnesses, allowing you to be proactive and improve productivity.
The goals of Safe + Sound Week include recognizing safety successes on the job as well as raising awareness and understanding of health and safety programs. Activities during Safe + Sound Week should encourage management leadership as well as worker participation.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
It is important to continue encouraging participation in safety and health programs throughout the year – not just during Safe + Sound Week. Taking a proactive approach to health and safety programs will help prevent hazards.
YEAR LONG SAFETY INITIATIVES
A safety committee is an organized group within a workplace consisting of members from both management and the workforce. Safety committees are tasked with reviewing the safety rules and regulations that are currently in place, developing written safety programs and safety training, preforming workplace safety inspections, and promoting a healthy and safe culture within the workplace.
Employee Safety Training
Safety training provides staff with the knowledge and skills to safely complete their work without creating hazards on the job, the awareness and understanding of how to identify and control workplace hazards, and how to fulfill any non-traditional job functions.
Emergency Action Plans
Emergency action plans are intended to facilitate and organize employer and worker actions during workplace emergencies. It is recommended that all employers have emergency action plans in place, and the plan should account for a wide range of emergency situations.
Job Safety Analysis
A Job Safety Analysis focuses on the relationship between the work, the task, the tools, and the work environment and aims to identify hazards before they occur. Regularly conducting a Job Safety Analysis can help you control or eliminate hazards in the workplace and reduce the risk of an accident.
Learn more about Safe + Sound Week by visiting OSHA.gov.
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