National Safety Month 2017
Small businesses and large corporations join the National Safety Council in a month-long focus on safety every June.
In part, the annual emphasis on safety has the purpose of providing knowledge about prominent safety issues. For example, the 2017 National Safety Month asks everyone to become more aware of a different weekly safety topic. The topics are:
- Stand up to Falls
- Recharge to Be In Charge (Focusing on Fatigue)
- Active shooters in the workplace, and
- Don’t Just Sit There (Focusing on Ergonomics.)
With a theme of “Keep Each Other Safe,” National Safety Week seeks to cultivate interest in methods for reducing the number of simple accidents that result in injury and death. Those accidents can occur at home or in the community, in the workplace, and while traveling. Along with encouraging awareness of the weekly safety topics, the National Safety Council also promotes Presidential Active Lifestyle Award Plus Challenge. The Challenge prompts all of us to integrate physical activity and healthy eating into our daily lives and wellness plans.
A Nationwide Celebration
In Chicago, owners of the Wrigley Building, Prudential Plaza, the Blue Cross and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois building, and other buildings commemorate National Safety Month by lighting their buildings in green. Companies celebrate National Safety month with drawings for free equipment, contests, art competitions, and free downloadable materials. Individuals can register to win $1,000 worth of safety gear from 3M. Safety Center Incorporated lists free downloadable resources that support National Safety Month while the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers also provides free downloadable materials as well as free access to an online First Aid, CPR and AED Course. The National Safety Council offers downloadable posters, fact sheets, and quizzes about the 2017 safety month topics.
Learn About the 2017 National Safety Month Topics
Fall hazards remain as one of the leading causes of death in the workplace. During 2016, OSHA delivered more citations based on their CFR 1926.501 Fall Protection standard than any other standard. While more than $15.5 billion of disability claims result from falls, $2.35 billion of disability claims result from slips and trips. The National Safety Council indicates that falls have become the third leading cause of death in the home and the workplace. Individuals and companies should work to identify and eliminate fall, slip, and trip hazards, remain attentive about changes of surface and transition areas, and use ramps, rails, and slip-resistant floors to decrease risks.
The National Transportation Safety Board identified fatigue as the probable cause or contributing factor for 20 percent of 182 major investigations that occurred between January 2001 and December 2012. Individuals and companies should acquire education about medical conditions such as sleep apnea and medicines that can affect the quality and duration of sleep. Companies can implement fatigue risk management programs that identify high-risk, safety-critical jobs and use a comprehensive approach towards education, task scheduling, commuting, and rest environments to combat fatigue.
During 2014 and 2015, 40 active shooter incidents occurred in the United States. The incidents resulted in 92 fatalities and 139 injuries. Seventy percent of the active shooter incidents occurred within a commercial business or educational institutions.
OSHA indicates that 34 percent of lost workdays happen because of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD)—an injury or pain in the joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, or skeletal structure that supports the limbs, neck, and back. Those injuries cause an average of $29,000 in worker compensation claims. The rising cost of these claims and the impact of the workplace highlight the need for ergonomic practices. Basic methods such as achieving the chair, setting monitor height to reduce eye strain, and taking breaks to stretch and walk reduce the opportunities for MSD injuries.
The National Saftey Council
Chartered by Congress during 1913, the National Safety Council has lived by its mission of eliminating “preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.” The NSC fulfills part of this mission through the publication of Injury Facts and Safety+Health Magazine. With its annual publication of “Injury Facts,” the NSC highlights statistical data about accidental deaths and injuries that occur in homes, at the workplace, in communities, and while traveling. Safety+Health Magazine covers safety news at the national level with topics such as “Fatigue and Worker Safety” and “Protecting Workers from Lead Exposure.” The NSC University provides courses about topics such as “Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene,””Safety Inspections,” and “Team Safety.”
Working as a 501c3 non-profit organization, the National Safety Council leads, educates, and advocates for safety practices through the Campbell Institute, its production of the NSC Congress and Expo, accreditation programs, local chapters, global networks, and through recognition for individual achievements in promoting safety. The Campbell Institute serves as an advocate and resource for integrating environmental health and safety practices within businesses and communities. Through these and other efforts, the National Safety Council offers a roadmap for organizations that wish to continuously improve safety practices. The annual NSC Congress and Expo serves as a forum for more than 15,000 safety professionals.