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June – The Month for National Safety

June is the National Safety Month. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designated the month of June as the month for National Safety, sponsored by the National Safety Council.

national-safety-monthEach year, the National Safety Council (NSC) celebrates this month as a time to bring attention to key safety issues. The 2014 National Safety Month theme is “Safety: It Takes All of Us”, which was inspired by the idea of continuous risk reduction – a key pillar in the Journey to Safety Excellence. Specific safety issues to address are provided as weekly topics such as:

Week 1: Prescription drug abuse
Week 2: Slips, trips and falls
Week 3: Remaining aware of one’s surroundings
Week 4: Putting an end to distracted driving
Bonus week: Safe practices in the summer heat

A successful safety program depends on spotting hazards early, evaluating their risk and removing or controlling them before harm is done. The council inspires individuals to use this month to find creative ways to engage everyone in reducing risk at workplaces. A little effort today has the potential to prevent tragedy tomorrow.

NSC has also provided a variety of materials for these weekly topics such as Sample hazard report form, home safety checklist, NSM public poster, tip sheet, and quiz with answer key. NSC members have direct access to additional materials including newsletter article and hazard check list.

Injuries from a fall can negatively impact your health, independence and quality of life. However, many injuries are preventable. Falls at home are a major concern, especially for seniors. Elderly people can benefit from the comprehensive slip/fall prevention programs provided at established rehabilitation centers along with exercise and physical therapy programs.

A typical balance program would include:

  • Assessing the candidate’s physical and functional abilities to identify the risk of falling
  • Identifying various factors that lead to risk
  • Modifying the risk factors
  • Improving patient’s mobility
  • Helping to enhance independence

Participants will also be provided guidance on eliminating the risk factors in the home environment which can cause older adults to fall. These may include poor lighting, unstable seating, unsteady handrails, objects in pathways and wet floors.

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