June is observed as National Safety Month (NSM) in the United States. Sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC), the goal behind this month-long campaign is to draw public attention towards key safety issues. It aims to educate and influence behaviors around the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.
The campaign focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in homes and communities. Reports suggest that nearly 20 million Americans (2014 statistics) aged 65 years and older visit the emergency room each year with almost a third of the visits related to injuries sustained in their home. According to Injury Facts 2015, an estimated 93,200 unintentional-injury related deaths occurred in the home and community in 2013.
The 2015 NSM theme “What I Live For” is inspired by the idea that “everyone has something they live to see or experience.” The theme highlights the need to make a difference by spreading the word about important ways to reduce the risk of work-related injuries.
The month-long campaign encourages employees, communities, workplaces, families and individuals across the country to identify and report safety hazards. This year, the NSC aims to increase public awareness about key safety issues prescription painkiller abuse, ergonomics, transportation safety, emergency preparedness and trips, slips and falls. As part of the event, the National Council for Safety (NSC) will offer materials or resources such as tip sheets, posters, safety checklists, and infographics that can be shared with employees, co-workers, family and friends in an effort to improve safety awareness in the workplace and protect the lives of people.
Join National Safety Month celebration! No matter what your passion is, engage in safe behaviors in order to live for what matters the most. Make an effort to spread safety awareness to help lives and prevent injuries.