Identifying the risks and improving safety standards in your home and around your community protects everyone. The U.S Department of Health and Human Services has designated the month of June as the month for “National Safety (NSM)”. Sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC), the campaign aims to increase public attention towards key safety issues. It focuses on reducing leading causes of preventable injuries and death at work, on the road and in homes and communities.
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), more than 6,000 employees in the United States die from workplace injuries each year. It is estimated that about 6 million workers suffer non-fatal workplace injuries, costing employers $125 billion annually. The campaign remains focused on saving lives and preventing workplace injuries and illnesses by generating awareness about motor vehicle mishaps, fatigue management and identification of hazards in workplaces. It aims to promote workplace safety through education and training.
The NSC offers various materials or resources such as posters, safety check lists, tip sheets, articles, newsletter article, hazard check list and infographics to improve safety awareness and protect lives. The NSC highlights a different topic NSC for each week in June:
- Week 1 – Hazard Recognition
- Week 2 – Slips, Trips and Falls
- Week 3 – Fatigue
- Week 4 – Impairment
The success of a safety program depends on spotting hazards early, evaluating their risk and controlling/preventing them before the damage or injury is done. This monthly campaign offers a strong platform for individuals to get engaged in creative ways to reduce the risk of slips and falls and other injuries both at home and work-places.
Injuries can directly affect mobility and independence and impact quality of life. Elderly fall prevention is an important issue. Seniors can benefit from the comprehensive slip/fall prevention programs provided at reputable pain management and rehabilitation centers in Brooklyn. These programs may assess the candidate’s physical and functional abilities to identify the risk of falling. These programs also include guidance on safety measures to reduce risk of slips, trips and falls and injuries. These safety measures include – installing steady hand rails/grab bars, good lighting in the hallways, identifying obstructions, watching out for torn or wet flooring, and fitting accessibility devices such as stair lifts or elevators.
One of the best ways to celebrate National Safety Month is to join the NSC in spreading the message. The NSC provides free access to poster, tip sheets and more to help spread messages on various safety topics with your co-workers, family and friends.”