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Workplace Safety: Safe & Sound Week 2018

August 13-19, 2018 has been deemed “National Safe & Sound Week” and is meant to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.  Safety and health programs are successful when they include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards. They help identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe & Sound Week is easy. Whether it’s for an hour, a half day, or a full day, there’s an activity that combines the elements of an effective safety and health program to fit any schedule. Using this opportunity can help get a new program started or keep an existing program on track.


An Hour: Organize a listening session that includes: (1) Top managers discussing their commitment to safety and health, either in person or virtually using a video message; (2) workers sharing their safety and health concerns and ideas for solutions; and (3) managers and workers collaborating to analyze OSHA injury logs to identify the types, sources, and circumstances of past incidents.


Half Day: (1) Conduct manager walk-throughs of all work areas and talk with workers about safety concerns and possible improvements. Share findings during a wrap-up session with managers and workers. (2) Observe safety practices throughout the week to identify workers using best practices and/or initiate a contest to submit suggestions for safety and health improvements. Host a safety celebration for workers and managers to discuss the best practices and improvement suggestions and recognize them with prizes. (3) Conduct a “safety swap” where participants swap workstations with co-workers in another area of the organization or managers embed themselves in one of the work units. Meet afterward to list the hazards identified and brainstorm ideas to address them.


Whole Day: (1) Hold a retreat with senior management and workers or establish a safety and health committee that represents a variety of job functions in your organization. Discuss and define program objectives and how they will be measured. Create a clear safety and health policy or update the existing policy to reflect worker input and current hazards and controls. (2) Schedule a day of training for workers and managers. During the session, review and discuss safety policies and procedures, perform hands-on safety demonstrations, and/or conduct worker safety perception surveys. Invite experts, if applicable, and set aside time at the end for questions and suggestions.


Source: OSHA