As May comes to a close, National Safety Month is just around the corner. First recognized in 1996 by the National Safety Council, National Safety Month “focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities,” according to the organization’s website, and is observed annually in June. It is a time of both celebration and awareness as organizations take the next steps in making safety a priority.
This year, the National Security Council is placing special emphasis on the themes of Hazard Recognition; Slips, Trips, and Falls; Fatigue; and Impairment. Each week of the month corresponds to the introduction and awareness of a different theme.
As LuminAID continues its mission to light the world, we particularly resonate with this year’s themes as our lanterns directly help to prevent such types of unsafe environments by providing clear and consistent sources of light in humanitarian, recreational, and professional contexts. Oftentimes a lack of visibility is the primary cause of injuries related to fatigue, impairment, and slips, trips, and falls.
This National Safety Month, you can share the message on workplace safety in a variety of ways. Here are some suggestions from the National Safety Council on how to take action and celebrate the occasion.
While it is important to be aware of the many ways that safety can be improved, it can oftentime be just as effective for morale to celebrate existing best practices that employees do well.
Simple but extremely accessible, smaller exercises can be a valuable way to begin good habits in the workplace which can then be taken and used in many different situations. Practicing hazard identification can be an exceptionally valuable exercise when done in the evening or other low light situations, and a LuminAID lantern can help light your way.
Make the workweek one of learning and friendly competition as employees vie to demonstrate their awareness of safety best practices. Ask questions to help your team learn about hazard identification, best practices, and safety resources available to them. Give the winners topical prizes to encourage awareness!
Learn more about the resources and work of the National Security Council here.
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