Is Your Workplace Participating in Safe + Sound Week?
OSHA’s annual safety event starts August 12
Every year more than 5,000 workers are killed on the job and more than 3.6 million suffer a serious job-related injury or illness, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards. They also reduce company costs, boost worker productivity, and enhance overall business operations.
Companies looking for ideas on implementing and improving worker safety and health programs are invited to participate in OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week, August 12-18. Safe + Sound is a year-round program that encourages workplaces to establish an employee safety and health program. Once a year, OSHA sets aside one week to promote resources that can help businesses set up a new program, energize and existing one, or showcase their safety success.
More than 2,700 businesses participated in last year’s Safe + Sound Week. Those interested in participating this year can visit the Safe + Sound Week website to register and identify activities and events to plan and promote. After completing the events, participants can download a certificate and virtual challenge coin to recognize their organization.
Common workplace hazards in the cleaning industry include slips and falls and musculoskeletal injuries. CMM offers several tips on creating a workplace safety program, such as showing company leaders the cost of workplace injuries and creating a safety team.