2019 National Safety Month

National Safety Month, conducted by the National Safety Council (NSC), is observed in June and is focused on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities. Each week of June has a designated safety topic; the topics for 2019 are hazard recognition, slips, trips, and falls, fatigue, and impairment.

The experts at Forensic Engineering Technologies (FET) frequently assess accidents related to each of these topics, many of which are easily preventable.

WEEK 1: HAZARD RECOGNITION

Safety hazards exist all around us, both at home and in the workplace. When discussing workplace hazards, it’s easy to identify the hazards present in jobs which require strenuous manual labor or the operation of heavy equipment and machinery. However, current research shows that a surprising number of hazards can be also found in standard office work environments. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 2.8 million private-industry office and administrative workers suffered on-the-job injuries in 2017. Many of these injuries could have been prevented if workers and supervisors had properly recognized safety hazards in their workplace and implemented simple solutions to help mitigate them.

 

WEEK 2: SLIPS, TRIPS, AND FALLS

Slips, trips, and falls can result in sprains, cuts, bruises, broken bones, or worse. According to the National Safety Council, slips, trips, and falls are the 3rd leading cause of workplace death and account for over 25% of all workplace injuries.

Conducting a routine slip and trip hazard assessment of your home or workplace is a great way to prevent these types of accidents and keep your family and co-workers safe. Check floor rugs and mats to ensure they are placed flat on the ground, with no folds or ripples which could create a tripping hazard. Additionally, check stairs, hard floors, and surfaces to ensure they are clean, dry, and free of any wet or slippery substances. You can find additional training resources on slip, trip, and fall prevention here.

 

WEEK 3: FATIGUE

It’s easy to see how fatigue, a byproduct of a society that operates 24 hours a day, can lead to easily preventable accidents. According to a recent National Safety Council report, 70% of workers are tired on the job. To help prevent fatigue, make sure to eat regularly, maintain a balanced diet, stay properly hydrated, and gain at least 6 hours of quality sleep per night. You can find additional information and prevention tips regarding fatigue here.

 

WEEK 4: IMPAIRMENT

Impairment includes more than the obvious topics of abusing illegal drugs or alcohol. Week 4 of National Safety Month focuses on these examples but also sheds light on other types of impairment, such as sleep deprivation and emotional impairment. You can find the National Safety Council’s related article on Week 4 and impairment here.