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Safety takes center stage with annual OSHA event

Promoting safety within the workplace is a 24/7, year-round endeavor. But in an effort to recognize and re-energize health and safety programs, OSHA, NIOSH, the National Safety Council and a coalition of additional organizations created Safe + Sound Week, which was held August 9-15.

Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held annually that recognizes the successes of workplace safety and health programs while also offering information and ideas on how to keep workers safe.

Safety and health programs help businesses:

  • Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Improve compliance with laws and regulations
  • Reduce costs, including significant reductions in workers’ compensation premiums
  • Engage workers
  • Enhance social responsibility goals
  • Increase productivity and enhance overall business operations

Details and information

Whether you have new employees, an outdated safety plan or simply want to glean fresh ideas, OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week provides tools for companies to utilize and implement into their workforce. The dedicated Safe + Sound website features a wealth of information, resources and tools to help organizations plan and promote safety and training, including strategies for Management Leadership, Worker Participation and a systematic approach to Finding and Fixing hazards.

Aside from documents, plans and webinars, OSHA also offers templates featuring recommended pledge promises, such as:

  • Make worker safety and health a core value by discussing existing safety and health measures, ways they can be improved, and ways safety has personally impacted workers.
  • Work to continuously improve workplace safety by identifying and eliminating hazards using a systematic approach.
  • Communicate with workers about safety programs by detailing safety and health initiatives in weekly employee newsletters and posting program updates in break rooms.
  • Demonstrate a visible presence in the workplace by conducting regular safety walkarounds in different areas to observe what’s happening, talk directly with workers, and gather feedback for potential safety and health improvements in the organization.

Investing in safety

Fatalities and serious job-related injuries or illnesses hurt not only families, but also businesses. Implementing a safety and health program can improve businesses’ performance, save money and improve competitiveness.

Alongside Safe + Sound Week, companies can also invest in OSHA training courses for their employees. There are numerous OSHA online courses now available which provide flexibility (and typically cost less than in-person training.) View our training course library for more information.