June is National Safety Month
Each June, the National Safety Council encourages organizations to get involved and participate in National Safety Month. Take a look at this week's articles for some ideas on how your organization can take part. Also, Friday is Heat Safety Awareness Day. According to the National Weather Service, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, killing more people each year than floods, lightning, tornados and hurricanes combined. Be careful out there!
Information from NIOSH provides information on violence in the workplace.
OSHA provides information for building owners, managers and employers on sources of indoor air pollutants, applicable OSHA standards, and preventing or minimizing IAQ problems.
Do you have an off-the-job safety program?
NIOSH offers a lot of information on workplace safety; look it over.
Every organization should be concerned about parking lot safety; is yours?
It's your responsibility to ensure you stay safe at work; here are some tips you can put to good use.
As always, we look forward to hearing your comments & insights regarding business continuity.
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Bob Mellinger, President
1. Occupational violence
This site contains information on NIOSH research as well as links to external research programs, statistical reports, and public and private initiatives to address the problems of workplace violence. In this article are links to some of their publications on violence in the workplace.
2. Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Institutional Buildings
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a major concern to businesses, schools, building managers, tenants, and workers because it can impact the health, comfort, well-being, and productivity of the building occupants. OSHA recognizes that poor IAQ can be hazardous to workers' health and that it is in the best interest of everyone that building owners, managers, and employers take a proactive approach to address IAQ concerns.
3. Off-the-Job Safety
Off-the-job safety is the extension of an organization's on-the-job safety culture. Off-the-job safety programs educate employees about being safe while not at work. A growing number of businesses now consider off-the-job safety critical to good management of health care costs, productivity and profits. More importantly, off-the-job safety programs help save the lives of employees and their families.
4. Office environment & worker safety & health
Maintaining a healthy office environment requires attention to chemical hazards, equipment and work station design, physical environment (temperature, humidity, light, noise, ventilation, and space), task design, psychological factors (personal interactions, work pace, job control) and sometimes, chemical or other environmental exposures.
5. There's a lot to know about parking lot safety
It's estimated that there are more than 75 million parking spaces for workplace or commuter parking in the U.S. A company should provide employees with a safe parking lot and protection for getting to and from that lot.
6. Miscellaneous Work Safety Tips
We can't stress it enough - work safety is your own responsibility. Yes, coworkers have responsibilities when it comes to your safety, and employers have responsibilities and legal obligations for your safety, but when it comes right down to where the rubber meets the road, you've got to take ownership of making sure your work environment is a safe one.
Quote of the Week:
"Know safety - No injury, No safety - Know injury."