National Safety Month

National Safety Month, observed annually in June, focuses on reducing injuries and deaths at work, on the roads and in our homes. This is a good time to make sure that you are doing everything possible to keep your employees and your families safe. This week's articles can help you do that.

Have you done your safety housekeeping at the office? (Item #1)     To help you lead safely at work, here are seven very important thinking points. (Item #2)     This guide, although produced for Australian offices, can help employers and employees take a look at their workplace for safety. (Item #3)    

Here are 25 steps you can take to reduce the risk of injury among your office staff. (Item #4)     This fact sheet from identifies electrical hazards and makes recommendations on how to avoid or fix them. (Item #5)     Here are the 10 most common safety hazards in the home, along with things you can do to avoid injury and stay out of harm's way. (Item #6)    

As always, I look forward to hearing about your concerns with regard to business continuity. If there are any topics that you'd like to see covered, email me at [email protected].

Bob Mellinger, President
Attainium Corp

1. Eleven tips for effective workplace housekeeping

To some people, the word "housekeeping" calls to mind cleaning floors and surfaces, removing dust, and organizing clutter. But in a work setting, it means much more. Housekeeping is crucial to safe workplaces. It can help prevent injuries and improve productivity

2. Seven Steps to Keep Employees Safe in The Workplace

We live in a world where bad things happen in the workplace. Recently shots were fired near the White House and less recently a lone gunman created havoc at the Navy Shipyards. As much as we fear the acts and despise the perpetrators, the reality is that these events have become commonplace. In addition to these acts of terror, the safety of your team can be at risk due to natural disasters and other unexpected events.

3. Officewise: A guide to health and safety in the office

This guide promotes health and safety in the office and is designed as a resource for managers, supervisors and anyone involved in office work. While hazards in the office may not always be as obvious as those in factories, office workers may also face a range of health and safety issues, including poor job design, prolonged repetitive work, moving heavy loads, inadequate lighting and cramped or unsafe work areas.

4. Recognizing hidden dangers: 25 steps to a safer office

It is fairly obvious that safety and health hazards can exist on worksites filled with heavy machinery and equipment, where employees often are required to engage in strenuous manual labor. A job where most of the work tasks are completed while sitting in a chair in a climate-controlled office building would seem less fraught with danger. However, a surprising number of hazards can be present in an office setting.

5. Office Electrical Safety

Electrical equipment used in an office is potentially hazardous and can cause serious shock and burn injuries if improperly used or maintained. Electricity travels through electrical conductors which may be in the form of wires or parts of the human body. Most metals and moist skin offer very little resistance to the flow of electrical current and can easily conduct electricity. If a part of the body comes in contact with the electrical circuit, a shock will occur. The passage of electricity through the body can cause great pain, burns, destruction of tissue, nerves, and muscles and even death.

6. 10 Safety Hazards to Watch Out for Around the House

Taking care of your family and home is certainly important and safety is a key component to creating a warm home where your family can thrive. Unfortunately, there are a number of safety hazards hiding in plain sight throughout your home. But, don't worry, you can fix these concerns pretty easily.

Quote of the Week:

"The safety of the people shall be the highest law."

-- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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