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Prioritizing Safety with the National Safety Month Initiative

June is National Safety Month, and at MAWS, we are committed to prioritizing safety all year round by observing this important initiative created by the National Safety Council. The goal of National Safety Month is to increase public awareness of the leading safety and health risks and decrease the number of injuries and deaths at the job site, on the road, and in the home. Our focus is to always highlight the importance of safety and share valuable information to keep our team and customers safe.

Each week of June has a different theme – learn more about them below:

Emergency Preparedness

It is crucial to be prepared for any unexpected events that may arise. Emergency Preparedness can cover anything from learning first aid and CPR to natural disasters to having a fire escape plan to preventing workplace violence. By having a well-thought-out emergency plan in place, you can mitigate risks and ensure the safety of everyone involved, whether it’s at home or work. To help stay prepared, the National Safety Council has provided resources and materials that can be found here.

Slips, Trips, & Falls

Did you know that falls are the 3rd leading fatal workplace event and the 5th leading event resulting in days missed from work? Effective solutions to reduce slips, trips, and falls in the workplace include creating a safety plan, identifying and evaluating hazards, implementing preventive measures, and conducting regular training.

Check out Safety+Health Magazine’s article on reducing slips, trips, and falls here.

Heat-Related Illnesses

During hot weather, heat illness may be an underlying cause of heart attacks, falls, equipment-related incidents, and other injuries. It is important to know the signs of heat-related illnesses and what you can do to help prevent them – read here to learn what you need to know to work safely in the heat. It’s essential to take proactive measures to protect yourself and your colleagues. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

– Drink water every 15 minutes to stay hydrated.
– When working outside, take rest breaks in the shade to cool down.
– Wear a hat and light-colored clothing to reduce heat absorption.
– Monitor your co-workers for symptoms of heat-related illnesses.

Hazard Recognition

Identifying workplace hazards is crucial for maintaining a safe working environment. By regularly assessing and ranking safeguards, you can effectively control safety and health hazards. The National Safety Council identifies slips, trips, and falls; overexertion-related injuries; contact with objects and equipment; falls to lower levels; motor vehicle incidents; being struck by an object or equipment; and assaults at work as the top causes of occupational injury.

Learn more about effective incident investigations, the hierarchy of controls, OSHA’s top 10, recognizing hidden dangers, and more here.

At MAWS, the safety of our team members and our customers is our top priority. By actively participating in National Safety Month, we aim to promote awareness and provide valuable resources. Together, we can create a safer working environment for everyone.