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National Safety Month: Enhancing Workplace Safety


June is National Safety Month, an opportunity to focus on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities. This year, The National Safety Council emphasizes four key areas to help foster safer environments: Safety Engagement, Roadway Safety, Risk Reduction, and Slips, Trips, and Falls.  Let’s explore how these themes can be applied to enhance workplace safety.

For more resources on each topic including articles, webinars, and more, visit nsc.org and click on the 2024 weekly topics.  


Week 1: Safety Engagement (June 1-8)

Safety starts with engagement. Engaging employees in safety protocols and encouraging active participation in safety programs are vital steps toward creating a safe work environment. Open communication about safety concerns and suggestions, regular safety training, and involving employees in safety committees can significantly improve workplace safety culture.

Tips for Safety Engagement:

  • Conduct Regular Safety Meetings: Hold weekly or monthly safety meetings to discuss safety tips, recent incidents, and preventive measures.
  • Encourage Reporting: Create a safe and anonymous way for employees to report safety concerns or hazards without fear of retribution.
  • Safety Training: Offer comprehensive safety training programs that are relevant to your workplace’s specific risks and challenges.

Week 2: Roadway Safety (June 9-15)

Many employees face the risks associated with commuting or driving for work purposes. Ensuring roadway safety is crucial to protect them from traffic-related incidents.

Tips for Roadway Safety:

  • Defensive Driving Courses: Provide defensive driving training to employees who drive as part of their job.
  • Vehicle Maintenance: Ensure that all company vehicles are regularly maintained and inspected.
  • Promote Safe Driving: Encourage safe driving practices, such as obeying speed limits, avoiding distractions, and never driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Week 3: Risk Reduction (June 16-22)

Identifying and mitigating risks in the workplace is a continuous process. Risk reduction involves proactive measures to minimize potential hazards that could lead to accidents or injuries.

Tips for Risk Reduction:

  • Risk Assessments: Regularly conduct risk assessments to identify potential hazards in the workplace and implement controls to mitigate them.
  • Use of PPE: Ensure that employees have access to and properly use personal protective equipment (PPE) relevant to their job roles.
  • Safe Work Practices: Develop and enforce safe work practices and procedures, and ensure that employees are trained and competent in their implementation.

Week 4: Slips, Trips, and Falls (June 23-30)

Slips, trips, and falls are among the most common workplace accidents. Taking steps to prevent these incidents can significantly reduce injury rates.

Tips to Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls:

  • Housekeeping: Maintain clean and clutter-free work areas. Regularly clean up spills and remove obstacles from walkways.
  • Proper Footwear: Ensure employees wear appropriate footwear that provides good traction and support.
  • Fall Protection: Install guardrails, handrails, and other fall protection systems in areas where falls from heights could occur. Provide fall protection training to employees working at heights.


By focusing on these four key areas during National Safety Month, we can create a safer workplace for everyone. Safety is not just a priority for June; it’s a commitment that requires ongoing effort and dedication. Let’s work together to engage employees in safety initiatives, promote roadway safety, reduce risks, and prevent slips, trips, and falls. Remember, a safer workplace is a more productive and happier workplace.

For more resources and information on workplace safety, visit The National Safety Council’s website.

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