May 5-11, 2013 is North American Occupational Safety & Health (NAOSH) Week. The goal: to shine a spotlight on workplace safety and the importance of preventing injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the workplace, as well as at home and in the community. This year’s theme: Are You as Safe as You Think?
NAOSH Week is a perfect time to hold events in your workplace on various aspects of workplace safety. But many companies aren’t taking advantage of this golden opportunity.
We recently asked if you’re having any safety events in your workplace during NAOSH week. Disappointingly, 53% said no. Another 26% said they have one or two things planned, while a mere 21% said the week is full of events
Why should you take advantage of NAOSH Week? Because participation and involvement has been shown to:
- Improve attitudes toward safety
- Increase understanding of the importance of workplace safety
- Foster a safety culture
- Increase cooperation and assist in team building
- Improve communication between workers, JHSCs and safety professionals.
There’s Still Time to Plan an Event
There’s still time to plan something for NAOSH Week. Here are some suggested events and activities to consider:
- Host a safety day camp for school children, workers and their families.
- Update the safety posters in your workplace. (Go to SafetyPosters.com for some great options, including posters featuring The Simpsons!)
- Launch a recognition program for safety suggestions that are put into use or enhance ongoing health and safety practices.
- Conduct an open house that focuses on health and safety. Involve suppliers and invite local dignitaries, clients and colleagues.
- Partner with suppliers and community health and safety organizations to set up specific demonstrations of safe work habits for workers and/or people in the community.
- Sponsor a poster contest for employees’ children and create a safety calendar for your staff and clients.
- Promote NAOSH Week through articles in your company newsletter.
- Introduce games and contests to test knowledge of safety and health facts and information, such as crossword puzzles, “Are You Safer Than a Fifth Grader?,” scavenger hunts, etc.
- Display NAOSH Week posters in offices, on bulletin boards and at work stations.
- Invite school classes to tour your operations, highlighting basic safety features and the importance of working safely.
- Work with high school students to promote workplace safety as a career.
NAOSH Events Across Canada
As an alternative to holding events in your workplace, participate in special NAOSH week events being held across Canada:
There are also various NAOSH Week events planned in the US.