We often talk on this blog about the importance of building a safety culture in the workplace, and how safety is truly everyone’s responsibility. From C-level executives, team leadership, all the way down to individual workers, everyone has an important part to play in the success and safety of the job site. In honor of National Safety Month, here are some great ways to celebrate and promote safety at work.

Prepare for Emergency

Emergency situations can happen at any time, from fire to earthquake to flood. This makes it crucial that you are prepared for the unexpected long before it happens. To do so, you need to have a plan for several possible emergencies, do your research and have a kit ready to help respond in case of common natural disasters for your area. Encourage employees to have personal kits at home, in their car, and explain what they will have available to them at work. Run emergency drills at work and make sure employees know what to do by providing clear instructions and paying attention to make sure that the right lessons are learned. Make sure you designate safety leads who know first aid and CPR should their help be required in an emergency situation.

Actively Prevent Falls

Falling is still one of the top work hazards in our country despite such accidents being reasonably preventable. Awareness and proper education can go a long way toward preventing these accidents. While we may not consider a simple slip at home or tripping on the sidewalk to be a serious risk, but they can be deadly especially at work. Falls are the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for all ages and the number one cause of death for those 65 and older. That’s a very big risk to ignore. Spend some time this month talking with your employees about the risk of falling on the job, and make sure they have the preventative equipment and training to make falling less of a risk at work.

Wellness Matters Too

When we talk about safety, it’s mostly related to external risks or workplace hazards, but it’s also important to look internally for risks related to personal wellness. We ask a lot of ourselves each day, and over time this can put a strain on our overall ability to make good decisions and react appropriately on the job. Make sure you are eating and drinking appropriately to keep yourself performing at peak condition. Make sure you get your sleep so you’re not delayed in your reaction to accidents or risky situations. Get enough exercise and take breaks throughout your day to refresh your body and mind. For example, if you sit for long periods, stand up and stretch for a few minutes at a time. Make sure you get regular medical checkups, such as an annual physical and age-appropriate tests, get the support you need to quit smoking, reduce alcohol intake, and talk to your doctor about alternatives to opioid pain medications to make sure you are at your best on the job.

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