Each June, the National Safety Council (NSC) sponsors National Safety Month (NSM), an annual observance designed to educate and influence workers and employers to implement “best practices” for safety and wellness in the workplace.
This year, the theme for National Safety Month is “Safety Starts With Me.”
The President and CEO of NSC stated that this year’s theme is designed to influence the creation of a workplace safety culture in which both employers and employees participate together to create a safer and healthier work environment. The idea is to get everybody in the workplace on board – from management on down – to create a sense of “ownership” of his or her workplace safety. That way, everybody is a safety leader looking out for their own safety and the safety of others.
National Safety Month will have a different theme each week to bring attention to a critical safety issue. The themes are:
Week 1: Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls Week 2: Employee Wellness Week 3: Emergency Preparedness Week 4: Ergonomics
The National Safety Council turns 100 this year and estimates that through the collaborative efforts of those working to save lives and prevent injuries in the workplace some 6 million people have been saved over the past century.
Personal injury attorney Eddie Farah congratulates the National Safety Council on its 100th year of safety advocacy in the workplace. While it is an employers’ responsibility to assure that workers have a safe and healthy workplace environment, giving employees a stake in creating a culture of safety can only make the workplace a safer place to be.