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  • Stuart Kahler

Safety Dance: Grooving to a Safer Tune in National Safety Month

Each month I send a safety newsletter out, typically covering a single topic. The safety world is a broad one, after all, and attempting to fit multiple topics in a single newsletter is a daring feat. But, for June, that’s exactly what the National Safety Council does. It recognizes June as National Safety Month. A whole month dedicated to safety? Now that’s something I can get behind!

The aim of National Safety Month is to raise awareness about safety issues and promote safe practices in several aspects of life. The month is dedicated to educating individuals, organizations, and communities about different safety topics and encouraging proactive measures to prevent accidents and injuries. Throughout National Safety Month, a different theme is highlighted each week to focus on specific areas of safety, such as emergency preparedness, slips, trips, falls, heat-related illness, and hazard recognition.

The month serves as an opportunity to create and review emergency plans, identify potential hazards, implement safety measures, and enhance preparedness for emergencies. It also emphasizes the importance of promoting safety at home, in the workplace, on the road, and within communities. By participating in National Safety Month activities and initiatives, individuals can contribute to building a safer and more resilient society, protecting themselves and those around them.

Week 1: Emergency Preparedness

  • Create a family emergency plan with communication strategies and a meeting place.

  • Prepare an emergency kit with essential supplies like water, food, medications, and a first aid kit.

  • Know emergency evacuation routes and procedures in your workplace and community.

  • Educate yourself on different emergencies and appropriate responses.

Week 2: Slips, Trips, and Falls

  • Keep walkways clear, well-lit, and free from obstacles and slippery substances.

  • Use caution on wet surfaces and install non-slip mats.

  • Wear slip-resistant footwear with proper support.

  • Report potential hazards in the workplace promptly.

Week 3: Heat-Related Illness

  • Stay hydrated and drink water regularly, even when you don’t feel thirsty.

  • Take breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas.

  • Wear lightweight, breathable clothing and use sunscreen.

  • Watch for signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke; seek medical help if needed.

Week 4: Hazard Recognition

  • Regularly inspect your surroundings for broken equipment and safety risks.

  • Display proper signage to warn of hazards.

  • Encourage open communication to report potential hazards.

  • Provide training on hazard recognition and risk mitigation.

Focus on these topics during National Safety Month to create safer homes, workplaces, and communities. Safety is a collective effort—let's prevent accidents and protect one another. Click here to learn more. Reach out to your agent or UBIC loss control representative if you have any questions.


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