The National Safety Council (NSC) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of National Safety Month, an annual observance in June created to inspire people to keep each other safe. Together with exclusive sponsor, VelocityEHS, NSC is encouraging employers to dedicate the month to improve their safety culture and keep workers safe through unparalleled information, strategies and tools to complement its weekly themes.
NSC first launched National Safety Month in 1996 to educate and encourage safe behaviors around the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths at work, on the roads and in communities. According to the most recent years of data available, fatal work injuries and roadway deaths are on the rise, with 5,333 Americans dying at work in 2019, the highest number of workplace deaths in over a decade, and 42,060 people estimated to have died on the roads in 2020, the highest number of motor vehicle deaths since 2007.
In the 25 years since it was first established, the annual observance has become an essential touchpoint for EHS professionals and the industries they serve.
Participants can access a variety of free materials at nsc.org/nsm on four weekly topics including:
Week 1 – Prevent Incidents Before They Start: Identifying risks and taking proactive safety measures to reduce hazard exposure on important topics from ergonomics to chemical management is crucial to creating a safe workplace.
Week 2 – Address Ongoing COVID-19 Safety Concerns: As the pandemic continues, employers play an important role in the expanding of operations, building trust around vaccines, mental health and so much more.
Week 3 – It’s Vital to Feel Safe on the Job: Being able to be one’s self at work without fear of retaliation is necessary for an inclusive culture. Leading organizations’ focus goes beyond just physical safety.
Week 4 – Advance Your Safety Journey: Safety is all about continuous improvement. Whether organizationally or individually, NSC and VelocityEHS can help provide guidance as companies move forward in safety maturity and continuously improve along the way.
“As organizations navigated the biggest workplace safety hazard in a generation, traditional safety risks never paused, and far too many people did not make it home to their loved ones at the end of their day,” said Lorraine Martin, NSC president and CEO. “This year, we aim to inspire and support the EHS community to make people’s lives safer on and off the job. We are deeply grateful to VelocityEHS for their generous support of this important observance and shared commitment to safety.”
In celebration of the 25th anniversary, participants are encouraged to recognize a safety professional – or anyone who inspires you to be safe – with a donation NSC. VelocityEHS will match every donation made in June up to $25,000. Donations help fuel the NSC mission to save lives from the workplace to anyplace.
“VelocityEHS is a natural partner for NSC for their National Safety Month, as employers and the community will continue to focus on safety in the post-COVID new normal,” said John Damgaard, CEO of VelocityEHS. “Both organizations are committed to the same mission of helping save lives and reduce injuries from the workplace to anyplace. Together we can share information and insights that will set the tone for the rest of the industry to use to work through this difficult time and beyond.”
In addition to sponsoring National Safety Month, VelocityEHS continues to work with NSC to champion safety throughout the year by participating in a series of webinars and contributing blog posts covering issues most relevant to today’s workforce. Visit www.ehs.com/nationalsafetymonth for more information.