Summer is here! Warmth and sunshine. Fun in the outdoors. Beaches, pools concerts and....accidents.
In 1996, the National Safety Council (NSC) established June as National Safety Month in the United States. The goal of Summer Safety Month is to increase public awareness of the leading safety and health risks that are increased in the summer months to decrease the number of injuries and deaths at homes and workplaces. (source: https://www.chcw.org/june-is-summer-safety-month/).
According to the CDC:
As an employer, it's vital to keep your workplace safe. Here are some of the best items to keep on hand to avoid accidents, or have on hand when unfortunate accidents occur:
In the case of a burn, scrape or cut, First Aid Kits provide vital supplies to help stop bleeding, relieve pain and sanitize injuries.
In the event that your workplace loses power and does not have a generator, flashlights play an important role in keeping people safe, while navigating their way to a better-lit area or outdoors.
The sun can have serious effects on the human body. Studies show that it can take fewer than 15 minutes to get a sunburn and prolonged periods of time outdoors puts you at risk of sun poisoning. If you have an organization that employs outdoor workers, it's important to make sure they stay protected from the dangers of the sun. By providing sunscreen and extra fluids, you put an additional layer in place to ensure the safety of your staff. Sunscreen should be SPF 50 and workers should hydrate frequently.
We hope these summer safety tips help keep your workplace safe this summer and throughout the rest of the year!