June is National Safety Month

  • May 13, 2022

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:

  • 27% of the 888,220 nonfatal work injuries resulting in days away from work in 2019 were related to slips, trips, and falls1
  • 229,410 injuries due to contact with objects and equipment in 2019 were so severe that they resulted in time away from work1
  • In 2019, 1,270 U.S. workers died in work-related crashes involving motor vehicles (24% of all deaths)2
  • Workers less than 25 years of age have higher rates of occupational injuries treated in emergency departments than other age groups3, 4
  • An estimated 2.4 million workers sustained work-related injuries and were treated in emergency departments during 20193
  • In 2019, the rate4 of emergency department-treated, work-related injuries was estimated at 156 per 10,000 full-time equivalent workers
  • Male workers accounted for approximately 64% of the work-related injuries treated in emergency departments
  • The three leading causes of work-related injuries treated in an emergency department were contact with objects and equipment, overexertion and bodily reaction, and falls, slips and trips without a fall

(source: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/injury/fastfacts.html)

 

 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:

 

First Aid Kit:

In the case of a burn, scrape or cut, First Aid Kits provide vital supplies to help stop bleeding, relieve pain and sanitize injuries.

 

first aid kit

Flashlights

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.

Maglite flashlight in box with batteries

Sunscreen and Water:

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. 

sunscreenbottled water

We hope these summer safety tips help keep your workplace safe this summer and throughout the rest of the year!