The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is gearing up for its annual Safe + Sound Week. From Aug. 12 through the 18, this national event is intended to recognize the benefits of workplace health and safety programs while also providing employers with tips on how to lower the risk of worker injury in their workplace.
2019 marks the third time OSHA has held its annual Safe + Sound Week, the first of which occurred back in 2017. It's safe to say the event has been a success (no pun intended), as OSHA reported lower rates of work-related injuries following each event.
So, what can you can expect with this year's Safe + Sound Week? Given that it's an optional event, you aren't required to participate. However, OSHA encourages all employers in the United States to use this opportunity to recognize and celebrate their workplace health and safety programs. You can either host your private safety event, or you can participate in one of the countless public events being held. Regardless, the primary purpose of Safe + Sound Week is to draw attention to your business's workplace safety and health program.
OSHA also encourages employers to share their Safe + Sound Week activities on social media. Assuming your business has a digital presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or other social media networks, you can share photos and news stories related to your health and safety program as well as any Safe + Sound Week events in which you participate.
"Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started, energize an existing one, or provide a chance to recognize your safety successes," explained OSHA on its website.
OSHA added that workplace injuries and illnesses have a wide-reaching effect. Contrary to what some people believe, workplace injuries and illnesses don't just affect workers and their families; they affect businesses. When a worker sustains a work-related injury or illness, your business may face additional expenses associated with Workers' Compensation, training, insurance and legal fees. By participating in this year's Safe + Sound Week, however, you can promote a safer working environment while lowering the risk of injury and illness in the process.
You can learn more about OSHA's annual Safe + Sound Week by clicking here.