OSHA's 2018 'Safe + Sound Week'

Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promotes a "Safe + Sound Week" to encourage businesses, employees and organizations to increase their awareness of workplace safety and health. This year's "Safe + Sound Week" runs from Monday, Aug. 13, to Sunday, Aug. 19.

Over 200 businesses and organizations, including the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), partner with OSHA to promote the importance of safety and health programs.

"Implementing a safety and health program is one of the most effective ways to reduce injuries and illnesses, and improve business," said OSHA in a press release. "Effective programs can increase worker satisfaction, improve productivity, and reduce costs associated with workplace injuries."

OSHA encourages businesses and other organizations of any size and in any industry to participate. There are three steps to participating in the program.

Step one is to select your activities. OSHA suggests participants should "plan activities and events that include at least one, but preferably all three, of the core elements of a successful safety and health program: management leadership, worker participation, and finding and fixing a hazard."

Examples of management leadership include delivering a safety and health message, establishing a visible presence to promote safety and health, and taking your commitment to safety and health beyond your organization.

Examples of worker participation include encouraging workers to provide feedback, empowering workers with safety and health information, and recognizing workers and teams for their contributions to workplace safety.

Examples of finding and fixing a hazard include spotlighting hazards and controls, creating contests and competitions, and conducting analyses to identify hazards.

Step two is to plan and promote your events. Examples suggested by OSHA include event agendas, checklists, invitations, flyers, logos, web badges, posters, banners, decals, press releases, articles, e-mails, and social media outreach.

Step three is to contact OSHA after you have completed your week's activities if you wish to receive a certificate of recognition and a web badge from OSHA.

For more information on this year's "Safe + Sound Week," including information on how to contact OSHA for your certificate and badge, visit https://www.osha.gov/safeandsoundweek.

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