Safety is the word for May: contractors can use this time to highlight not only National Electrical Safety Month but also the construction industry’s Safety Week and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) National Safety Stand-Down Week, both happening May 7–11.
To observe National Electrical Safety Month, the Electrical Safety Foundation International is offering resources to contractors to help them educate employees, customers and their communities about the steps they can take to reduce the number of electrically related fires, fatalities, injuries and property loss. The nonprofit’s Advocacy Guide includes fact sheets and related safety tips, media outreach materials and templates for social media content that contractors can use to promote electrical safety.
“May is Electrical Safety Month, and with the many events that are planned related to safety, everyone has a chance to get involved,” said Wesley L. Wheeler, NECA’s director of safety. “Using the resources from ESFI, OSHA and other safety organizations, we can all work to keep our employees and our families safe!”
Safety Week is sponsored by members of The Construction Industry Safety Initiative and the Incident & Injury Free Executive Forum. This year’s theme is “individual choice” and the organizers are encouraging construction workers and industry leaders to share why and how they make safe choices.
“We're interested in collecting stories from people across the industry," said Chris Traylor, Traylor Bros. Inc. co-president and 2018 Safety Week co-chair. "We want to demonstrate how the shared commitment to safety can help build a stronger safety culture."
Events are also being scheduled across the country, including at construction jobsites, to raise awareness of the industry's continuing commitment to eliminating worker injury.
Contractors during Safety Week can also participate in the National Safety Stand-Down, sponsored by OSHA. A safety stand-down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to workers about the job hazards they face, protective methods, and the employer’s safety policies and goals. OSHA offers suggestions for contractors to prepare for a successful stand-down, and if contractors host a free event that is open to the public, the agency is requesting that they submit the event details and contact their regional stand-down coordinator listed on OSHA’s events page.
“Since Safety Week and the National Safety Stand-down occur at the same time, reminding everyone that ‘Safety is a Core Value' and focusing on safety awareness helps to get our workers home each day,” Wheeler said.