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OSHA - What is Safe + Sound Week?

image Joann Natarajan, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA, Austin, TX

HOUSTON - Safe + Sound Week is August 13-19, 2018









    A nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces. Participating in Safe + Sound Week is easy.
    To get started, select the activities you would like to do at your workplace. You can host an event just for your workers or host a public event to engage your community. Below are examples of potential activities and tools to help you plan and promote your events available. After you’ve completed your events, you can download a certificate and web badge to recognize your organization and your workers at https://www.osha.gov/safeandsoundweek/ 
    Management leadership is a demonstrated commitment at the highest levels of an organization to safety and health. It means that business owners, executives, managers, and supervisors make safety and health a core organizational value, establish goals, provide resources, and set a good example.
    Here are a few ways you can show management leadership during Safe + Sound Week.
•    Deliver a safety and health message
•    Establish a visible presence to promote safety and health
•    Formalize and publicize your commitment to safety and health)
•    Take your commitment to safety and health beyond your organization)
    Worker participation is meaningfully engaging workers at all levels in establishing, implementing, evaluating, and improving safety and health in the workplace. This means workers understand they are a valuable partner in making their workplace safer and are encouraged and able to communicate with management about hazards on the job.
    Here are a few ways you can engage your workers during Safe + Sound Week.
•    Show you are listening and ask for feedback
•    Empower workers with safety and health information
•    Recognize workers or teams for contributions to workplace safety
•    Partner for safety and health planning
    A systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards is a proactive, ongoing process to identify and control sources of potential injuries or illnesses. This means establishing procedures to collect and review information about known or potential hazards in the workplace, investigating the root cause of those hazards, and prioritizing hazard controls. Identifying and correcting these hazards before someone gets hurt ensures that workers go home to their families safe and sound after every shift.
    Here are a few ways you can find and fix hazards during Safe + Sound Week.
•    Spotlight hazards and controls
•    Create challenges, contests, and competitions
•    Evaluate safety and health processes and systems
•    Conduct analyses to identify hazards

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