Each year the safety community designates June as National Safety Month to raise awareness about important safety issues including slips, trips and falls, vehicular accidents, employee wellbeing and emergency preparedness. These are leading causes of death and injury at home, work and on the roads.
Think about all the things you instinctually do to be healthy and safe each day. Perhaps you grab a handrail while descending the stairs, put on your seatbelt without a thought before starting your car, perk up at the sound of tornado sirens being tested, or park a little further from an entrance to get in those extra steps.
Why do we do these things without thinking? Perhaps Maslow was right. We must feel safe, that we belong and that we matter to experience self-actualization.
Not long ago, I sat in an Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) kick-off meeting for a large construction project where the carrier stated they had “built in” costs for at least one fatality on the project. Those of us representing the general contractor were appalled. We quickly stated that a fatality on our site would be unacceptable and we would do everything in our power to ensure each and every person under our care would go home to their families each night. Thankfully, our teams’ commitment to safety proved that estimate wrong.
Creating a positive safety culture makes a big difference in preventing injuries and generating safety awareness. The promotion of health and safety is something every size and type of employer can support. Protecting your employees is a good business decision and is the right thing to do.
June is a great time to get started if you haven’t already. Start by assessing your workplace and addressing any hazards you or your employees identify. Talk to your staff and your family alike about what to do in the event of an emergency, recommit to a workout plan, or institute a “no phone policy” while driving. All of these small things can have big results.
Today is the day to recommit to making your world a little safer! For additional resources to help get you started, visit the National Safety Council’s website. Or contact your local Marsh & McLennan Agency loss control representative for assistance.