Safe + Sound is a year-round campaign to encourage every workplace to have a safety and health program.
Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe.
A safety and health program is a proactive way to manage hazards in the workplace to prevent injuries and illnesses. Several program models are available for employers to follow, including OSHA’s Recommended Practices for Safety and Health
Programs, NSC’s Journey to Safety Excellence, ANSI Z-10, or international standards such as ISO 45001. All successful safety and health programs involve three key components:
• Management leadership
• Worker participation
• A systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards.
No matter where your business is on safety and health, initiating a program or energizing an existing one using any of these approaches can help you take a step in the right direction.
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.
Safety and health programs can help you:
• Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses
• Improve compliance with laws and regulations
• Reduce costs, including significant reductions in workers’ compensation premiums, pay for time away from work, expenses for hiring and training replacement workers, and loss or damage to material, machinery, and property
• Engage workers
• Enhance your social responsibility goals
• Increase productivity and enhance
overall business operations
All organizations looking for an opportunity to recognize their commitment to safety are welcome to participate. Last year, more than 5,300 businesses helped to raise awareness about workers’ health and safety!
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OSHA recognizes that regulations alone are not enough to change the safety culture in America, but a safety and health program is a way to start the journey to a safer workplace. Today’s responsible business owners are actively managing safety in the workplace—why not get started now?