MARSHFIELD, WI (OnFocus) – Each year, more than 5,000 workers are killed on the job. Additionally, more than 3.6 million employees are seriously injured each year while at work. Because of this, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) holds a nationwide event each August called Safe and Sound Week, which promotes the importance of companies incorporating safety and health programs into their workplace. This year, the event runs Aug. 9-15, 2021.
Employers that participate in the Safe and Sound event receive invaluable help from the resources provided when it comes to jumpstarting their safety and health programs. What’s more, businesses participating in the event have the opportunity to enhance their existing programs and share their safety successes with an audience. By participating in Safe and Sound, employers proactively engage in safety activities and programs, thereby increasing safety awareness and their ability to identify and reduce hazards.
Organizations of any size or industry looking to hone their safety awareness and get recognized for their commitment to safety are welcome to participate in Safe and Sound. Last year more than 3,400 businesses participated in Safe and Sound Week to raise awareness about workers’ health and safety.
Business leaders are encouraged to share their commitment to safety and health with workers on a regular basis. They can do this by:
- Establishing a visible presence within the organization
- Delivering a safety and health message
- Publicizing their commitment to safety
Some ways a business can get workers to participate include:
- Listening and asking for feedback
- Recognizing workers for their contribution to workplace safety
- Empowering workers with safety and health information
To get involved, employers can visit the Safe and Sound website and select activities to participate in. Once the event is over, the employer can download a certificate and web badge off the website to recognize their organization’s and workers’ participation.
Locally, Marshfield Insurance and Quality Roofing, Inc recognize this important week.
Marshfield Insurance works with businesses to help them meet safety standards. Quality Roofing’s teams train in excess of OSHA standards and in excess of customer requirements because they truly value their employees and customers.
“When we are hoisting a load of construction materials on your project, we want the peace of mind knowing that the operator has formal training & certification,” said Mark and Pat Begotka, owners. “Safety is important. We want everyone to be able to go home to their family at the end of the day.”
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