June is National Safety Month

No it isn’t National Safety Inc. safety month, it’s National Safety Month as emphasized by the National Safety Council (NSC).

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Each week this month is going to focus on a different aspect of safety:

  • Week 1: Stand Up to Falls
  • Week 2: Recharge to Be In Charge (Focusing on Fatigue)
  • Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters
  • Week 4: Don’t Just Sit There (Focusing on Ergonomics)
  • Member-exclusive Bonus Week: Road Safety for Workers

Download resources and more at http://www.nsc.org/act/events/Pages/national-safety-month.aspx



April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

From the National Safety Council website…

“Thousands have died in car crashes involving cell phone use. New technology allows us to make phone calls, dictate texts or emails and update social media while driving – all actions that are proven to increase crash risk. The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to this epidemic. NSC wants empower you to put safety first and Take Back Your Drive.

NSC makes it easy to spread the message about the dangers of cell phone use while driving. Share these free posters, tip sheets, infographics and webinars on social media, your web page or via email. Please help us get the word out.”

Take the Focused Driver Challenge and pledge to drive cell free. You can pledge to your children or other loved ones that you will be an attentive driver. Share your pledge on social media if you’d like.

 


NSC Declares War on Opiates

Did you know…
That since 1999 deaths because of opiates has quadrupled?
That 45 people die every day from overdoses and misuse of opiates?
That the number of deaths from opiates is twice as much as the number of deaths from Heroin and Cocaine combined?
That 60% of those who abuse painkillers are employed full-time?

The National Safety Council is responding to this alarming trend. Have a look at their Youtube video:

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Nine CEOs Recognized by NSC for Commitment to Safety

The National Safety Council (NSC) has recognized nine CEOs for 2015 for their commitment to safety. This recognition is part of the NSC “Journey to Safety Excellence“. The nine CEOs were said to really “Get It”

The list of the nine CEOs is:

 

Read the NSC press release


400 people will die this coming weekend

According to the National Safety Council, it is estimated that almost 400 people will lose their lives on the roads during this upcoming labor day weekend.

First recommendation… Buckle up! If everyone wore their seatbelt, the NSC estimates that 144 lives may be saved.

They also give the following safety recommendations to help make sure that you aren’t one of the fatalities this coming weekend:

  • Refrain from using cell phones – handheld or hands-free – because there is no safe way to use a cell phone while driving
  • Do not manipulate in-vehicle infotainment systems or electronic devices, including GPS systems, while the vehicle is in motion
  • Make sure all passengers are buckled up and children are in safety seats appropriate for their age and size
  • Allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to speed
  • Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather
  • Designate a non-drinking driver or plan for alternative transportation, such as a taxi

Read more in a NSC white paper entitled “Labor Day Holiday Period Traffic Fatality, 2014

Please have a safe labor day weekend everyone!



June is National Safety Month

I realize that we just started the month of May, but if you are going to prepare for National Safety Month coming up in June, you’re going to need some time to prepare.

The National Safety Council website outlines the month week by week as follows:

Week 1

June 1-4

Kickoff


Week 2

June 5-11

Preventing Overexertion


Week 3

June 12-18

Teen Driving Safety


Week 4

June 19-25

Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls


Week 5

June 26-30

On the Road, Off the Phone

Sign-up and each one of the links listed above allows you to download posters, tip sheets, crossword puzzles and more.


Go to Work, it’s safer!

We spend a lot more time, on this blog, talking about workplace safety. That is partly, of course because it’s what National Safety, Inc is all about. We provide safety equipment geared primarily for individuals in the workplace.

The truth is, however, that you are 11 times more likely to get killed or seriously injured in your home than you are in the workplace.

These statistics from the National Safety Council:

Americans are safer at work than they are at home – 11 times safer.

At work:

  • 4,988 on-the-job deaths
  • 3.7 million on-the-job disabling injuries
  • $164.7 billion in on-the-job costs to society

Off work:

  • 3,200 off-the-job deaths
  • 9.4 million off-the-job disabling injuries
  • $240.3 billion in off-the-job costs to society

 

When you add friends and families into the equation there are a staggering 72,600 deaths that take place in homes and in the community from unintentional injuries, as well as over 20,200,000 disabling injuries, affecting 112 million households, costing Americans over $251.9 billion.

These injuries are from:

  • falls, especially among adults 65 and older
  • drivers who are distracted while texting or using their cell phones
  • inexperienced teen drivers
  • poisonings especially from unintentional drug overdose from painkillers or other prescription drugs
  • sports injuries
  • overexertion
  • choking
  • drowning
  • and many more incidents that we never intended to happen

If you want to do something about it, check out the NSC Safety & Health Facts Sheets. Some are available to members only, others are available to anyone. Either way, there’s plenty there to keep you busy.