Washington — OSHA, NIOSH and a number of safety organizations – including the National Safety Council – are teaming up for the fourth annual Safe + Sound Week, scheduled for Aug. 10-16.
The nationwide initiative is aimed at promoting awareness and understanding of workplace safety and health programs. Participating agencies and organizations are encouraging employers to host events highlighting the importance of programs that focus on management leadership, worker participation, and finding and fixing workplace hazards.
“Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line,” OSHA states.
“Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started, energize an existing one or provide a chance to recognize your safety successes.”
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, about 2.8 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses were reported among private-sector U.S. employees in 2018. Fatal workplace injuries totaled 5,250 in 2018 – the most since 2007.