OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week starts today! The goal of Safe + Sound Week is to encourage the introduction of more health and safety programs started while also re-energizing any existing programs that may be in place. Successful programs are crucial in proactively identifying and managing workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, while simultaneously saving money and improving a company’s competitiveness. As promised, we will be posting ideas and example activities to help structure your very own Safe + Sound Week campaign that can be adapted to your specific office and workplace environment. These activities work to increase engagement and participation in your safety and health programs by getting managers and workers thinking about and discussing what safety on the job means to them.

A strong activity to start off with, is making safety a personal issue to each of your employees by having them think about their own motivations for contributing to a safe and healthy workplace. Initiate a conversation about safety by having everyone fill out a word bubble describing why safety matters to them and what they think safety means. This can be done at a townhall meeting with sticky notes posted on a wall or in an anonymous form where all the answers are aggregated onto one sheet. Afterwards, time should be given to allow everyone to scan the compilation of responses before discussion begins. 

During the discussion, have managers and workers share photos that depict why it’s important for them to come home safely from work each day. For example, an employee may show a picture of their children with the reasoning of wanting to see them grow up or having to protect them. After the discussion, display these photos in a visible place online or at your worksite as a constant reminder of the importance of safety and why they should uphold the mandated safety practices. 

To learn more about this activity and find other discussion examples and graphics to plan and promote the safety campaign in your workplace, visit the Safe + Sound Week website at: osha.gov/safeandsoundweek/plan-and-promote. 

DII is your partner in workplace health and safety. Our team of experts can work with you to understand how to plan activities for Safe + Sound Week and how to reach your workplace audience. Please contact your DII representative for more information.  #WorkplaceSafety #OSHA #Safe+SoundWeek

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