OSHA to Implement Dedicated Week for Safety
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an initiative by the United States Department of Labor, are launching “Safe+Sound Week”, to run from June 12 to 18, 2017.
The event’s intention is to raise awareness of the importance of workplace safety – not just a matter of compliance, but also for creating a heightened degree of worker safety and in turn productivity.
While the focus is on many industries, from the point of view of working at height, one point of emphasis is likely to be on the types of accidents that occur in the construction industry. For example, in 2015, 364 out of 937 total construction-related deaths were the result of a fall.
To decrease these accidents, management teams are being encouraged to lead the way for safety, through putting safety at the center of their operations. And workers themselves will be put at the center of the consultative cycle, as they are the people who will most likely be able to identify dangers first-hand, with suggestions for how to eliminate such dangers.
Companies can sign up to take part; they will receive information from OSHA during the event week that outlines ways the business can improve their safety, in a very specialized way, according to the unique dangers presented by each worksite.
And relevant associations have already signed up as event partners, including the Scaffold and Access Industry Association (SAIA).