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June is National Safety Month

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Starting June 1, Smart911 is celebrating National Safety Month, an annual event by the National Safety Council that focuses on saving lives and preventing injuries, from the workplace to anyplace.

Given the Coronavirus pandemic, the National Safety Council (NSC) has adapted their resources to provide real-time and relevant content on a variety of topics for keeping workers safe. 

Each week in June will be dedicated to a different safety topic:

Week 1: Mental Health. It’s important that employees are taking the time they need to make sure they are well. Fatigue is one way an employee’s mental health is at risk. 

Week 2: Ergonomics and overexertion. According to the NSC, overexertion causes 35% of all work-related injuries and is the leading reason for lost workdays. 

Week 3: Building a Safety Culture. Having a safety culture means that people share the same beliefs, perceptions, and values of safety when at work. This could be as simple as people recognize it’s not safe to light candles in the office or microwave tinfoil.  

Week 4: Driving. More than 20 states have a law that prohibits drivers from using handheld cellphones while driving. While there are variations on this, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, nearly all states ban new drivers and school bus drivers from using a handheld cellphone when driving. 

 

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