In 1996, the National Safety Council established June as National Safety Month.” The aim was and, continues to be, increasing awareness of the leading safety and health risks and ultimately decrease the number of unintentional injuries and deaths. Everyday there are 107,000 injuries in the U.S. with almost all of them being preventable.” This year’s theme is Keep Each Other Safe.
As I perused the National Safety Council website on National Safety Month, I became curious about just who or what the National Safety Council (NSC) is. Additional web browsing produced some very interesting details. The mission of the NSC, according to the website, is: “The National Safety Council eliminates preventable death at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.” The NSC has posted a fascinating timeline of its history and other safety-related events that show us their strong influence and advocacy for improving the environment in which we live, work and play. Here are some excerpts from that timeline:
In 1912, the First Safety Congress was held by a small group of business leaders who met in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to discuss American workers’ safety. They determined a need to establish an organization responsible for the preservation of human Life. The Second Safety Congress in 1913 created the National Council for Industrial Safety to be a “clearing house of safety information for all concerned.” One year later, the name was changed to the National Safety Council to reflect a broader focus on safety issues.
Throughout the past century, the NSC has helped industries make great progress in addressing safety hazards and advocating for better design, working conditions and accountability through the combined efforts of the safety movement. As a result, the NSC says we are better able to protect our most important assets: people and the environment. The NSC timeline is a fascinating compilation of not only NSC initiatives, but safety-related initiatives of others, including the federal government with the establishment of OSHA, NIOSH and the EPA, along with highlighting catastrophes through the years that triggered safety initiatives.
Now back to this year’s initiative and the National Safety Month theme: Keep Each Other Safe. Materials will be available for use to help stimulate safety awareness, which will include a focus on the theme of keeping each other safe. I would like to suggest that your company announce for June an incentive to the person or persons who actively promotes safety to fellow employees “to keep them safe. Employees who bring attention to areas needing safety improvement, with suggestions on how to improve, should receive the incentive. Employees could be awarded movie tickets, a dinner-for-two voucher to a local restaurant or a small monetary award.
Let us all work, not only during the month of June, but throughout the entire year to make each other safe!
THATS Foundation Chairman