Every year since 1997, the first week of May is dedicated to supporting safer and healthier workplaces across Canada, the United States and Mexico. As a continent-wide event, the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week shines a light on the safety concerns and goals shared by all three nations through the strength of international and community exchange.
Led by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) — and in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), Labour Canada, Threads of Life and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) — this joint initiative promotes awareness for the prevention of injuries and illness in the workplace, but also in homes and in communities. The week’s central theme “Make Safety a Habit” encourages employers, employees and the general public to develop instinctual safe responses to potentially dangerous work conditions, and to follow safety norms at all times.
Organized primarily by volunteers and community health organizations, this year’s NAOSH Week will take place between May 3 and 8, 2015 and will feature a variety of events, including conferences, trade shows, safety demonstrations and free training sessions.
Here are 3 ways you can benefit from getting your company involved in the NAOSH Week 2015.
- Encourage team building by attending local events
Shared safety responsibilities make for a safer team. By encouraging your employees to attend events together, you’re showing them that health and safety is truly everyone’s responsibility. To find events taking place near you, visit the NAOSH website and browse the events listing. Organize a poll to see which events interest your team the most. This way, you’ll get a glimpse of the kind of safety interests to revisit within your own company at a later time.
- Promote your own safety and health programs
While you’re looking for activities and demonstrations that you and your employees can attend, consider organizing your own events and posting your own announcements. The NAOSH website allows you to submit and list your own event for free. Hosting your own event can also serve to reach out to new and existing clients by demonstrating your expertise and commitment to answering their safety needs.
- Review, assess and update your health and safety regulations
The NAOSH Weeks provides you with the perfect opportunity to review your workplace health and safety regulations. Are all your workers up to date with their required forklift training? Do all your aid stations include complete and adequate supplies? Do all employees have quick and easy access to personal protective equipment? These are just a few questions you can ask yourself as you conduct a workplace inspection.
For more information about forklift safety and general safety concerns relating to the materials handling industry, reach out to the forklift experts at Liftow.