OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has named the week of August 13 National Safe + Sound Week.  Its purpose is to raise awareness and to encourage businesses to develop a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in the workplace.

Organizations of all sizes and in every industry are encouraged to participate this week to show their commitment to worker, customer and public safety.  South Dakota 811 recommends that as many of you as possible plan participating activities.

Activities don’t have to be elaborate.   They could be as simple as a series of emails talking about management’s commitment to a safe and healthy workplace.  HERE are some other Safe + Sound activities with limited time commitments.

If you do participate this week, you are encouraged to enter your information HERE to be recognized for your participation. Just click on the “Are You Participating” button.  There are certificates of participation available to download on the site.

Despite having a whole week dedicated to Safe + Sound activities, the program is more than a single week of activities, it is a philosophy that a safe and healthy workplace makes good business sense.  Here are some suggestions for implementing this philosophy throughout the year.

  1. Establish safety and health as a core value.
  2. Lead by example.
  3. Implement a reporting system.
  4. Provide training.
  5. Conduct inspections.
  6. Collect hazard control ideas.
  7. Implement hazard controls.
  8. Address emergencies.
  9. Seek input on workplace changes.
  10. Make improvements to the program.


Until next week, dig safely.

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