Every workplace should have a safety and health program that includes management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards. Safe + Sound is a year-round campaign to encourage every workplace to have a safety and health program. This nationwide effort raises awareness of the value of workplace safety and health programs. OSHA’s website provides five activities to help businesses focus on safety and participate in this year’s Safe + Sound week.
Safe + Sound Week activities:
- Take 3 in 30 Challenge
- Check on Safety Challenge
- All in on Safety Challenge
- Lead With Safety Challenge
- Eyes on Safety Challenge
Take 3 in 30 Challenge
Management Leadership is a core element of successful workplace safety programs. Take 3 in 30 to accelerate your program and show your commitment to your workplace.
- Take 3 actions in 30 days
- Share in your workplace
- Accept your challenge Coin
Check on Safety Challenge
Finding and fixing hazards is another core element of effective workplace safety programs. This can help you move your business forward to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Start building your approach by taking this Check on Safety Challenge.
- Identify: Review your workers’ compensation claim records and OSHA injury logs to prioritize areas for improvement. Conduct a safety walk-around to inspect your workplace for hazards. Focus on hazardous tasks by doing a job hazard analysis.
- Involve: Offer workers a way to report hazards they find on the job. Provide training on hazard awareness and control.
- Plan: Make a plan to control hazards and review regularly. Prepare your workplace for non-routine operations and emergencies.
- Control: Select controls that are the most feasible, effective, and permanent.
- Start building your approach by taking this Check on Safety Challenge. Do this activity and earn your challenge coin.
All in on Safety Challenge
Another core element of a workplace safety program is worker participation. It’s important to create an environment where all workers feel included, heard, and respected. Accelerate your program and encourage your workers to be all in on safety!
- Identify a workplace safety activity that helps build a more diverse and accepting workplace. Advance workplace safety and health by involving your workers in a significant way.
- Recognize workers who participate. It is important for your workers to see that their participation makes a difference. Give workers who participate a certificate, personalized appreciation card, or other types of recognition that is meaningful in your workplace.
- Download your challenge coin.
Lead With Safety Challenge
In a workplace, management provides the leadership, vision, and resources needed to implement an effective safety program. Managers, we challenge you to show how you Lead with Safety. Identify a safety or health issue in your workplace and take steps to address it today to earn your challenge coin.
- Identify a pressing safety or health issue in your workplace.
- Take one or more steps to address the issue in your workplace.
- Download your challenge coin and share how you Lead with Safety.
Eyes on Safety Challenge
Workplace inspections are an important tool for identifying hazards and resolving them. Whether you inspect your workplace on a regular basis or are just getting your workplace safety program started, conduct a safety walkaround to show how you have Eyes on Safety today to earn your challenge coin.
- Plan your safety walkaround. You’ll need to familiarize yourself with the workplace, its operations, and the most hazardous work areas, tasks, or activities.
- Make an inspection checklist using examples from the OSHA small business handbook or other published sources.
- Determine what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) you’ll need.
- Conduct your Safety Walkaround.
- Inspect each work area starting with easily identifiable hazards, talk to workers, including new hires, and note hazards that need to be evaluated further.
- Follow up on what you found. Prioritize the hazards you found based on how severe an injury could be and how likely an injury is to happen. Share this information with management and ask for their commitment to fix hazards.
- Download your challenge coin and share that you have Eyes on Safety.
These are five simple yet effective challenges to help communicate your commitment to a safe workplace for all employees. Upon completion of each challenge, employers are encouraged to download a virtual challenge coin and proudly display it as a way to encourage other businesses to focus on safety too.