National Safety Month

Celebrate National Safety Month across your organization

National Safety Month is an annual observance held every June in the United States, organized by the National Safety Council (NSC)

National Safety Month’s primary goal is to raise awareness about safety issues and promote a safety culture in various environments, including the workplace, at home, and in the community. The initiative focuses on preventing injuries and deaths by encouraging safe practices and providing educational resources.

 

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Why Celebrate National Safety Month?

  1. Raising Awareness: It raises awareness of the importance of safety in the workplace, at home, and in the community, emphasizing the need for preventive measures to avoid accidents and injuries.

  2. Promoting Safe Practices: It encourages organizations and individuals to adopt and promote safe practices, reducing the risk of accidents and enhancing overall safety.

  3. Education and Training: It allows companies to educate and train their employees on safety protocols and best practices, ensuring everyone is well-informed about potential hazards and how to avoid them.

  4. Preventing Injuries and Fatalities: By focusing on safety, the initiative aims to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities caused by accidents, contributing to a safer environment for everyone.

  5. Encouraging a Safety Culture: National Safety Month fosters a safety culture within organizations and communities, making safety a core value and priority in daily activities.

  6. Compliance and Standards: It helps businesses stay compliant with safety regulations and standards, avoiding legal issues and ensuring a safe working environment.

  7. Highlighting Specific Safety Topics: Each year, different themes and topics are highlighted, such as emergency preparedness, wellness, and driving safety, providing targeted information and resources on various aspects of safety.

  8. Engaging the Community: It involves the community in safety efforts, encouraging people to take proactive steps in ensuring their own safety and the safety of others.

  9. Reducing Costs: By preventing accidents and injuries, National Safety Month helps reduce the financial burden associated with medical expenses, lost productivity, and legal fees.

  10. Building Public Trust: Demonstrating a commitment to safety enhances an organization’s reputation and builds trust with employees, customers, and the community.

Using Incentives for National Safety Month

Simple Ways to Drive Engagement

Providing gift cards and merchandise to employees for National Safety Month can be a great way to promote safety awareness and reward employees for their commitment to maintaining a safe work environment.

Here are some ways to implement this:

Gift Cards

 

    • Safety Quiz Competitions: Organize quizzes on safety protocols and offer gift cards as prizes for the top performers.
    • Spot Rewards: Distribute gift cards on the spot to employees who demonstrate exemplary safety practices or report potential hazards.
    • Safety Milestones: Reward employees who reach certain safety milestones (e.g., zero accidents for a month) with gift cards.
    • Safety Training Completion: During National Safety Month, offer gift cards to employees who complete safety training programs or certifications.
    • Random Drawings: Conduct random drawings for all employees participating in safety activities, with gift cards as prizes.

Merchandise

    • Safety Quiz Competitions: Organize quizzes on safety protocols and offer gift cards as prizes for the top performers.
    • Spot Rewards: Distribute gift cards on the spot to employees who demonstrate exemplary safety practices or report potential hazards.
    • Safety Milestones: Reward employees who reach certain safety milestones (e.g., zero accidents for a month) with gift cards.
    • Safety Training Completion: During National Safety Month, offer gift cards to employees who complete safety training programs or certifications.
    • Random Drawings: Conduct random drawings for all employees participating in safety activities, with gift cards as prizes.

Merchandise

    • Safety Gear: To reward safety compliance, provide branded safety gear such as helmets, gloves, and safety vests.
    • Office Supplies: Distribute practical office supplies, such as ergonomic chairs, standing desks, or branded water bottles with safety messages.
    • Apparel: Offer branded clothing items, such as T-shirts, hats, or jackets, featuring safety slogans or company logos.
    • Tech Gadgets: Reward employees with gadgets that can enhance workplace safety, such as noise-canceling headphones, fitness trackers, or portable chargers.
    • Wellness Products: Provide wellness products that promote overall health and safety, like first aid kits, stress relief items, or fitness equipment.

Implementation Ideas

 

    • Safety Week Events: Organize themed weeks during National Safety Month, focusing on different safety topics each week, and provide rewards related to those themes.
    • Safety Fair: Host a safety fair where employees can participate in safety demonstrations and workshops and receive merchandise or gift cards.
    • Recognition Ceremony: Hold a ceremony to recognize and reward employees for significantly contributing to a safer workplace.
    • Safety Challenges: Create team-based safety challenges where the winning team receives gift cards or merchandise.
    • Feedback Programs: Encourage employees to provide feedback on safety improvements, rewarding the best suggestions with gift cards or merchandise.

 

By incorporating these methods, you can effectively promote safety awareness and show appreciation for employees’ efforts in maintaining a safe work environment during National Safety Month.

Factory Workers - National Safety Month

Create a Buzz for National Safety Month

Here are a few ideas to highlight and create some excitement for women in engineering.

Host a Luncheon

Create a casual setting where women engineers can share their experiences and achievements

Guest Speakers

Invite successful women engineers to speak or participate in panel discussions to inspire and inform.

Workshops and Training

Offer workshops focused on professional development, leadership, and technical skills. 

Start a Mentorship Program

Launch or promote mentorship initiatives connecting junior women engineers with experienced professionals.

Award Acomplishments

Acknowledging accomplishments with gifts is a meaningful way to celebrate and motivate your team.

Highlight Successes

Use your internal and external communications channels like social media, newsletters or intranet posts to showcase the contributions of women engineers in your company.

Let Everyone Enjoy!

Make Sure to Include Virtual Staff and Remote Employees

If you are having events or seminars make sure you include remote staff.

Give virtual employees workers plenty of advance notice that you’re having a session. If you are having a lunch, include them as well.

You can automate the sending of gift cards to the food establishment of their choice so they may participate.

Track redemption progress so you can make sure everyone gets to participate. 

There are plenty of choices to make sure your remote staff get the food they want – either in a local restaurant – or delivered right to their home.

  • Local Merchant Cards, including local restaurants
  • National food and pizza chain cards
  • Food delivery services; GrubHub, DoorDash, and Uber Eats
  • Payments via Visa/Mastercard, and payment providers

Send virtual staff a choice of cards from local and national food options with instructions on how to participate in your  luncheon event.

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National Safety Month History

Workers Leaving the Factory at the End of the Day

Key Milestones:

1996: Official launch of National Safety Month by the NSC.

2000s: Introduction of weekly themes focusing on specific safety topics, such as driving safety, workplace ergonomics, and home safety.

2010s: Expansion of digital resources and online training programs to reach a broader audience.

2020s: Increased focus on mental health and wellness as integral components of overall safety, particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Safety Month remains vital in promoting a safety culture and preventing injuries and fatalities across various environments. The continued efforts of the NSC and participating organizations ensure that safety remains a priority for everyone.

National Safety Month continues to adapt to emerging safety challenges and trends. Recent themes have included topics like mental health, opioid awareness, and pandemic response, reflecting the evolving nature of safety concerns.
Here’s a detailed overview of its history:
    • The National Safety Council was founded in 1913 in response to the growing number of workplace injuries and fatalities during industrialization.
 
    • The NSC’s mission has always been to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes, and communities.
 
    • National Safety Month was officially established in June 1996 by the NSC.
 
    • The aim was to increase public awareness of safety issues and to encourage proactive measures to prevent accidents and injuries.
  Each year, National Safety Month features different themes and focus areas to address a wide range of safety issues. These themes are designed to highlight specific safety aspects and provide targeted information and resources. Over the years, the scope of activities and campaigns during National Safety Month has expanded significantly. Activities now include webinars, workshops, safety training sessions, community events, and widespread distribution of educational materials. Participation includes workplaces, schools, community organizations, and local governments. Employers are encouraged to engage their employees in safety discussions and activities, while communities organize events to promote public safety. National Safety Month has played a crucial role in reducing the number of accidents and injuries by promoting awareness and preventive measures. It has gained widespread recognition and support from various sectors, including businesses, healthcare organizations, and government agencies.

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