New Indy Ivex Specialty Paper’s number one priority in the workplace is safety for everyone, and June is our favorite month because it is National Safety Month! Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages, and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1-44. But there are many things people can do to stay safe, prevent injuries, and spread the word. Make a difference: Spread the word about ways to reduce the risk of injuries. Encourage communities, workplaces, families, and individuals to identify and report safety hazards. This June, Ivex encourages you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, and slips, trips, and falls. All types of jobs – even desk jobs – can lead to injuries, so please be aware of the precautions to take and the ways to improve safety in your workplace.
The National Safety Month website provides a list of tips for protecting against accidental falls, both at home and at work:
- Aisles, stairs, and walkways should be clutter-free; spills should be wiped, dropped objects should be picked up, and cabinet drawers must be closed when not in use.
- Use handrails in stairways; take one step at a time and report or repair broken stair coverings.
- Apply nonskid floor coatings and slip-resistant mats where falls are likely. Slow down and take small steps when walking on a wet or slippery surface.
- Inspect ladders before and after every use.
- Wear proper footwear. Athletic shoes greatly reduce the risk of falls among the elderly. The risk of falling increases if in stocking feet or barefoot.
- Use non-skid throw rugs to reduce chances of slipping linoleum.
- Store frequently used items in easy-to-reach areas.
- Exercise regularly. The stronger the body, the more likely a person is to sustain a fall with minimal injury.
Following these tips, as well as other tips on the National Safety Month website, promotes safety around the home, on the road, and in the workplace.
There are also ways to help spread the word! You can add information about safety to your newsletter, Tweet about National Safety Month, host a community event where families can learn about the many ways to prevent injuries, add a web badge to your website, blog, or social networking profiles, etc. You can also encourage your employees to take the SafeAtWork Pledge!