National Security Council observes 26th National Security Month in June

From traditional workplace safety issues to workplace impairment, NSC has resources to help employers and employees put safety first

ITASCA, Ill., June 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Since 1996, National Safety Month has been observed and promoted each June by the National Safety Council to raise awareness of the importance of protecting each other from the workplace to anywhere. There is an increase in unintentional injuries and deaths during the summer months, and according to the most recent data available, more than 4,100 preventable workplace deaths and 4 million injuries occurred in 2020. In 2022, United States continues to face an unprecedented threat to public safety and health as the effects of the pandemic continue.

“We face some of the same security challenges today as 26 years ago, in addition to new and evolving risks,” said Lorraine Martin, President and CEO of NSC. “While safety should be a priority year-round, the National Safety Council urges employers and employees to focus even more intensely on safety this month. We believe that an investment in increased focus on safety in June – working together, taking safety personally and speaking up to keep everyone safe – will pay dividends throughout the year.”

The NSC kicked off National Safety Month with a focus on the most common workplace injury: musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). At an inaugural summit on June 2, 2022, more than 15 of the nation’s leading organizations have signed the MSD Pledge, a commitment to improving workplace safety, reducing MSD risks and improving the well-being of all workers. In addition to MSDs, the NSC has identified other ongoing safety issues to focus on each week during National Safety Month, including:

  • Week 1: Musculoskeletal disorders – MSDs are the leading cause of workplace injuries and cost billions each year in workers’ compensation and lost productivity.
  • Week 2: Professional impairment – Substance use is a workplace safety issue, but did you know that mental distress, stress and fatigue are also life-altering? Impairment poses a risk to every workplace, but addressing it in any form can directly contribute to worker safety and well-being while saving organizations costs.
  • Week 3: Injury Prevention – In 2020 alone, more than 4 million occupational accidents required medical treatment in United States. Preventing workplace injuries can save lives, keep workers safe and save hundreds of billions of dollars every year.
  • Week 4: Slips, trips and falls – With falls being the second leading cause of death from unintentional injuries, we need to focus on reducing slips, trips and falls, falls from heights, and discuss how technology can play a role in save lives.

For more information about National Safety Month and to access free workplace safety resources such as podcasts, fact sheets, graphics and more, please visit nsc.org/nsm.

About the National Security Council

The National Safety Council is the leading nonprofit safety advocate in the United States, and has been for more than 100 years. As a mission-driven organization, we strive to eliminate the leading causes of preventable death and injury, focusing our efforts on the workplace, the road and impairments. We create a culture of safety not only to keep people safe at work, but also beyond the workplace so they can live their lives to the fullest.

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