In this article I will take you through why safety is important, safety topics you should target for a safety meeting or safety training, and provide corresponding free safety talks to use with your team.
April starts to see the end of winter and the start of spring. The weather gets warmer, people get outside, construction projects ramp up and more!
April is also typically a safety focus month for many different areas:
- Distracted Driving Awareness Month National
- Youth Sports Safety Month
- National Public Health Week (April 2-8)
- World Health Day (April 7)
- National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 9-13)
Here are some safety talks that are useful with the different safety focus areas for the month!
Distracted Driving Safety
Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and continues to be a cause of driving related injuries and deaths. Specifically, there are about ~3,000 deaths in auto accidents per year. Injury prevention begins with education and knowing the root causes of distracted driving. The CDC has identified three main causes of distracted driving:
- Manual distractions that cause you to remove your hand from the wheel such as using a cell phone, eating, or reaching for something in the car.
- Visual distractions that cause you to take your eyes away from the road, which can include using a GPS, looking at billboard, rubbernecking an accident, or even looking at other cars in your periphery.
- Cognitive distractions that take your mind off of driving such as singing, talking, or daydreaming.
Check out our FREE Distracted Driving Safety Talk which focuses on cell phone use statistics following by mitigating actions to help focus on the road.
Youth Sports Safety
Numerous studies have proven participation in sports increases empowerment, personal responsibility, and self control and it is vital that proper protocols are followed to ensure a safe and constructive environment.
Children should wear the correct safety gear and equipment. Ideally, teams should be made up of children of similar size and skill level. Lastly Children should also be physically fit and mentally prepared to compete.
Health is Everything Safety Talk
National Public Health Week is a time to address issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.
This year, the American Public Health Association main initiative is “Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health” to ensure everyone, in all cultural communities, has a chance at a long and healthy life. Below are some of the other topics that fall under this category.
- Violence prevention: workplace violence is any threat, disruptive behaviors, intimidation, physical aggression, or act of violence in the workplace.
- Mental health: Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States. More than 1 in 5 US adults live with a mental illness and over 1 in 5 youth (ages 13-18) either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness.
- Food nutrition helps promote overall health managing your weight, energy levels, and vitals such as cholesterol levels. A healthy diet includes a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables, proteins (lean meat and poultry, and foods low in sugar, salt, and cholesterol.
Check out our FREE safety talks that focus on Health Is Everything Safety Talk.
Workplace Violence Safety Talk
Spring is an excellent time to re-focus on workplace violence. Employers have a duty to keep their employees safe.
A few ways you can do that:
- Have a strict zero tolerance policy with regards to any workplace violence
- Deal with any threats or harassment immediately
- Encourage an open reporting atmosphere and active communication (including escalating anything to supervisors)
- Workplace violence almost never comes out of nowhere, making sure small items are addressed prevent things from escalating.
You can check out the full Workplace Violence Safety Talk here
Construction Zone Driving Safety
This initiative kicks off the construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. According to the Federal Highway Administration, work zone crashes have resulted in more than 4,400 deaths and 200,000 injuries during the past 5 years.
You can reduce the number of occurrences by following the guidelines below:
- Recognize and Obey Work Zone signs such as adjusted speed limit and traffic merge signs.
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings by removing all distractions such as cell phone usage, eating, drinking, and talking.
- Expect the Unexpected. When you anticipate hazards your ability to react to them is enhanced.
- Remain Patient. According to the Federal Highway Administration, it takes only an extra 25 seconds to cover 1 mile at 45 mph compared to 65 mph.
There are an addition 320+ Member Safety Talks that cover a variety of safety topics such as Construction Zone Driving Safety Talk.
Achieving Safety Goals Safety Talk
Workers Memorial Day was established to recognize workers killed or injured on the job and to renew the fight for strong safety and health protections.
Establishing safety goals is perhaps the most impactful way to establish a safety culture and health protocols. Any company that focuses on improving workplace safety aims to get their employees home in the same health they came into work or better every single day.
For many companies, there are larger expressed goals attached to this effort. Often the goal for many worksites or companies as a whole is to make it an entire year without any injuries. For other companies, it may just be no lost time injuries in a year.
Despite what the goal is or the duration set, one thing is for certain- it takes focused effort every single day to achieve it.
Check out our FREE Achieving Safety Goals Safety Talk which provides safety goal importance and examples.
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