National Safety Month Resource Roundup
With so many changes in our lives, and new ones coming every day, it can be hard to keep up with new trends and resources. For example, National Safety Month has a whole new meaning during a global pandemic. But never fear, we’ve rounded up some of our best safety resources to keep us up to speed.
The National Safety Council (NSC), the nation’s leading nonprofit safety advocate, provides real-time, relevant resources on a variety of topics for keeping workers safe and, best of all, they are highly aware of our “new normal” and offer free materials on the pressing topics of today. Below, we’ll delve into some of our content around the NSC’s focus areas as well as some additional resources around safety during the coronavirus pandemic.
1. Coronavirus Health & Safety
Whether virtually or in-person, many employees are back to work, facing new safety guidelines and protocols during the ongoing and continuously developing coronavirus pandemic. Because of the constantly changing information around the virus, staying up-to-date on best practices is critical to keeping your teams safe.
Vector Solutions’ Coronavirus Resource Center provides up-to-date, CDC-based safety resources for families, employers and employees, businesses, caregivers, first responders, and cleaning and disinfecting crews.
Complimentary trainings available through Vector’s Coronavirus Resource Center include:
- Coronavirus 101: What You Need to Know
- Coronavirus 102: Preparing Your Household
- Coronavirus 103: Managing Stress and Anxiety
- Coronavirus 104: Transitioning to a Remote Workforce
- Coronavirus 105: Cleaning and Disinfecting Common Spaces
- Coronavirus 106: CDC Guidelines for Using Cloth Face Masks
- Coronavirus 107: Reopening Your Organization
2. Mental Health
As humans, mental health is critical to our safety and wellbeing and, in stressful times like these, it can be even harder to maintain our mental wellness.
“A positive work environment and healthy work-life balance can support employees’ mental health efforts and contribute overall to their lives. We dive deeper into mental health in the workplace, and how organizations can improve the mental health and lives of their employees through policies, education and training, and additional resources.”
Mental health needs to be a priority when considering safety in schools as well, especially given how coronavirus has changed so much for students right now.
“SafeColleges, a Vector Solutions Education brand and leading provider of award-winning safety and compliance solutions that help create safer and more inclusive schools, has launched a new, powerful Mental Health Awareness course for college and university students. Available now, this engaging web-based course can be a critical resource for students as they return to campus and begin a new school year that can be exciting, but also stressful and overwhelming.”
3. Building A Safety Culture
We love workplace safety programs around here, because we believe that safety has to be truly integrated into your workplace culture.
“A truly effective workplace safety program starts with buy-in. The leadership team should lead by example, complying with the program and encouraging others to do the same. Making safety a core value of your company, part of its written mission or values, is the key to building trust with your workforce and demonstrating that you value their safety and are committed to protecting it.
“The best workplace safety program is never done. As your workforce grows, or you adopt new technologies, your safety program will need to be revised and updated, too. Keep working with your teams to ensure your safety program is reflecting changes within your company and your industry.”
4. Reducing Safety Hazards & Risks
“Workplace hazards are, unfortunately, very real so Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) programs and solutions prove necessary, provide real benefits, and subsequently, meet the highest priorities of many employees.
“In fact, a study by the American Psychological Association found that millennials rank safety as an issue of workplace stress higher than any other issue – and higher than previous generations.
For many organizations, driving is the single riskiest activity their workforce participates in. Vector is dedicated to helping organizations keep their drivers safe through education and training that works.
“With an average of 1.3 million car accident fatalities worldwide each year, safer driving practices are essential for an organization to protect its personnel and ensure roadway safety. TargetSolutions’ Driver Assessment offers an innovative program built to keep drivers safe and reduce overall liability.”
Onward and Upward!
When it comes to workplace safety, our jobs are never done. It’s important to stay up-to-date on compliance and regulation changes as well as the changing needs of our employees. We’re here to help with resources, courses and solutions to help you create a culture of safety at your workplace.