June is National Safety Month


It’s time to repair broken steps, check your ladders, and install lighting in dim hallways – June is National Safety Month.

During National Safety Month, the National Safety Council (NSC) promotes the prevention of injuries and accidental deaths at the workplace, at home and on the road by calling attention to common safety and health risks.

Each week in June will be dedicated to publicizing a different safety risk and the National Safety Month Web site will provide a list of protective tips, including the following:

  • 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. Slip-resistant mats, ideal for slick floors at work and at home, are also covered by an American National Standard. ANSI/ASSE A1264.2-2006, Standard for the Provision of Slip Resistance on Walking/Working Surfaces is especially relevant to aging adults, who may be faced with more serious consequences from a fall. This standard was developed by ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
  • Inspect ladders before and after every use. Several American National Standards provide safety requirements for ladders. ANSI A14.1-2007, Ladders – Wood – Safety Requirements, prescribes rules and establishes minimum requirements for the construction, testing, care, and use of portable wood ladders. Metal ladders are also covered by standards for safety: ANSI A14.2-2007, Ladders – Portable Metal – Safety Requirements provides equivalent safety standards for metal ladders. These standards were developed by the American Ladder Institute (ALI), an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer.

Following these tips, as well as the others detailed on the National Safety Month Web site, promotes safety around the home, on the road, and at the workplace. Voluntary consensus standards can help to ensure the effectiveness of these suggestions in preventing accidents and injuries.

Visit the National Safety Month site for more information on safety and accident prevention.

Excerpts from this article were taken from Reliableplant.com

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