‘Safety Means Always Coming Home’ Theme of Safety Week
"Safety Means Always Coming Home" is the theme for the May 3-9 North American Occupational Safety & Health (NAOSH) Week. The annual campaign of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
Many past entries of ASSE’s annual ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest for children have included the message that ‘Safety Always Means Coming Home’ for their moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends.
According to NAHB’s “Residential Construction Industry Fatalities” study, from 2003 to 2006 more than 4,700 construction workers, nearly one-third in the home building industry, never made it home — losing their lives from on-the-job injuries.
NAHB works closely with OSHA to provide the residential construction industry with information, guidance and access to training resources to help them protect employees' health and safety. Through a longstanding alliance with OSHA, NAHB has developed printed materials and video resources on safety for residential builders and workers, launched a safety and health Web page on the OSHA site and developed and implemented a training course for OSHA staff.
ASSE is providing an online set of materials to help employers promote NAOSH Week — including a poster, brochures, a PowerPoint presentation and a public service announcement. To access the materials, click here.
ASSE, OSHA and Canadian Society of Safety Engineering will hold a national NAOSH Week Kick-off event in Washington, D.C. on May 4 at the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Capitol.
As part of NAOSH Week, Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) is May 6. The day was established in 2007 to honor professionals who have dedicated their lives to protecting people, property and the environment.
NAHB has produced more than a dozen print and video resources to help employers implement safety programs, comply with OSHA standards and provide safety training for their employees. These include the best-selling “NAHB-OSHA Jobsite Safety Handbook, English-Spanish,” the “Fall Protection Video, English-Spanish,” and the “Home Builders’ Safety Program” book and CD. To see the full selection of safety resources go to www.BuilderBooks.com/Safety.
For more information on NAHB construction safety issues, e-mail Rob Matuga, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8507.
Boost Job Site Safety With Fall Protection Training Products
In an effort to increase job site safety and reduce the chance of job related accidents, NAHB has produced the “Fall Protection Video, English-Spanish” and “NAHB-OSHA Fall Protection Handbook, English-Spanish.”
Both are available through BuilderBooks.com.
The 30-minute “Fall Protection Video, English-Spanish” can be used by builders to train workers to use safe work practices that eliminate fall hazards and comply with OSHA fall-protection standards.
The “NAHB-OSHA Fall Protection Handbook, English-Spanish” provides guidelines for creating a written fall-protection plan and identifying safe work practices that can prevent costly accidents and injuries. Written with clear text, photographs and illustrations, the book serves as a user-friendly resource for promoting safety on any job site.
To purchase the handbook and video online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.