The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will kick off its Safe and Sound Week campaign on Monday with events around the country to raise awareness about workplace health and safety campaigns.
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Dozens of organizations across multiple industries in Colorado have signed up to participate in the campaign. The Rocky Mountain Education Center in Lakewood will host a free OSHA 7500 Introduction to Safety and Health Management course on Aug. 17. Becker Safety and Supply in Greeley will host an expo on the same day with sessions on fire extinguisher training, fall protection and harness inspections.
As part of the campaign, OSHA created various resources to help organizations educate workers on safety practices and common hazards in their industries. The campaign encourages organizations to develop safety programs that focus on three core elements: leadership, worker participation and identifying and resolving hazards.
OSHA created sample agendas to help organizations conduct 15- to 20-minute safety breaks or hour-long training sessions. Firms can download customizable flyers in English and Spanish to promote their events, as well as posters, email templates and planning checklists.
Visit the OSHA Safe and Sound Week page to register as a participant, or to download some of these resources for your own event.
OSHA recently announced the release of $10.5 million in funding for safety training programs. The Susan Harwood Training Grants program includes funding for nonprofits to develop training and education programs that focus on identifying and preventing workplace hazards. Eligible organizations, including employer associations and labor unions, have until Sept. 2 to apply for funding.
In Colorado, fatal injuries among construction workers are almost exclusively the result of falls, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationally, almost half of all fall deaths occur in construction jobs.
Danielle Andrus was previously the managing editor for Colorado Builder, and is currently Editor for the Journal of Financial Planning.