National Safety Month 2021: The Year of the Safety Hero

This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Safety Month (NSM), an annual observance begun by the National Safety Council (NSC) with the goal of increasing public awareness of the leading safety and health risks. According to the NSC, the U.S. is currently seeing the highest number of workplace deaths since 2007—there were 5,333 fatal workplace injuries in 2019. Let's work together to get that number WAY down!

Following this year's theme, The Year of the Safety Hero, NSC will be focusing on a different topic during each week of June and sharing a variety of safety resources you can use to be a safety hero. The weekly topics for NSM are: 

Week 1—Prevent Incidents Before They Start:

The focus of this week will be identifying risks and taking proactive safety measures to reduce hazard exposure, with a focus across a variety of topics from ergonomics to electrical safety and chemical management.

Week 2—Address Ongoing COVID-19 Safety Concerns:

As the pandemic continues, attention has turned to topics like remote work, the return to physical workspaces, the future of the workplace, trust around vaccines, and mental health.

Week 3—It's Vital to Feel Safe on the Job:

The ability to be oneself at work without fear of retaliation is necessary for an inclusive safety culture. Leading organizations focus not only on physical safety but also psychological safety. For that reason, Week 3 of National Safety Month focuses on the intricacies of diversity, equity, inclusion, and psychological safety.

Week 4—Advance Your Safety Journey:

Safety is all about continuous improvement. For Week 4, the focus of National Safety Month is on forward motion in the realm of safety.

​You can download and share free safety resources and materials during National Safety Month by visiting the NSCNSM website. To join in the conversation, follow #NSM on social media channels throughout the month of June and chime in with your questions, comments, and suggestions. NSC is also asking participants to #GoGreenForSafety and wear green to show their commitment to safety.

In 2021 (and beyond), EVERYONE can be a safety hero!

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