Safe + Sound Week August 13-19, 2018From August 13 – 19, Safe and Sound Week will bring nationwide attention to the importance of workplace safety and health programs for preventing employee injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The annual event encourages participation to help businesses get started with new safety programs or to re-energize existing ones. Company safety programs save lives, sustain health, and prevent costly injuries that can hurt your bottom line.

In Washington State, employers are required to develop, supervise, and enforce a safety program that is effective in practice. Despite this requirement, the lack of a company safety program continues to be the top safety violation for trucking companies in Washington. Safety programs that go beyond basic compliance feature management commitment, hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevention and control, safety training and education, and program evaluation.

Participation in Safe and Sound Week is easy. You can plan your own activities such as holding brief toolbox talks, safety trivia contests, safe worker recognition awards, hazard identification walk-throughs, or a safety retreat day for evaluating workplace safety and brainstorming new ideas.

You can also join free events such as the OSHA Training Institute Education Center’s introductory safety and health management courses. The interactive courses are being held on August 17 in Seattle, Portland, and Boise.  Get course information and register.

For more information on Safe and Sound Week 2018, and to let others know that you are participating is on OSHA’s Safe and Sound Week website.

For free trucking-related training and informational safety program resources for your Safe and Sound Week activities, check out the training simulations on the Keep Trucking Safe website.

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries also has general safety program resources.