June: National Safety Month

Staff report

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has joined the National Safety Council in recognizing June as National Safety Month, when thousands of organizations across the country raise awareness of what it takes to stay safe at work, on the road and in homes and communities.

“We at the Ohio BWC want employers and employees to think safety all year round, of course, but June is an excellent time for employers to review and update their safety programs and for employees to be especially mindful of good safety habits,” said Ohio BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison.

June brings an end to the school year and an influx of young, less-experienced workers into the work force, some in jobs where they may not be familiar with certain equipment, be it a deep fryer, a chipper-shredder or a carnival ride. The BWC calls on more experienced coworkers to be vigilant and lend guidance whenever possible. Employers can find related information and resources on BWC’s Youth Safety web page.

Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. BWC has reminded workers to follow these simple tips: hydrate, cover and rest.

• Hydrate with water every 15 minutes, even if you aren’t thirsty;

• Cover up with light clothes and a hat;

• Rest regularly in cool, shaded areas.

Workers should be trained to watch out for each other and take action if a coworker is struggling on the job or showing signs of heat illness. Additionally, because many outdoor workers change job sites routinely, it’s important to become familiar with the work location in case there’s a need to call for help.

Said Morrison, “Most injuries are preventable if employers and employees work together to recognize potential dangers and warning signs, and have a response plan ready in case of an injury.”

Staff report