2023 Safe and Sound Week Highlights Mental Health
A week devoted to improving safety and health in workplaces across the country kicks off Aug. 7.
OSHA’s Safe and Sound Week gives businesses a chance to publicly acknowledge their ongoing commitment to safety and take steps to improve.
This year’s event kicks off Aug. 7 and runs through Aug. 13.
More than 1,700 businesses signed up this year to pledge their commitment.
Shifting Safety Culture
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 2.6 million work-related injuries in 2021, a slight decrease from 2020.
OSHA encourages companies to use Safe and Sound Week to relaunch efforts to further reduce these numbers.
Companies are encouraged to further develop best practices, improve safety and health management systems, and explore ways to make workers part of the solution.
OSHA officials said they are focusing this year’s campaign on mental health.
In the construction industry alone, the suicide rate is 3.5% higher than the general population.
Many events during the week will acknowledge that workplace safety extends beyond physical hazards.
OSHA has put together a number of resources for businesses about mental health and well being.
A number of Connecticut companies are hosting activities to recognize their safety successes and their commitment to a safe workplace.
Participating companies include:
- Ashcroft (Stratford)
- Atlas Meta Works (South Windsor)
- Eversource (Berlin)
- InCord (Colchester)
- Raytheon Technologies/Pratt & Whitney (East Hartford)
Previous participants have found that participating in this event provides their companies an opportunity to proactively identify and address workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness.
OSHA has a number of resources available for employers spanning from management support to finding and fixing hazards.
Businesses can also participate in related safety challenges.
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