June is National Safety Month
Promote safety for staff and customers.
The National Safety Council wants us to Be Safe, promoting National Safety Month to bring greater attention to the cause.
Leaders founded the NSC 110 years ago because they saw the value in protecting human life. At the time, cars were new. The streets were not. Factories added new machines with their own dangers. Mining was fraught with fatal accidents. The private group saw how the loss of life meant the loss of human capital. They decided to do something about it by promoting safety for all.
Now, the NSC educates Americans on safe driving, workplace safety, community safety and safety at home. Each week during Safety Month, the NSC highlights one of the areas.
OSHA and safety in the workplace.
For most of the Industrial Age, employers created their own safety rules -- or not. People died at work due to unsafe conditions. Until OSHA, there were no teeth in place to enforce safety standards.
President Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into law in 1970. The Act created OSHA and NIOS, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Rules now reduce the chances of serious accidents or deaths in the workplace. It is not a perfect system. According to the OSHA website, in 2019 there were still an average of 15 deaths per day in workplace incidents.
Still, that is a notable reduction since 1970, when 38 workers died each day on average.
Workplace safety expands.
Offices workers need safety programs as well. By reducing accidents and injuries, managers lower worker's compensation costs and work days lost due to injury.
One of the most significant workplace injury liabilities is ergonomic, repeated-motion injuries. Other workplace safety issues include mental stress; physical health; fatigue; workplace violence; and trips, slips and falls.
If you encourage a safe culture for employees, include promotional products to reinforce those ideas. Introduce your new program with hashtag slogans, reminder posters, and safety meetings.
Promotional gifts also work as a token of appreciation. Give imprinted safety promotional products as a thank you. Give gifts to employees who help co-workers in distress or volunteer as safety officers.
Promotional products with a safety theme.
Ready to kick off your new safety program or remind staff that it is Safety Month in June? We have a few suggestions for promotional products to encourage employee safety.
The pandemic was the first time some offices ever thought of PPE. If you work with the public, are in food service, or used PPE before Covid, continue providing these tools for staff. That includes hand sanitizer, masks, face shields, thermometers and protective clothing. Our KN95 masks come from vendors with long histories of sourcing PPE products.
Are you promoting health and fitness for your employees? Then keep them safer as they run, jog or walk in the morning or after work with reflective gear or personal safety lights. Safety lights are also a nice gift for dog owners who take walks with their pets. Keeping people safe at home and as they exercise also prevents lost time in the office.
Do you keep a small flashlight on your key chain, in your car's center console or in your backpack? If not, you should. They are vital for personal safety.
Keep larger flashlights where they are easy to find during power outages. Keep one in a bedside drawer, near any staircases and the breaker box. When storms are heading your way, get out the flashlight as part of overall preparation plans.
Flashlights offer a large pallet for your logo. They are excellent products to help introduce an office safety program.
Reflective vests are Construction Safety 101 and a requirement for other industrial workplaces. More companies purchase vests for workers even if it is not an OSHA rule. High visibility clothing can help reduce accidents in warehouses. Give them to anyone working outdoors and to volunteers during special events.
Do your employees drive to work? Then give them vehicle escape tools as part of your safety awareness promotion. These car safety tools all have hammers to break safety glass and cut seat belts. Some styles also offer flashlights and knives. Some designs even double as a power bank.
Escape tools are not just for water crashes. Accidents may make car doors useless. Escape tools can help you get out -- or get others out -- while waiting for emergency aid to arrive.
While safety should always be first, give staff tools to treat inevitable injuries.
Choose large, 42-piece kits for your office printed with the company logo. Give one to every team member to keep at home or in their cars.
Small, bag-sized bandage dispensers are a favorite promotional giveaway for trade shows and expo booths.
A dead battery or a flat tire can make you late for work or leave you in a dangerous situation. Roadside emergency kits come with jumper cables, flashlights, and emergency warning signs (including flares for some kits).
Give roadside kits to your employees whether they drive for their jobs or just to and from the office.
These are popular gifts with purchase from car dealerships. Ensure your sales staff has these in their vehicles as well. You may want to consider a training session on using kits during emergencies.
Did your safety team spend months working on and writing office protocols? How are you now sharing those plans with staff? Consider putting your safety plans on custom flash drives. We have made Hard Hat Flash Drives and Traffic Cone Thumb Drives for past clients. These shapes remind employees that safety should always be in mind.
You can share checklists, motivational posters, and videos of safe procedures on your flash drives.
Ready to see what your logo looks like on custom safety promotional gifts? Contact your Logotech Account Manager or create an account with us today. Our expert team will help you find the right tools for the office.