Safety Awareness: Monthly Events to Target Your Training
Building a culture of safety awareness takes dedication and the continuous education of your workforce. Mark your calendar for some targeted emphasis and training opportunities throughout the coming months. NFC’s FrameSAFE program includes safety training materials designed specifically for framers that will assist you in targeting specific areas of safety in conjunction with these specific campaigns:
- March Is Ladder Safety Month: Every year over 100 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries. Join the American Ladder Institute (ALI) in recognizing National Ladder Safety Month, designed to raise awareness of ladder safety and to decrease the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities. To help with your training efforts, download a free FrameSAFE Toolbox Talk on the proper use of extension ladders. Check out the full library of Toolbox Talks available with a FrameSAFE subscription. These documents are key to developing an ongoing culture of safety.
- May 4-8: National Safety Stand-down to Prevent Falls: OSHA's ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign raises awareness about common fall hazards in construction, and how falls from ladders, scaffolds, and roofs can be prevented. The signature event is the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, to be held May 4-8, 2020. The stand-down encourages employers to take a dedicated time during the week to focus on fall prevention efforts and training. (Visit the NFC website to download jobsite posters and other resources for this year’s Stand-Down and watch for more information about how NFC members can get involved in the weeks ahead.)
- May 22: “Don’t Fry Day” Heat Illness Prevention Campaign: A day set aside to raise awareness of sun safety, the Friday before Memorial Day is “Don’t Fry Day,” the informal launch of OSHA's heat illness prevention initiative. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention encourages sun safety awareness and reminds everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors. During hot weather, the safety message of OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention Campaign boils down to three key words: Water. Rest. Shade. (Download a free copy of FrameSAFE TBTs: Preventing Heat Illness/Prevención de Enfermedades del Calor and Sun Exposure/Exposición solar to use to prepare your crews for the summer sun!)
- August 10-16: Safe + Sound: Campaign for Safety and Health Programs: The goal of the campaign is to promote the understanding and adoption of safety and health programs. The signature event is Safe + Sound Week, when employers can show their safety commitment through activities related to common core elements of recognized safety and health programs: management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to find and fix hazards.
For more information about NFC and safety resources for framers, visit framerscouncil.org.