Preventing Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Focus or North American Occupational Safety and Health Week 2007
Des Plaines, IL (December 5, 2006) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), and its thousands of occupational safety, health and environmental professional members, along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will work to raise the public’s awareness of the importance of being safe at work during the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week next May. Events for NAOSH Week, Sunday May 6 – Saturday May 12, 2007, will be held continent-wide along with Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day celebrations on Wednesday, May 9.
The national NAOSH Week kick off will be held Monday, May 7 at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. with an ASSE awards ceremony to follow on Capitol Hill.
Each year more than 5,000 people die from on-the-job injuries and millions more suffer from on-the-job illnesses and injuries.
“At the same time, millions of people go to and return home from work every day safely due, in part, to the work of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals and the businesses committed to protecting their workers,” ASSE President Donald S. Jones, Sr., P.E., CSP, said today. “During NAOSH Week, ASSE, its members and its NAOSH partners representing thousands of businesses and workers will be providing information to communities, businesses, and schools on ways people can stay safe at work.”
As transportation-related accidents are the number one cause of on-the-job deaths, NAOSH Week 2007 will focus on all modes of transportation safety. A tool aimed at preventing motor vehicle injuries is the American National Standard Institute’s (ANSI)/ASSE Z15 “Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations” Standard. The standard provides safe motor vehicle operation guidelines including the operational environment; driver considerations; vehicle considerations; and incident reporting and analysis. The ANSI/ASSE Z15 standard committee represents 35 companies and organizations including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Con Agra Foods Inc., the American Public Transportation Association, the American Gas Association, the Motor Freight Carriers Association, the National Association of Fleet Administrators, and the American Automobile Association (AAA).
NAOSH partners, including the OSHA Alliance Program participants, will distribute the free “Preventing Roadway Crashes” brochure and the NAOSH 2007 poster featuring the winners (age 5-14) of the fifth annual ASSE Kids’ “Safety-on-the-Job” poster contest. These materials, along with information on how to participate in NAOSH Week, are available for downloading from the NAOSH web site at www.asse.org/naosh07, by contacting ASSE customer service at 847-699-2929 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The publication, ” Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes” developed by OSHA, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) can be found on OSHA’s web site at www.osha.gov.
Founded in 1911, ASSE is the oldest and largest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. It’s more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA’s role is to assure the safety and health of America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.