NAOSH 2007

Naosh Week 2007

Naosh Week EventsThank you all for helping make NAOSH and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day 2007 a major success!!!

We look forward to working with you on NAOSH 2008 which runs from Sunday, May 4 - Saturday, May 10 and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day on May 7, 2008. Thank you all again for helping us reach millions of people and hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide on the importance of preventing workplace injuries and illnesses. You are helping make a difference.

United States Senate Passes NAOSH/OSHP Resolution!

110th CONGRESS - 1st Session- S. RES. 193

Designating the week of May 6 through May 12, 2007, as `North American Occupational Safety and Health Week' and May 9, 2007, as `Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day'.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 10, 2007

Mr. DURBIN (for himself, Mr. ISAKSON, Mr. OBAMA, and Mr. KENNEDY) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

RESOLUTION

Designating the week of May 6 through May 12, 2007, as `North American Occupational Safety and Health Week' and May 9, 2007, as `Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day'.

Whereas every year more than 5,700 people die from job-related injuries and 4,400,000 more suffer occupational injuries and illnesses;

Whereas transportation crashes continue to be the number 1 cause of on-the-job deaths, and overall in 2005 there were 6,159,000 transportation accidents resulting in 43,433 deaths, 2,700,000 injuries, and an estimated $230,600,000,000 in tangible costs;

Whereas every day millions of people go to and return home from work safely due, in part, to the efforts of many unsung heroes, such as occupational safety, health, and environmental practitioners, who work day in and day out identifying hazards and implementing safety and health advances in all industries and at all workplaces, aimed at eliminating workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses;

Whereas these occupational safety, health, and environmental professionals and members of the American Society of Safety Engineers work to prevent accidents, injuries, and occupational diseases, create safer work and leisure environments, and develop safer products, and are committed to protecting people, property, and the environment;

Whereas the work of these professionals in the areas of occupational safety, health promotion, disease prevention, and wellness programs has contributed greatly to the improvement of overall employee health, increased productivity, and reduction in health care costs, and yields significant returns on investments in occupational safety and health for the employer;

Whereas our society has long recognized that a safe and healthy workplace positively impacts employee morale, health, and productivity;

Whereas the more than 30,000 members of the American Society of Safety Engineers, along with the more than 150,000 combined members of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (ACHMM), the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc., (AAOHN), the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), are occupational safety, health, and environmental practitioners dedicated to keeping people safe at work and protecting property and the environment;

Whereas the purpose of North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) is to increase understanding of the benefits of investing in occupational safety and health, to demonstrate the positive impact that integrating effective safety and health programs in the workplace and the community has on the economy and business, to raise awareness of the role and contribution of safety, health, and environmental professionals in all areas, and to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses by increasing awareness and implementation of safety and health programs;

Whereas the theme of NAOSH Week 2007 is all modes of transportation safety, particularly stressing that motor vehicle drivers should drive wisely to save lives; and

Whereas on May 9 occupational safety and health professionals will be recognized during the second annual Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day for the work they do to keep people safe at work: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate--

  1. Designates the week of May 6 through May 12, 2007, to be `North American Occupational Safety and Health Week' (NAOSH) and May 9, 2007, to be `Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day';

  2. Commends occupational safety, health, and environmental practitioners for their ongoing commitment to protecting people, property, and the environment;

  3. Commends those businesses that encourage a strong safety culture and incorporate occupational safety and health into their business strategies;

  4. Encourages all industries, organizations, community leaders, employers, and employees to join with the American Society of Safety Engineers to support activities aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of preventing illness, injury, and death in the workplace, during the week of May 6 through May 12, 2007, and throughout the year;

  5. Recognizes the commitment of occupational safety and health professionals in their ongoing work to protect people, property, and the environment on May 9, 2007, Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day;

  6. Urges everyone to observe the theme of NAOSH Week and drive responsibly; and

  7. Encourages the people of the United States to observe `North American Occupational Safety and Health Week' and `Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day' with appropriate programs and activities.

 

Massachusetts Teenager Promotes NAOSH Week 2007

This year, Canton, Massachusetts 16-year -old Chelsea Crowley dedicated 12 hours of community service time distributing literature to help promote safety awareness in our home town as part of NAOSH week. She is a sophomore at Canton High School.

As part of her efforts this year, there were three three main groups that she focused on. First, she handed out the ASSE food safety pamphlet titled “Cooking Up Trouble” at the local food pantry and a local butcher shop. Second, she distributed the Garage/Shop Safety Checklist from ASSE’s TransAction Spring 2006 newsletter to the local Public Works office, a cabinet shop and the regional technical high school in Canton. She also handed out OSHA tip sheets on tree trimming and chain saw safety to a local landscaping firm.

Attached is her community service project plan as well as the sheet she used as a handout for each of the locations she visited.

ASSE Greater Boston Chapter Celebrates '07 NAOSH Week Proclamation Signed at Massachusetts State House in Boston

Those present at the State House, left to right:

Mary Vogel

Construction Safety Alliance

Joe Fulliero

ASSE GBC VP Government Affairs Elect ‘07-‘08

Brian Joyce

Massachusetts State Senator

Corey Briggs CIH, CET

AIHA New England Section President-Elect ’07-‘08

David Crowley CSP, CET, CHMM

ASSE GBC VP Government Affairs ’06-‘07

Don Delikat, CIH

AIHA New England Section President ’06-‘07

Mary Ellen Doherty, CHMM

ACHMM New England Chapter President


NAOSH Kick Off Events at OSHA, US Capitol

DES PLAINES, IL (May 3, 2007) – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) will kick off the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health Week 2007 (NAOSH, May 6-12) with ceremonies Monday, May 7, 2007 at 10 a.m. and noon. This year’s theme is “All Modes of Transportation.” Global representatives from ASSE, 35 industries representing hundreds of businesses, federal agencies and winners of the 5th annual ASSE kids' "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest, the future of safety, will be in attendance.

The morning event will feature presentations by all three organizations; distribution of outreach materials focusing on motor vehicle safety; recognition by OSHA of the kids' "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest winners; and highlights of OSHA, ASSE and CSSE NAOSH Week and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (May 9) activities in the U.S. and Canada. More than 30 children and their families are traveling from across the U.S. and the world to attend the event. Attendees and presenters will discuss their common goal, saving lives and preventing injuries and illnesses on the job.

Event 1: 2007 NAOSH Week kick-off ceremony
Participants: Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
Donald S. Jones, Sr., P.E., CSP, ASSE President
Andrew E. Cooper, CSSE Secretary
When: Monday, May 7, 2007, National Kick-Off- 10:00 – 11:00 am
Where: U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building Auditorium, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
   
Event 2: 2007 NAOSH Week Kick Off Reception/Awards/Transportation Safety Update
ASSE President Donald S. Jones, Sr., P.E., CSP, to host
When: Monday, May 7, Noon – 2:00 pm
Where: U.S. Capitol, Mansfield Room (S-207)
Participants: Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
Donald S. Jones, Sr., P.E., CSP, ASSE President
William Quade, Acting Associate Administrator for Enforcement and Program Delivery - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Chris Jahrling, Turner Corporation's General Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Business Unit
J. Dwain Friesen, Chair - Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction, ACTAR
  ASSE President Jones will present the poster contest entrants, future safety leaders, with awards. Officials from OSHA, DOT, business, FedNet, the FMCSA Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, Canada and more will briefly discuss efforts aimed at improving safety in our nation's transportation systems.

 

Be Careful Out There, New Jersey Drivers

Area members of the New Jersey chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the oldest and largest safety society, are concerned that the No. 1 cause of on-the-job deaths continues to be transportation incidents — all modes.

Hence, during the May 6-12 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week 2007, local chapter members of ASSE, along with thousands of other organizations, will be working to raise awareness of the importance of preventing accidents, distributing transportation best practices and urging all to heed traffic rules and regulations.

Read more....

Roadway Crashes at an All-Time High:Here's What You Can Do

Worldwide, roadway crashes and fatalities are at an all time high. Transportation incidents continue to be the number one cause of on-the-job deaths each year in the U.S. and we all pay. Out of 6,159,000 vehicle crashes in 2005, 43,443 people died and 2.7 million more were injured. Those accidents alone cost the U.S. $230.6 billion in one year. In this special NAOSH Week 2007 TransActions newsletter, ASSE's Transportation Practice Specialty provides information you can use at work and in your community to help prevent roadway fatalities and injuries. You'll also find an overview of the problem from a global perspective. As the focus of NAOSH Week 2007 is all modes of transportation safety this newsletter is one tool you can use to help increase awareness of the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace. You can distribute it in your workplace, download it, pass it along to family and friends, and more. Click here to see what you can do and how.

About North American Occupational Health Week 2007

The goal of the annual North American Occupational Safety & Health (NAOSH) Week is to focus the attention of employers, employees, the general public and all partners in occupational safety, health and the environment on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace.

NAOSH '07 Proclamations



South Carolina



City of Portland, OR


City of Arlington Heights, IL


City of Keizer, OR


State of Oregon


City of Austin, TX


State of Texas


City of Des Plaines, IL


State of New Jersey


City of Salem, OR


City of Wilsonville, OR

We are striving to:

  • Increase understanding of the benefits of investment in occupational health and safety.
  • Raise awareness of the role and contribution of safety, health and environmental professionals.
  • Help reduce workplace injuries and illness by encouraging
    new health, safety and environmental activities and
    interest in NAOSH Week.

The NAOSH Logo

The NAOSH logo- three hands forming an equilateral triangle - portrays the three participating nations - Canada, the United States and Mexico - and symbolizes joint venture, cooperation and the commitment to the common goals shared by all occupational health and safety partners. The three sides stand for partnership of the three countries in this joint occupational health and safety venture, as well as all tripartite partnerships between business, labor and governments. The connected hands illustrate assistance and cooperation on many levels - from interpersonal relationships in the workplace to international exchange.


NAOSH - What You Can Do

At Work

  • Host a Family Safety Fair or picnic for your company and their families;
  • Launch a recognition program for safety suggestions that are put into use or enhance ongoing health and safety practices.
  • Conduct an Open House that focuses on health and safety. Involve suppliers. Invite local dignitaries, clients and colleagues.
  • Conduct training sessions for employees
  • Set up specific safety demonstrations, focused on safe work habits
  • Distribute ASSE's PR brochures - the ASSE 'Workplace Safety Guide for New Workers" and the ASSE "Hazardous Materials Safety Information Guide"
  • Promote NAOSH Week through articles in your company newsletter
  • Insert NAOSH Week messages in correspondence, memorandums, e-mail messages to staff
  • Display the NAOSH Week poster in offices, on bulletin boards, at work stations
  • Contact ASSE's PR department for more ideas and tools you can use

At Schools, Colleges, Universities

Students are the workers and business leaders of tomorrow. Making them aware of workplace safety and health at an early age, and, on the need for training and knowledge is critical to helping them work safely in the future. Some activities include:

  • Invite classes to tour your operations, highlighting basic safety features and the importance of working safely
  • Sponsor special safety days
  • Conduct training sessions specific to the new and inexperienced worker and distribute ASSE's "Workplace Safety Guide for New Workers" and other information available from ASSE, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and the 'YouthRules' information from the Department of Labor and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Distribute this information at local malls, churches, community centers and libraries
  • Display and show how to use various personal protective equipment
  • Have speakers available to speak to students
  • Work with local school boards to coordinate special events or help them expand their safety efforts
  • Work with elementary and high school students to promote safety as a career

In Your Community

  • Consider officially acknowledging NAOSH Week with a flag raising ceremony and signing of a NAOSH Week proclamation by your mayor, community dignitaries and other government officials
  • Display a NAOSH Week poster in a prominent location in your community - at malls, libraries, retail outlets, churches, etc.
  • Plan special events such as shopping mall displays that feature safety messages sponsored by local businesses that are supporting NAOSH Week
  • Sponsor a public symposium on health and safety issues
  • Encourage local retailers to display NAOSH Week posters
  • With ASSE develop and send localized news release to your contact local media or a letter to the editor in support of NAOSH week and to promote your organization's activities, and much, much more.

 

About Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day

In March 2006 the American Society of Safety Engineers’ board approved the creation of Occupational Safety and Health Professional day to be held every year during North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) on that Wednesday. This year NAOSH Week runs from May 6-12.

The purpose of this day is to recognize the ongoing efforts of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals to protect people, property and the environment. “They are the ones that make sure you go to and come home from work safely and without injury every day,” ASSE 2005-06 President Jack H. Dobson Jr., CSP, said as the motion was passed unanimously.

National Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day also aims to further raise awareness and pride in the profession, a profession where one is qualified by education, training and experience who identifies hazards and develops appropriate controls for these hazards all aimed at preventing occupational injury, illness and property damage. The safety and health professional follows a Code of Professional Conduct and brings to bear technical knowledge, skill and expertise along with management abilities developed through years of continued education and practical experience. Currently there are about 100,000 occupational safety, health and environmental practitioners in the U.S. today in what has become one of the most challenging and rewarding career fields.

“We take time this May 9th to say thanks to those invisible heroes, who every day work to make your workplace safer and healthier,” Dobson said. “It doesn’t happen often, but when a call is made to a family member that their loved one has been injured or killed on the job several lives change forever. Let’s continue to work with occupational safety and health professionals to make sure you and your family never receives that call.

“If you know one, thank your occupational safety and health professional on this day,” Dobson said. “It will mean more than you know.”